Special Programs and Activities

  • Students have many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Excursions are important learning experiences which take students beyond the school grounds. They are a necessary part of the program as they extend horizons of students, add reality to lessons or units of work, implement the philosophy of an all-round education and give students constructive social experiences. Details about location, transport and entry costs, and information about clothing or food requirements are provided to parents well before the outing. Written permission is sought for excursions other than those which go to the immediate environs of the school playground.
  • The Outdoor Education program is sequential from daytime, local excursions to overnight experiences. It covers four areas of the child's development - social, personal, environmental awareness and general knowledge. Children should leave Miles Franklin School having had the opportunity to experience three different and significant camps: Birrigai in years three and four and Cooba and Borambola camps in years five and six on a rotational basis.
  • Belconnen and ACT Representation in Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country and other team sports occurs annually.
  • Performances are arranged to enrich the curriculum as appropriate. Students also participate in presenting an assembly for their year level. Assemblies are usually on Friday at 12.00pm on even weeks but these can be subject to change due to other requirements on the school hall, such as our annual fete.
  • 'Brilliant Writers' Competition is held to celebrate our student's writing. The competition generally concludes on Miles Franklin's birthday.
  • Enrichment programs for gifted and talented children provide activities to supplement the extension activities that occur within the classroom.
  • Year 5 and Year 6 students are provided with an opportunity to audition for the School Band. If successful they are band members for Year 5 and Year 6.
  • All students in Years 4 - 6 compete in the school based public speaking competition – Rostrum.
  • State and National competitions (Maths, English, Science, and Computing) are made available to students from Years 3 to 6.
  • In the Buddies program our senior students work with preschool and junior students on a regular basis to provide support for our youngest students and develop leadership skills in our older students.
  • Cross Age Tutoring programs (including sport with Melba High students) are used to enrich learning activities.
  • Preschool and high school transition programs facilitate our students as they move to different stages of schooling.
  • School wide activity days are used to provide school spirit and a sense of community. They include Harmony Day, Market Day and Miles Franklin's birthday.
  • School banking is held weekly and students are encouraged to use this facility.
  • Enrolment in Music lessons is a great way for children to learn an instrument. Our Music Scheme operates to enrich the music program at Miles Franklin. Once enrolled, our Music Scheme links a child with a tutor and is organised within school hours (parents pay the tutor directly). Please see the P&C Music Scheme page on this website for more information. All students enrolled at Miles Franklin may take advantage of this scheme however places for lessons are limited to available spaces with tutors.
  • School Choir is available to all Miles Franklin children in Kindergarten to Year 6. Details are available by contacting the school.
  • Our Ukulele program is a free music incentive that takes place every Thursday morning from 8:15 in our school hall. The school has a limited selection of Ukuleles that can be borrowed for the session. All levels and abilities welcome.
  • The annual Miles Franklin Music Festival attracts entries in many categories from all over Canberra and surrounding regions.
  • Out of School Hours Care provides quality care for children in Kindergarten to Year 6. It operates on the school premises: Monday to Friday 7:30am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm (not open Public Holidays).
  • A School Holiday Program with interesting excursions and activities is available during school holidays operating 8:00am to 6:00pm  (not open Public Holidays).