Performing Arts

With Sally Di Salvo

The Performing Arts program enables students to learn ways of experiencing, developing, representing and understanding ideas, emotions, values and cultural beliefs.

Students learn to take risks, be imaginative, explore alternative solutions, share opinions and develop, practise and refine techniques and reflect on their own and others’ work.

Students will participate in a varied Music, Dance and Drama program each semester developing their knowledge of the Performing Arts.
Each semester is divided into weekly timetabled sessions of Performing Arts and students participate in collaborative class activities and tasks which are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum framework for The Arts.

Students focus on Music, Dance and Drama practices by exploring and expressing ideas, presenting and performing art works and responding and interpreting to their own and others’ art works.

All students at SPS will be given the opportunity to perform in the whole school concert at Hamer Hall, which takes place every two years.

In 2019 our School Concert was Cirque De Sandy, in which students performed circus skills they had learnt in Term 2 workshops with The Circus Crew.

Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in a Performance Art Day which combines Performing Arts and Visual Arts performances and Art works on alternate years.

Another highlight is the Film Festival, Sandy Shorts, where Year 3-6 students work with a professional director for a semester on class films. These are then shown at a special Film Night for parents and the SPS community at a local cinema.

As part of our SPS student action leadership team (SALT), Year 6 students organise and run Performing Arts lunchtime clubs for students throughout the year. These include Sandy’s Got Talent for Years 3 - 6 and Drama and Dance Club for Prep - 2. In addition to these clubs students from Years 5 and 6 are able to join The Sandy Singers, our school choir. The choir has performed at Hamer Hall, Port Melbourne Carols night and choir competition, Sandy Village Christmas festival and at various aged care homes in the community. The choir has also participated in yearly choir workshops run by professional singers from the Australian School of Performing Arts.

Students will be able to develop their understanding of Performing Arts through a variety of hands on programs and workshops throughout the year.

Students have worked with indigenous artists and performers on collaborative projects. They have learnt expression through dance with Footsteps Dance Company, focused on singing and performance skills with ASPA and learnt and developed circus skills with Circus Crew. Other visiting workshops from Nexus Arts and Cultural Infusion have included performances of Japanese and African drumming, Mime, Indonesian shadow Puppetry, Chinese and Indigenous music, dance and story-telling.