The evidence is overwhelming. Music in schools helps the development of students’ self- discipline, confidence, self-esteem, team skills and even helps them make positive life choices. Plus there are established links between learning music and academic achievement, including the development of children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Music education uniquely contributes to the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of all students.

The Music Department at NWS P-12 College run their own website which is updated regularly and includes information regarding:

  • Latest events
  • Instrumental music
  • Performances / recordings
  • FUSION music.

Instrumental Music

The Music Department at Narre Warren South P-12 College offers students the opportunity to take individual and small group lessons, for a minimal fee of $100 per Semester, on the following instruments during school time:

Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Percussion (Drum Kit), Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet and Trombone.

Due to limited space in the instrumental program, instrumental Music lessons are only available for Secondary students.

An essential part of learning an instrument is the involvement in an ensemble and participating in ensembles is compulsory. We are extremely lucky to have a large number of performing ensembles including:

  • Advanced Concert Band
  • Training Concert Band
  • Woodwind Ensembles
  • Vocal Groups
  • Guitar and Drum Ensembles
  • Rock / pop bands
  • Reggae Groups

Live performance is an important component to learning an instrument and we are lucky to have a full performance calendar with many opportunities for live performance including: lunch time gigs, café gigs, Live @ the Forum open mics, Year level Assemblies, Celebrations, VCAL / Semester / instrumental / End of Year /FUSION concerts, Community events and festivals. Our 2016 success include:

  • Junior Band “Young n Gifted” coming 2nd place in the state finals of the SMR Battle of the Bands competition.
  • Instrumental music students performing for James Merlino MP minister of education.
  • Vocal group performing for Judith Graly MP at the Embrace Community Forum.
  • Advanced Concert Band performing with the Navy Band
  • Advanced Concert Band and Juinior Choir participating in “Count Us In” event
  • Bands Performing at the SELLEN Careers Expo.

If you would like to participate in instrumental Music, please contact the performing Arts Leader Rob Oakley on


At Narre Warren South P-12 College we offer Music Performance. Our College is regarded as one of the best Music school providers in the area. In 2016 our students had many successes including:

  • Booked through Multi-Cultural Arts Victoria to play live at the Emerge Festival in Dandenong.
  • Played Live and interviewed on ABC radio
  • Recorded and released EP’s on iTunes, Spotify, etc
  • Performed live at over 150 gigs at school and the local community
  • Won Best Original Song at SMR Battle of the bands Competition.

If you would like to apply for Music at the College please contact Mr Rob Oakley on 97043333.

Primary Sport

The primary focus of the Physical Education Program is to develop and enhance the physical activity skills of all students and to encourage and foster a positive attitude toward a healthy and active lifestyle. Every student in Prep to grade 6 participates in a one hour Physical Education class per week. Many students have the opportunity to spend more time participating in a variety of additional physical activity programs through extra-curricular teacher-run sporting activities.

Throughout PE program children are given access to coaching sessions, sporting carnivals, district sporting competitions and lightning Premierships.

Narre Warren South prides itself on its inclusive Physical Education program, a program that also adapts and caters for an ever changing school context.

Secondary Sport

During the year students have the opportunity to represent our school in a variety of different activities. Either being Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country or Interschool Sport. Listed below are the sports that run during the year. We have success with our students representing at district, regional and state level.

Summer Sports

Cricket, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball and Tennis.

Winter 1

Soccer, Netball, AFL and Badminton.

Winter 2

Basketball, Hockey, Handball and Table Tennis.

Extra Sporting Programs

Golf, Girls Tag Rugby, Girls Tackle Rugby and Boys Touch Rugby.

Helping Hands

At Narre Warren South P-12 College "Helping Hands Catering" is a program that has been ruuning since 2013. It has been designed to provide additional life skills for funded students and students at risk. Students will be required to attends classes, involving cooking for morning teas and other events across the school. Our aim is to provide these students with valuable life skills. By being involved they aquire; basic cooking, use of kitchen equipment, socialising, math, science, health, hygiene, safe food handling, table service and promation of good self-esteem through achievable goals.

Profits made through "Helping Hands" reward students at the end of the year with a free excursion.

Previous excursions have included, Holmesglen TAFE training restaurant "Zest" for a silver service three course lunch, Funfields theme park and Kemizo play centre.

We want to thank you for your previous and continued support in this initiative.

"Helping Hands" Co-ordinator Adele Addison.

Stephanie Alexander Garden Program

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at Narre Warren South P-12 commenced in March 2012. As participants in the Kitchen Garden Program students from Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 spend structured time in a productive vegetable garden and home-style kitchen as part of their everyday school experience. There they learn skills that will last them a lifetime, and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs. The experiences are also linked to the integrated, literacy, numeracy and science learning of the students.

Pleasurable food education is about children experiencing the joy of digging in the garden, picking fresh veggies, smelling and tasting the food they prepare, and sharing the experience with their classmates and volunteer helpers. It is also about creating healthy eating habits and learning life skills that they can take beyond the classroom to help them make healthy choices into the future.

The success of this unique and exciting program relies on the support of community volunteers. You don't need to be a gardening guru or a whiz in the kitchen, you just need an interest in growing and preparing fresh seasonal produce and a desire to help our students achieve their best. Training and guidance in kitchen and garden activities and equipment will be provided. If you, a family member, or friend would like to volunteer assisting small groups of students in the kitchen or garden we would love to hear from you.

If you are keen to get involved, whether you have one hour to spare or a whole morning or afternoon please contact Primary Reception on 9704 3325 for further information on becoming a volunteer.

For further information about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Gerden Foundation please visit

ERP – Effective Reading Program

This program has been designed to provide support for students across the College who are struggling with reading and literacy skills. The ultimate aim of this reading program is to produce confident, competent and independent readers. This program offers explicit intervention in a small group setting across Grade / Year Levels.

In ERP, students with similar reading abilities or students who need to acquire similar skills to be successful readers are grouped together. The groups are flexible and are kept small to encourage interaction among the students and to allow the teacher to observe individual reading behaviour.

Some of the aims of ERP are:

  • Brings background knowledge, skills and experiences to the fore to enable the students to make sense of what they are reading and to make links with prior knowledge
  • Engages students in discussion about the content of the text, the reading strategies they use and their understandings of the text
  • Teach all aspect of reading explicitly – comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and word-solving strategies
  • Deepen comprehension through discussion of a text that is more challenging then independent level
  • Build their understanding of the English language
  • Understand how reading and writing are related
  • Enable students to read more challenging texts then they can read independently

Students need vocabulary, expression and structure to access learning in all subjects. Better literacy leads to improved self-esteem, motivation and behaviour. It allows students to learn independently. It is empowering.