Performing Arts

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The Performing Arts are an integral part of school life at Stella Maris. All students have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive range of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities during their time at Primary School.

​CURRICULUM:

Music

  • All students participate in a weekly classroom Music lesson with a specialist Music teacher where they sing, compose, create, and perform on a variety of melodic and percussive instruments.

 

Arts

 Students participate in four forms of art over the course of a year, visual art, media art, dance and drama. These classes aim to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting students imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. It assists with:

  • creativity, critical thinking, aesthetic knowledge and understanding about arts practices, through making and responding to artworks with increasing self-confidence
  • arts knowledge and skills to communicate ideas; they value and share their arts and life experiences by representing, expressing and communicating ideas, imagination and observations about their individual and collective worlds to others in meaningful ways
  • use of innovative arts practices with available and emerging technologies, to express and represent ideas, while displaying empathy for multiple viewpoints

 

CO-CURRICULUM:

Liturgical Music

  • Students perform alongside staff at school liturgies, masses and other special events

 

Instrumental Music Tuition Program (including Instruments, Voice and Speech and Drama)

A comprehensive program, taught by a team of specialist teachers, catering for all needs (including preparation for examinations and external performances). Lessons are scheduled during the school day on a rotating timetable to minimise disruption to class learning time. Depending on age, physical ability, development, musical aptitude and interest, tuition is available for the following disciplines:

  • Tuition is not available for students in Prep and Year 1
  • Available from Year 2 to Year 6
    • String Instruments - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
    • Voice - Singing, Speech and Drama
    • Piano - including keyboard
  • Available from Year 3 to Year 6
    • Brass Instruments - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium,       
    • Woodwind Instruments - Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone 
    • Percussion Instruments (including Drum Kit, Xylophone and Glockenspiel)
    • Guitars - Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar (only from Grade 6)
    • Theory of Music

 

Dance Program

The Stella Dance Program offers weekly classes to students before school and during lunch times. Students develop fundamental motor skills and learn techniques through different genres. They have opportunities to perform on assemblies, community events an end of season concert. 

Dance groups are levelled based on experience and age groups to help develop ALL students.

 

Ensembles

  • Choral - Piccolo Choir (Year 2 boys and girls), Stella Fellas (Year 3-6 boys) and Stella Bellas (Year 3-6 girls)
  • Dance - Stella Juniors Dance (beginners, Grades 2-3), Stella Dance Extension (have some basic skills, Grades 4-6), Stella Dance Unique (very experienced).
  • Drama - Drama Club
  • Instrumental - Junior Band, Concert Band, String Club, String Ensemble Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and various Chamber Groups

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM:

Performances

  • Throughout the year, all of our school ensembles perform within and outside the school at a range of events. These include school events, festivals and Eisteddfods and combined school workshops and performances.

 

School Musical

  • A full-scale musical is staged every two years on-site at the school. Students are invited to be involved in a range of different aspects of these productions, from singing, dancing and acting on stage to playing in the orchestra or as part of the backstage and technical support crew. The musical embraces the entire school community with opportunities for parents to be involved, supporting staff and with preparation of sets and costumes etc.
  • Previous productions have been:
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2012)
    • The Wizard of Oz (2014)
    • Peter Pan (2016)
    • Beauty and the Beast (2018)