Aberfoyle Park Primary Schools Campus supports a vibrant Performing Arts program. We boast a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre, incorporating a Theatre, Information Technology Suite, Backstage Classroom, and Instrumental Practice Rooms. Students have access to and are trained in the use of lighting and sound technologies, rigging and de-rigging, and staging concerts and performances. Performance opportunities for our students include Campus Performing Arts Night, Instrumental Music Night, the Campus Fair, Campus and individual school assemblies, Harmony Day, Grandparent’s Day, Asia Week activities, school musicals, Christmas concerts, Southern Music Festival, and performances at a wide range of community events.
Specialist Performing Arts Lessons
Music, Drama and Dance are an integral part of the school curriculum at Nativity. Students from Reception to Year 7 participate in weekly Performing Arts lessons, in which they explore a range of activities designed for and adapted to their specific year levels and individual learning needs by Performing Arts specialist teachers. They are encouraged to develop creatively through the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of Music, Drama and Dance. These are multi-sensory disciplines, requiring a ‘hands-on’, experiential approach to learning in which students enjoy the opportunity to learn and retain information in a supportive, enjoyable environment. In addition to specialist lessons, students also participate in a variety of Performing Arts experiences facilitated by their classroom teachers throughout the school year.
Campus Instrumental Music Program
Students from Years 3-7 have the opportunity to participate in an extensive Instrumental Music Program. Instrumental lessons are available during school hours, with piano and keyboard, flute, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, voice, guitar, percussion and drum kit lessons are currently available. Recorder lessons are also available to students from Year 2 onwards. Instrumental students are encouraged to perform at every opportunity, including individual schools’ events, assemblies, class bands, and Performing Arts Night. We host an annual Instrumental Music Night specifically for students participating in our instrumental program, which provides an opportunity for the school community to experience and celebrate the considerable efforts of our instrumental tutors and their students.
Campus Performing Arts Ensembles
At present we offer a range of Performing Arts Ensembles, including Campus Band, Junior and Senior choirs, and Drama Club. Students involved in these ensembles enjoy a variety of in-school performance opportunities, including a strong involvement in the Campus Performing Arts Night, which showcases the impressive range of Performing Arts talent to be found amongst our students. Other performance opportunities for our ensembles range from the Drama Club annual production, to the Junior Choir’s performance at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Foundation Day Service, to the Senior Choir’s involvement in the Southern Music Festival. Through the leadership of skilled teachers experienced in working with primary school ensembles, and exposure to quality performance opportunities, we aim to develop in students the skills and attributes required to deliver excellence and innovation in performance.