The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. (SCSAWA)
St Mary’s Junior School art contributes to many aspects of students’ holistic learning and forms the basis for their artistic development in Senior School. Art-making plays a significant role in developing children’s fine motor skills and adds to their creative enjoyment. From their earliest years at St Mary’s, students are taught sewing, printmaking, painting, drawing, construction and clay sculpture, with an emphasis on individuality and self-expression.
Children are encouraged and taught to think in creative and innovative ways, contributing to an appreciation of our local environment and the world beyond the school grounds. Conservation and care for the environment are values that we promote and model in the art room.
The Junior School Art teacher focuses on linking art to the wider curriculum with projects that connect history, mathematics and science. This enables students to think and learn in holistic ways. Embedded in many projects is a literacy component designed to enhance students’ ability to respond and reflect both on their own work and that of their peers.
All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are involved in a range of music activities. The music specialist offers learning experiences that develop the students’ performance, composition, theory and music analysis skills.
The specialist music programme in the Junior School begins in the Kindergarten and continues to Year 6. It is a structured, sequential, Kodaly-based programme, which recognises singing as the most direct path to a successful musical education. The main aim of the music programme is for each child to experience and enjoy as many different types of active music making as possible, both in class and ensembles.
All students from Years 1 to 6 participate in their year group choir as part of the music timetable, culminating in performances at Music Night and Presentation Night. There is also an auditioned choir (4/5/6 Chorale) open to girls in Years 4 to 6, which provides an opportunity to sing more difficult repertoire and focus more specifically on vocal technique.
Year 2 String Programme
Students in Year 2 have an opportunity to learn a string instrument free of charge for one semester, and participate in a string ensemble for the year. As string players advance, they can join the Giocoso Strings (Years 1 to 4), and the Academy Strings (Years 4 to 6), and may also participate in chamber music ensembles.
Year 5 Band Programme
Students in Year 5 can learn a concert band instrument free of charge and participate in the Year 5 Beginner Band. As wind, brass and percussion students advance they are able to join the Junior School Concert Band.