All PP – Year 6 Students have the great advantage of receiving a Drama and Music lesson per week.
The Drama program strives to help the student become a happy contributor and astute audience member of performances. As well as training children how to skilfully communicate through their movement and voice, drama skills emphasize the importance of the use of imagination and contributing to group storytelling. We teach children how to contribute to and support each other through the creation process.
The Music program draws upon the Kodaly and Orff philosophies of an aural based curriculum to teach logical sequential music literacy through singing games and the building of musical texture through tuned percussion and instrumental group music. Classroom music gives the children a musical vocabulary for creating group performances at a high level as well as teaching interpersonal social skills.
All students from years 1-12 have access to the Music Everyday Program which runs at lunchtimes and recesses where they can learn ukulele, guitar and be members of the school band and choir. There is also a Music extension class after school that offers confident singers technique and arrangement skills.
The school choir will be involved in a mass choral performance at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre this year as well as contributing to Christmas and Community concerts for Senior citizens and the general public.
Pre-Primary students also receive a Dance class per week. Children are encouraged to build language, movement and proprioceptive understanding through musical play.
Music education is both a cost effective and scientifically researched means of improving literacy and language skills for children and the Music Program will have an outreach program to parents of Kindy and Pre-Primary students later in the year. Parents will have the opportunity to attend their children’s classes so that they can learn to use musical play at home to develop literacy and language skills at home, whilst also having fun.
As well as the annual Christmas Carols celebration, Hope Performing Arts strives to have two end of term performances each year where parents and carers are invited to see what their children have been learning in their classroom activities.