At Ngunnawal Primary School our Music Specialist Teacher delivers an exciting, engaging and enriching Music program to all students in the school. For our students the beauty of music, the excitement of performing and the personal growth fostered by participation in music are an integral and well-loved part of their daily lives at this school.
The Classroom Music Program
Each class receives a weekly developmental, sequential, Kodaly and Orff based music lesson which includes singing, movement, dance, instrument playing listening and music literacy.
The Junior and Senior Choirs
Approximately 200 students participate in choir each week. The choirs perform at concerts and events throughout the year. Both choirs compete each year in the National Eisteddfod. In 2012 and 2013 the Junior Choir achieved second place in their section.
The IMP Band program
The school has two outstanding bands, Year 5 and Year 6. The bands perform at concerts and events throughout the year and also compete in the National Eisteddfod (2011, Gold award, 2012,2013 Silver award.) and Bandfest. Students go on to achieve success in selection for High School band programs and an outstanding number each year are selected for the IMP Primary Concert Band.
Students learn the recorder as part of their weekly music lesson from Year 2. Students in years 4 to 6 may also study the recorder in a weekly lunchtime group. They perform at concerts and assemblies during the year.
Piano Tutor program
Students learn piano privately at school from a visiting tutor. Piano students regularly achieve success in exams.
Special Performing Arts Groups
Students audition to take part in a dancing, singing performance group to present items for special occasions and concerts. These items are successful in auditions for Limelight (2009, 2012 and 2013) and students have the opportunity to present their high quality work to a large and public audience.
Evening concerts are an annual event in the school hall which enable students to present their talents and achievements to an audience of over 500 parents and friends. Performances by the school choirs, bands, performance group, recorder group, piano students and staff rock band.
The Junior and Senior Choirs perform each year at the National Eisteddfod. Up to two hundred children from our school take part in this prestigious and public event. In 2012 and 2013 the Junior Choir came second in their section. This is an outstanding achievement.
The Year 6 Band performs each year at the National Eisteddfod. In 2011 the band achieved a Gold Level grading and in 2012 and 2013, a Silver Level grading. This is a highly competitive competition and these are outstanding results.
In 2011, the Year 5 and Year 6 bands participated for the first time in Bandfest. This is an Eisteddfod style competition organised by the Instrumental program. Both Bands achieved high gradings and the Year 5 band was awarded the prestigious Adjudicator's Award.Both Bands have continues to take part in Bandfest each year, achieving outstanding results.
Each year the school takes a part in the ACT Education Department's performing arts show, Limelight. In 2009, 2012 and 2013, performance pieces have been successful in auditions and our performing arts group have taken their place as a special item on the program. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 students in the Googars dance troup have performed in the show's opening piece as part of the Indigenous welcome to country. In 2010 a large group of students performed as part of the massed choir which was co-conducted by our music specialist teacher. In 2013, a specially selected choir, the "Ngunnawal Centenary Singers" were the feature choir of the opening sequence of the Gala performance. This choir also included High School and College students who returned to Ngunnawal Primary to take part in this prestigious performance.
In recent years our two choirs and the Year 6 Band have performed Christmas Carols at the Gungahlin shopping centre. In 2011and 2012 the school also collaborated with a local church to present a special Christmas Carols event at the school. This was well attended by both the church and school communities.This collaboration will be a continuing tradition at our school.
At the end of term four two school concerts are held to showcase the talents of every child in the school. Music and dance items are presented by every class. These concerts also include performances by the choirs and bands.The students always look forward to performing in the "Little Big Gig" and the "Big Big Gig".
Each year additional opportunities arise for our students to perform. In 2012, 6 students were invited to perform on stage with Peter Combe for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree event in Civic.In 2013, 27 students were invited to perform for the "Wattle Day" Citizenship Ceremony, officiated by Joy Burch, Minister for Education and Multicultural Affairs.