Canterbury Public School

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Creative arts

Creative arts is mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. 

In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.

Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.


The programs offered at Canterbury Public School are designed to foster students' music abilities and love of music. We want as many students as possible to have access to the musical experiences we offer. Aside from music education in the classroom as part of the creative arts syllabus, we have many options for musical involvement outside class in a range of music ensembles.

  • In Kindergarten to Year 2, there is the junior choir and in Years 3 to 6,  there is a senior choir led by trained choir masters.
  • There are also the training and concert bands after school on a Thursday, open to Years 3 to 6, as well as junior and senior string emsembles before school on a Wednesday. The string ensembles are also open to Years 3 to 6, with some students starting in Year 2, depending on competency. Martin Davison will lead the bands, and Rhea Sullivan will continue to lead the strings – both experts in their field.

Band or string ensemble membership provides a unique opportunity for your child to learn an instrument, experience the pleasures of performing and develop important team work skills. All Year 3 students are eligible to join the training band or string ensemble – they are not required to read music or play an instrument.

However they do have to demonstrate their commitment by attending weekly rehearsals and tutorials and practising their music at home. All programs are managed by the parent-run music committee, a Music Liaison Teacher, Mai Quintal, ensemble leaders and the principal. For more information about Canterbury Public School's music program, visit our music website or download our music program handbook (DOCX 755KB).