Specialist Programs

Holy Rosary is a vibrant learning community

We understand that our students’ achievements are dependent on the curriculum being tailored to meet their needs. This process is on-going and changing as students grow and develop.

We focus on student passions, interests and needs through a range of specialist subjects:


Music plays a significant role at Holy Rosary. We have a specialist instrumental music teacher delivering a program to all students. This program focuses on the craft of making music. Extra curricular ensembles, which are available for students to participate in, include: Grade 1/2 Singers, Senior Choir, Concert Band, Production Band, 5/6 Rock Band and student- initiated Rock Bands from years 3-6.

Musical performances include Christmas Carols, a Winter Warmer Concert, a Charity Concert, Family Fun Day, School Musical Production and Mother’s Day Breakfast.

Private instrumental tuition is available, with an instrumental music instructor or teacher, during the school day in drum kit, guitar, bass guitar and piano/keyboard. Additional after school tuition with an instrumental music instructor is available in trumpet, trombone and violin. This tuition incurs an additional fee.


A specialist science teacher delivers weekly science lessons to each class based on the Victorian Curriculum, and the interests and passions of students. Science inquiry projects are also included in the class program.

Each year all Holy Rosary students are invited to participate in our Science Fair. This fair is open for all members of our community to visit and enjoy.  Outstanding science projects are also included in the Science Victoria Talent Search Competition. In 2019 and 2020, we were the recipients of the Peter Craig Award for the most outstanding independent school in this competition; a significant accolade, which recognises our strength in this important learning area.

Physical Education

Weekly classes are conducted by a specialist physical education teacher. Classes cover a range of sports and basic skills, and encourage health, wellbeing, fitness and participation. PE lessons are based on the Victorian curriculum.

In 2019,  in addition to regular weekly PE lessons students also participated in a variety of sports/carnivals including …..

Water Awareness Program (P-2)

Swimming Certification Program (Yr 6)

District Swimming (10 years+)

Summer and Winter Interschool Sport (Yr 5 and 6)

Cricket Gala Day

North Cup (facilitated by North Melbourne Football Club)

Colour Run (P-6)

Cross Country


Holy Rosary Athletics Carnival

Accredited coaching was provided for students from Athletics Australia, Tennis Australia, Hockey Victoria and Cricket Victoria.


Japanese is taught to students from Prep to Year 6 by a specialist teacher. The focus is on basic vocabulary and conversation skills. Dance, song and craft are incorporated as an insight to Japanese language and culture.


All students P-6 participate in a weekly art lesson. Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. Work in Visual Art is displayed bi-annually at the Holy Rosary Art Show and includes 2D and 3D works that highlight a variety of techniques, materials, processes and technologies.

In the alternate year, students participate in performing arts to prepare for our bi-annual musical production. This is held at The ClockTower in Moonee Ponds.