Here at St Benedict's Specialist teachers within The Arts are engaged in Music & Dance and Visual & Media Arts for Prep to Year 4 and in Music & Dance for Years 5 – 6. Our classroom teachers provide the instruction in Visual & Media Arts to their students and also work in liaison with our specialist teachers to plan an Arts immersion day each semester to further the Arts experience of their students at St Benedict’s. Numerous extra-curricular activities are also on offer within The Arts for any students who wish to be involved.
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 is experienced through sound and is essentially and fundamentally aural based. Music lessons have a strong focus on singing, as singing is recognised as fundamental in the development of musical thinking known as audiation. This is a cognitive process in which music can be heard and experienced in the human mind without acoustic stimulation. Acquiring this ability to think in sound also has numerous similarities to the development of learning language.
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. The following band instruments are taught to interested students in Years 3 to 6 as an extra-curricular activity:
At St Benedict's we aim to provide every interested student with a unique and exciting music experience. We look forward to their active participation in the many musical activities that take place during our school year.
For more information that will assist parents and instrumental music students to understand the basic functions and policies of the program simply click on the link below:
Our 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. Our previous Celebrations of the Arts were:
2016 sees the opening of the specialist art and music rooms in the multipurpose hall with students in Prep through to Year 4 engaging in weekly specialist art lessons of 40 minutes duration. The main objectives of art lessons are:
Each term the children will experience a series of activities which may include - drawing, painting, design, construction, pottery, printmaking, mixed media and digital media.