Specialist Areas

Specialist Areas

Hannans Primary School has specialist teachers for our Science, Languages, Sport, Digital Technologies, Dance and Drama subjects.


As students step into the Science Lab each week they are actively engaged in the evidence-based approach of inquiry-based learning. Exploring the four topics of Biological, Chemical, Physical and Earth & Space Sciences, they develop their own explanations about scientific phenomena through reflecting on their prior knowledge, posing questions, participating in hands-on experiences, and conducting exploratory and formal investigations. The students develop and equip themselves with science inquiry skills to develop their current and future understanding of the nature of science.

My name is Miss Rachel Skellett. I studied a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Australia. Thereafter, I completed a Master’s of Teaching to enable to me to share my passion and love for science. As we move into an increasingly technology-based society I believe it is important to develop children’s science literacy as it challenges their critical thinking and leads to innovation.

The Science Lab is located in Saddington Block in the upper area of the school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me in person or by email. My email address is:  Rachel.Skellett@education.wa.edu.au.

Miss Rachel Skellett



Our comprehensive sports program involves students attending dedicated lessons for one period per week. There is a focus on Fundamental Movement skills in the junior years, which are built upon as older students learn the rules, skills and strategies needed to play a wide range of sports. The emphasis is on participation, teamwork and personal goal setting. We have Annual Faction Athletic, Cross Country and Swimming Carnivals.  These events are then celebrated with an Interschool Carnival for each where the students who placed well in individual championship events have the opportunity to represent Hannans PS against local schools within the Goldfields District.

Swimming Lessons are also held each year for the whole school.  This is an endorsed Education Department directive and considered to be compulsory for all students to attend and gain these vital and life-saving skills.  The lessons take place over a two-week period and students attend each day, travelling to and from the Goldfields Oasis.  Schools are on a rotational roster for lessons to ensure each school has their turn during different seasons.  Our swimming lessons this year are in Term 2.

Year 5 and 6 students have the chance throughout the year to compete in Eagles and Fever Cup events together with both Winter and Summer Lightning Carnivals.  We also have regular visits and clinics throughout the year from organisations such as Rugby WA, the Goldfields Giants and W.A.C.A.

Mr Paul Summerfield


Digital Technologies

The Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies empowers students to shape change by influencing how contemporary and emerging information systems and practices are applied to meet current and future needs. A deep knowledge and understanding of information systems enables students to be creative and discerning decision-makers when they select, use and manage data, information, processes and digital systems to meet needs and shape preferred futures.

Digital Technologies provides students with practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge. The subject helps students to become innovative creators of digital solutions, effective users of digital systems and critical consumers of information conveyed by digital systems.  Digital systems support new ways of collaborating and communicating, and require new skills such as computational and systems thinking. These technologies are an essential problem-solving toolset in our knowledge-based society.

Digital Technologies provides students with authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation. These are all necessary when using and developing information systems to make sense of complex ideas and relationships in all areas of learning. Digital Technologies helps students to be regional and global citizens capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.

Mr Paul Summerfield       


Languages (Mandarin Chinese)

Our students learn Mandarin Chinese at Hannans Primary School. The teacher for our Language classes is Mrs Kinsella who works with the MEG Mandarin program through which we have native Chinese teachers who teach the classes online, in conjunction with Mrs Kinsella.  This program starts in Year 1 and continues to Year 6.

Hannans Primary School has committed to the MEG Language program to ensure that our students receive consistent lessons and learning in Mandarin Chinese with access to native-speaking teachers all based in China.


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