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.
Creative & Performing Arts
Commencing in Kindergarten with the Toothless Choir, Lane Cove West students are involved in a variety of exciting musical experiences. Our students love to sing and as a result of overwhelming interest in our choral program, this year we have introduced an additional choir. In total, our three choirs comprise 100 students and weekly rehearsals for each group take place on Thursdays before school.
The Opera House Choir is made up of 36 students from Years 5 and 6. The challenging repertoire is set by the Arts Unit and students work towards a concert at the Sydney Opera House, where they perform as part of a massed choir of 700 children from across the State. Teachers Bronwyn Neal and Shelly Fogarty are responsible for training this group.
The Primary Proms Choir comprises 30 students from Years 3 and 4, who work towards a special performance at the Sydney Town Hall. This choir is trained by Lindsay Lamb and Alix Highland and forms part of a massed choir of 300 voices.
The Senior Singers, led by Nikki Adams is our newest group. This choir of 34 students is made up of enthusiastic singers from Years 4 to 6 who will perform at local events and venues.
An exciting year is planned for all our singers, the first performance being at the Harmony Day Assembly, where all 100 of our choristers will combine to entertain grandparents, families and friends. We are proud that so many of our students and school families are keen to become involved in important community events.
Our students are congratulated on giving up their own time to participate in our school choirs - a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile extra-curricular activity!
This term the after-school Drama Club has been offered to Year 5 and 6 students. Each week children participate in exercises to strengthen their performance skills. These include voice and focus exercises and improvisation games. A favourite game is space jump, which involves improvising a scene then changing the scene to something completely different. The students brainstorm ideas which combine the genres and characters they enjoy. From these ideas the students write plays which will be performed later in the year.
School Band Program
In addition to the Junior and Senior Bands, this year we have expanded the band program to include a Concert band and a Jazz band. Conducting the Senior and Concert bands this year is Mr Brad Madigan. The Jazz and Junior bands are conducted by Ms Alex Silver. In previous years both our conductors have guided our bands to Silver and Gold awards at the Yamaha Band Festival. This year the numbers in each band are: Concert - 32 players, Senior Band - 26 players, Junior Band - 45 players and in the Jazz Band - 14 players.
A parent run Band Committee ensures the band program is run efficiently and effectively in liaison with the professional Senior Band Director, Brad Madigan. The bands have a variety of performance venues during the year, including performances at school assemblies and special events, Yamaha Band Festival, Ryde East Band Festival and NSW Band Festival.
Further information about the School Band can found on the P&C website