The Arts

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Specialist Teachers here at St Benedict’s are engaged in Music & Dance, Visual & Media Arts, Health & Physical Education and Chinese. In and around these lessons are many sch​ool based, as well as, outside school offered extra-curricular activities which support our Curriculum and are school endorsed. Most of the following activities will happen on a weekly basis, before or after school (depending on the instructor).

​​​M​​​usic

Classroom music education at St Benedict’s is approached with the inclusive attitude that everyone has a voice and through the sequential development of skills, has the capacity to build the musical mind. Music lessons have a strong focus on singing, as singing is recognised as fundamental in the development of musical thinking known as audiation. Acquiring this ability to think in sound also has numerous similarities to the development of learning language.

Students have many opportunities to be involved in the following age appropriate extra-curricular activities which are officered at no additional cost:

  • Benedict Performer's (BP’s) Choir. Year 4 - 6. 
  •  Jr BP's Choir. Year 2 - 3.
  •  Mini Singers. Prep - Year 2. 

I​​nstrumental Music

The aim of the Instrumental Music Program is to develop the students’ musical, social and personal awareness through participation in instrumental music instruction, ensembles, rehearsals and performances.

Students have many opportunities to be involved in the following age appropriate extra-curricular activities, all of which will incur additional costs:

  • Senior Band. Year 5 - 6.
  • Junior Band. Year 3 - 6.
  • Instrumental instruction available for Flute, Clarinet, Alto/Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Baby Tuba, Percussion (drums, glockenspiel, auxiliary percussion).
  • Guitar (private lesson, contact school). 
  • Piano/Keyboard (private lesson, contact Rachel@sweeney.id.au). 

​Dance and Drama

Our classroom teachers focus on dance and drama throughout the school year. Over the last years this has cumulated into a school-wide celebration of the arts performance generally held in Term 3. Our talented teachers and staff offer their time to organise these events with the support and cooperation of our community and students.

Students have many opportunities to be involved in the following age appropriate extra-curricular activities which are officered at no additional cost:

  • Sr Bennies Bright Stars Dance Troupe. Year 5 - 6.
  • Jr Bennies Bright Stars Dance Troupe. Year 3 - 4. 
  • Bitty Bennies Dance Troupe. Year 1 - 2.

​​​​Visual & Media Arts

Students in Prep through to Year 6 engage in weekly specialist art lessons. The children experience a series of activities which may include - drawing, painting, design, construction, pottery, printmaking, mixed media and digital media.​