Music doesn’t describe, narrate or tell stories. What it does best is evoke, suggest and imply. It can open up the mind of a child in extraordinary ways. The abstraction of music allows them into a special world and a unique way of thinking. And that’s why they should make their own, preferably via singing. – Richard Gill OAM
St. Ambrose offers a specialized Performing Arts curriculum with specialist teacher, Mrs. Eloise Meyer. Students participate in classes of one hour each week on Thursdays (senior classes) and Fridays (junior classes).
Performing Arts at St. Ambrose combines the Victorian Curriculum learning areas of Music, Dance and Drama and is guided by the Orff and Kodaly philosophies of music education.
During Term 3 each year, St. Ambrose Parish school presents a School Production. The production involves all students from Foundation to Year 6, with the students in years 5 and 6 responsible for the key performing and backstage roles.
Throughout the production, students focus on music, dance and drama performance skills as well as the technical elements of a stage production. Senior students can follow their passion and individual interests by pursuing performance roles or developing skills in audio and sound production and stage management. Students in Foundation to Grade 4, develop drama, dance and music skills which are presented as part of the school production.
Last year’s production was an original work inspired by the Mem Fox picture book, “Where is the Green Sheep?”. The performance follows three well known detectives as they try to solve the mystery of the missing Green Sheep. In an all singing and all dancing production, we meet the many friends of the Green Sheep, some familiar and others unexpected all seeking the answer to the question, ‘Where is the Green Sheep?’.
Each year we alternate between an original production and a professional production. This creates two quite unique experiences for students creating deliberate opportunities to explore the development of a work in contrast with preparing a structured and well-known performance.
2018’s production was The Young Performer’s Edition of the Wizard of Oz.
At St Ambrose, students are encouraged to prepare and present Music, Drama and Dance works to their peers, the school community and to the wider community. Students perform at School Assemblies, Masses, Community events such as the Woodend Lion’s Christmas Carols, School Events such as Grandparents day and have also presented flash mob performances in the school grounds and the local market in Woodend.
At St Ambrose, students are encouraged to prepare and present Music, Drama and Dance works to their peers, the school community and also to the wider community. Students regularly perform at School Assemblies, Community events such as the Woodend Lion’s Christmas Carols, School Events such as Grandparents Day and have also presented flash mob performances in the school grounds and the local market in Woodend.