The Performing Arts program is an integral part of our culture here at Stuart Park Primary School. Through music, drama and dance, all students are encouraged to express themselves and share in experiences that develop empathy and self-confidence. All classes have one group specialist lesson a week, (linked with the Australian Curriculum Performing Arts) in which they discover, create and share. In addition to this, students have access to other great opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills throughout the year. Our school values the Arts and takes pride in the culture it helps us create. Our students are creative, open-minded and supportive of one another.
Assemblies are often spectacular at Stuart Park Primary School. They are always entertaining and performances are of a high standard, particularly when celebrating special events such as Harmony Day, Anzac Day, Christmas, Science Week, Literacy Week and more. Such occasions see our school community come together to share our love for the Arts.
All classes have the opportunity to perform at weekly school assemblies as the year progresses. Often this takes on the form of dance, song or role playing, along with public speaking. We have seen some wonderful class performances over the years. In addition to class performances, we frequently welcome the school band and school choir to showcase their talents.
Such is the culture of our school, we now see approximately half our Upper Primary students enjoying weekly choir sessions. Students are invited to join our choir and share in the wonder of choral singing, while learning basic music theory and vocal techniques. Performances are of a consistently high standard and well received by those who hear them. We have two choirs, a junior choir (Years 3 & 4) and a senior choir (Years 5 & 6).
There are fantastic opportunities to be involved in our NT Music School instrumental program (e.g. drums, guitar, saxophone, flute, trumpet, clarinet, trombone) and band program (Years 4–6). Specialist teachers tutor students in a range of instruments and they come together each week to form our school band.
A great instrument in its own rite, and a great introduction to other stringed instruments, ukulele is a fun and easy instrument to learn. Lessons are provided at recess and lunch times. Students learn technique, informal music theory (no sheet music) and songs, while developing performance and improvisation skills. There are two classes available: beginner and intermediate. Students are also supported with an online teaching resource, available to all who want to learn.