The Performing Arts Faculty aims to engage as many students as possible at a
high level of musical, dance and dramatic performance. We currently run the
following performance initiatives:
Stage Band – 20 piece jazz, rock, funk, swing band
Choir – 40 strong mixed choir
Specialist Music Programme – programme for the musically passionate
Numerous rock bands – all have frequent opportunities to perform
BandWorks – Rock Band Mentoring Programme
Chamber music groups – small instrumental groups
Itinerant music lessons in a wide range of instruments
Class music lessons at all levels
Stage Challenge (bi-annually)
School Show (bi-annually)
Community drama activities
These initiatives are fuelled by a drive to participate in the following musical opportunities. These events enable students to focus their efforts and set clear, achievable but challenging goals. A run down of a typical year is as follows:
Although there are a large number of competitions listed, the focus is not on competition, rather on participation and each student is encouraged to aim high within themselves.
The Music Faculty is well resourced with professional live sound reinforcement and recording capabilities. We have good rock band instruments for students to use in school and have recently bought an RD-700GX stage piano – second to
none in stage pianos. We are currently fundraising for 20 iMac computers to
place in the classroom with long term plans to raise $4 million to build a state-of-the-art performing arts complex.
For dance and drama we have the facility of a drama room with stage, dance studio and, of course, the school hall which is able to stage a full school musical. We run full programmes in these areas.