Creative arts is mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.
Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.
The development of each pupil's potential in the creative arts is an important ingredient of the school's curriculum. We know that participation in the arts can have a profound positive effect on children’s mental and physical development.
The school offers students from Years 3-6 the opportunity to learn and play an instrument. Over time, students progress from the Training Band, to the Concert Band, to the Performance Band. Instruments include the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, euphonium, drums and keyboard. Instrument tutorials and band rehearsals are held both within and out of school hours. This program is managed by Key Music Australia, with an active P&C sub-committee in support. Band students have a special band shirt which can be purchased through the school Uniform Shop.
For more information about the band program contact the school office for a band booklet or visit Key Music Australia.
We have very popular and successful performance choirs available to students in Years 3-6. In recent years they have appeared at the Schools Spectacular in the Entertainment Centre, the Children’s Festival of Music and Children’s Festival of Choral Music. All our choirs perform regularly at school functions and other special events.
Students from Years 3-6 have the opportunity to join performance dance groups. Our dance groups have performed with great distinction at annual events, the Sydney North Dance Festival, the Ryde Schools Spectacular and the Children’s Festival of Music.
Those students who are not selected for the Performance Dance Group, can participate in a Lunchtime Dance program with a specialist dance teacher.
In 2018, students from Year 3 have the opportunity to join performance drama group. It is hope that this group will be chosen to perform at regional drama events. It will also perform locally and at school.
Students are given regular opportunities to develop their skills and creativity in the visual arts with their class teacher. The learning supports themes being explored in other key learning areas.