Performing Arts

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Performing in front of an audience promotes student growth in self-confidence.

The Performing Arts program at St Paul’s offers a wide variety of opportunities for our students to participate in ensembles and perform as soloists in their own right.  Disciplines cover a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Classical and Contemporary. Some of our most outstanding soloists have gone on to complete further study in Performing Arts at renowned institutions such as the Victorian College of The Arts and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Traralgon Junior School Performing Arts Program

Junior school students at St Paul’s Traralgon have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of opportunities in Performing Arts through Music and Drama.  Along with weekly Performing Arts classes there are ensembles held before school and at lunchtimes that include Training and Concert Bands, String ensembles, Choir and Drama.  These groups perform at eisteddfods and at school events that include Breakfast Soirrees, Semester 1 Studio concert and the end of year ‘Best of the Best’ Concert.

In Year 3 all students have the opportunity to learn an orchestral string instrument during their regular classroom music lesson.  This program has provided a different way of learning to our students and has proven extremely successful over the last five years.  We now have two string ensembles which are Junior School based who have performed with outside community groups and had specialist tutoring from expert musicians.

In the Early Years, our staff run a Preschool Music program one morning a week which has proven quite successful and enjoyable.

Each year, all students are involved in the Junior School Concert within their year levels.

Traralgon Secondary School Performing Arts Program

Each year a number of ensembles compete in local and interstate competitions including James Morrison’s, Generations in Jazz held annually in Mt Gambier, as well as the Royal South Street Eisteddfod, Ballarat.

Ensemble opportunities alter from year to year, but have included:

  • Concert Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensembles (Flute, Clarinet, Brass and Saxophone)
  • Choir
  • Jazz Combos
  • Drama groups

In addition to these ensembles we have a bi-annual, full-school musical which allows the students to develop their skills in dance, acting and singing.  These productions are an outstanding opportunity for the students to work to together to achieve a common goal that all members of the School and wider community can enjoy.

The Co-curricular lessons program offers a very wide breadth of instruments to study from guitar, piano, voice, drums, woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion.  In addition, we offer individual Speech and Drama lessons where the students can choose to develop their communication, public speaking and acting skills.

We are very fortunate at St Paul’s to have teachers who are currently working in the industry as professional artists and who are also passionate about their teaching.  Our students are able to be inspired by our teachers’ experience and passion for their craft.

Each year we present two major concerts : Studio concert in Term 2 and the ‘Best of the Best’ Concert in Term 4.  The Studio Concert is an opportunity for all the ensembles to perform, usually for the first time each year and is a great preparation for eisteddfods and outside performances which occur throughout the second half of the year.  The ‘Best of the Best’ concert again features the ensembles, but also gives our more experienced performers an opportunity to demonstrate their work from the year.  Students must audition for this concert, with the number of performance spots available being limited.  This concert includes solo and duet musicians, drama students and dancers from within our own program, as well as our students who learn from community teachers.  This is the highlight of the year for the Performing Arts Department.

Throughout each year the students have the opportunity to perform in a range of small ‘Breakfast’ soirée concerts held before school which allow them to develop their performance skills in a familiar and supportive environment.

The SEISA cultural event calendar provides opportunities for students to meet and demonstrate their talents to like-minded students from the other SEISA schools.  Events include the Music/ Drama/ Visual Arts Festival in Term 1, Public Speaking/ Debating/ Chess event in Term 2 and the Dance and Theatre Sports event in Term 3.

Warragul Junior School Performing Arts Program

Junior School students at St Paul’s Warragul have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of opportunities in Performing Arts through Music, Dance and Drama.  Along with weekly Performing Arts classes there are ensembles and clubs that include Recorder, Band, Guitar, Dance, ‘Boyz Dance Crew’, Celtic, Choir and Drama at Warragul.

With soirees on campus, there is also a Performing Arts Concert and Musical Production held at the West Gippsland Arts Centre each year in Warragul.

 

Warragul Secondary School Performing Arts Program

Each year a number of ensembles compete in local and interstate competitions including James Morrison’s, Generations in Jazz held annually in Mt Gambier, as well as the Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat.

  • Concert Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensembles (Flute, Clarinet, Brass and Saxophone)
  • Choir
  • Jazz Combos
  • Drama groups

The Warragul Secondary campus has a bi-annual, full-school musical and drama production which allows the students to develop their skills in dance, acting and singing at the West Gippsland Arts Centre.  There is also an annual ‘Centrepiece’ concert which is a showcase of featured soloists and provides a stage for our large ensembles to perform.  These productions are an outstanding opportunity for the students to work together to achieve a common goal that all members of the School and wider community can enjoy.

The Co-curricular lessons program offers a very wide breadth of instruments to study from guitar, piano, voice, drums, woodwind, brass, strings and percussion.  In addition, we offer individual Speech and Drama lessons where the students can choose to develop their communication, public speaking and acting skills.

We are very fortunate at St Paul’s to have teachers who are currently working in the industry as professional artists and who are also passionate about their teaching.  Our students are able to be inspired by our teachers’ experience and passion for their craft.

Throughout each year the students have the opportunity to perform in a range of small soiree concerts held on campus which allow them to develop their performance skills in a familiar and supportive environment.