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School showcases its music program

Artarmon Public School’s (APS) impressive musical arts program will be showcased this September in a concert at the Concourse in Chatswood. In a first for the school, the concert will feature five school bands, the strings groups, the choirs and the JRock group performers.

“We hope the concert will be a really exciting one for parents particularly because it’s going to bring all those different groups together and really highlight the level of talent that’s here at the school,” APS Deputy Principal Ryan Shepheard said.

The JRock group will be fresh from their Sydney Entertainment Centre performance in the JRock Eisteddfod Challenge. Teacher Catherine Yeo and her team have spent two terms honing the performance, which involves 90 students from grades three to six. Using contemporary music, which includes tracks by Pink, Jay-Z and the Foo Fighters, the APS entry is titled, The Boxer.

Combining dance and drama, it is the story of a homeless girl who sets out to achieve her dream of becoming a professional fighter. “She discovers that with practise and perseverance, anything is possible and your dreams can come true. Her triumph over adversity and difficulty is a major highlight and message of the performance,” said Catherine.

The annual cross country is also a day on the school calendar that cannot be missed. Year 6 student Molly Quoyle set a blistering pace in this year’s event, earning her a spot in the regional competition. Having claimed second at regionals she then competed in the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association state cross country carnival coming a very credible twelfth with a time of 12 minutes 23 seconds.

Another student who will be competing at state level later this year is Daniel Selvadurai. APS has just hosted the district final for the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition. Competing students were required to deliver one prepared and one impromptu speech. Daniel won his section and will now enter the state final as defending champion having won the competition in 2011.

Also sporting the smiles of champions are Luca Thomas, Jonathan Cribb and Max Countryman. The Year 5 students wrote and illustrated their own storybook featuring the local native ringtail possum for a Willoughby City Council initiative; Our Local Wildlife Storybook Competition.

Titled Mike and the Moon the book will be published by the council and made available in local and school libraries throughout Willoughby.

Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly presented the boys with certificates and native plants to grow their own indigenous animal habitat.

For Ryan, excellence across many different disciplines reflects the APS staff’s commitment. “I think it’s one of the really great things about APS in terms of what it can provide to the community because it’s really an enriched learning environment and it’s well supported by the parent body and the broader school community.”

The school is now preparing for its next intake of students. Kindergarten orientations are underway and the next orientation day for students entering school in 2013 will be held on Wednesday November 7.

by jane Rowley

Courtesy of Gazette August 2012
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