At Wangaratta Primary School, we are passionate about educating the whole child. We offer a comprehensive Performing Arts program with weekly one hour classroom sessions for each class and an instrumental music program including guitar groups, band and choir.
Public performance is a key aspect of the program. Students perform at school assemblies as well as at special community events. In the past, students have performed as part of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, in the national ‘Count Us In’ event, at local cafes, kindergartens and for the Senior Citizens. Our choir has been honoured to have the privilege of working with Patch Theatre Company, Young Adelaide Voices, The Rural City of Wangaratta and The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on their major children’s production “The Moon’s a Balloon”.
Each alternate year we also have a ‘Performing Artist in Residence Week” where students work with a performance artist to develop a show to share with families at the end of the week. In the past students have created performances centred around Bollywood dance, African Drumming and Dancing Through Time. On the other year we produce a whole school musical production with a cultural theme.
We are a Musical Futures Champion School which aims to engage years 3-9 students through formal and informal learning and playing. This program is used in conjunction with our Orff/Kodaly inspired program to ensure that students graduate from our school with good musicianship skills to equip them for secondary school. Our program aims to foster development of the intellectual and expressive potential of each student. It is well planned, sequential and engaging. Children are active in classes; moving to music, singing, playing, creating, listening and responding and performing. Most importantly, we hope to foster a love of music and inspire children to continue music later in their lives.