Oatley West Public School

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Creative arts

Creative arts is mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. 

In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.

Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.

Oatley West Public School provides numerous opportunities for our students to participate in a variety creative arts extra curricular activities. Such activities include band, percussion power, recorder, choirs, talent quest and chess groups. Students can unleash their creative flair through dance and drama performances, competitions, exhibitions and enrichment programs. Students with particular interests and talents can participate in local and statewide activities in visual arts, music, dance and drama.

BAND

Our school is noted for its exceptional music program. The band program has been running for 30 years and our bands continually achieve high standards at inter-school competitions. There are 3 levels of bands: training, intermediate and concert. Students are eligible to join training band from Year 3. The school band includes flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones and euphoniums. Instruments are available through the school through a hire-buy system. The bands practice two mornings a week, before school.

CHOIR

Our junior and senior choirs provide students with the opportunity to showcase their singing talents. Both choirs are conducted by staff and rehearse regularly during lunch times. They perform at school assemblies, annual school musical evening and also form part of the massed combined school's choir at the Hurstville Zone Music Festival. Separate auditions may be held to select members of each choir.

PERCUSSION POWER

Oatley West has two percussion groups - junior percussion power for  K-2 and senior percussion power for Years 3 - 6. Drums, bongos, disc breaks and boom whackers are just some of the exciting instruments played in the percussion groups. Senior percussion power competes in various competitions and performed at school functions and some of the venues with the bands.

RECORDER

Our Recorder program starts in Year 2. This is a good introduction to both learning to read music and the discipline of playing with a group of other children. A majority of these children join the band program in Year 3 or continue with Senior Recorder into primary years.

TALENT QUEST

All students from K-6 have the opportunity to participate in the talent quest. Students work collaboratively or as individuals to present items covering a wide range of talents in the performing arts - dance, drama, singing and poetry recitals. Students experience a number of auditions to help them refine their performances before the final selection of the winning group. Apart from the promotion of talent students develop the skills of cooperation, collaboration and negotiation throughout the learning process. Our talent quest is well receives by students, teachers and parents and has become a significant program within the overall curriculum.

CHESS

The Sydney Academy of Chess usually conducts chess classes at our school during a lunch time session. Chess is a valuable activity to children developing their logical thinking skills, concentration and discipline as well as being a source of much enjoyment