Canterbury Public School

Participation, Equity, Excellence

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Extra-curricular activities

Our school offers students many extra-curricular opportunities in the performing arts.

Since 2005 we have had a recorder ensemble and students have performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Instrumental Music run by the Department of Education Arts Unit. Through the support of the parents and citizens' association (P&C) the school established a concert band and string ensemble in 2010. Students also have the opportunity to take part in rock school, scheduled every second term.

Highlights include:

  • Engadine Band Fest 2011: the concert band won silver, the string ensemble won bronze in their first year together.
  • Engadine Band Fest 2012: the band again won silver and the string ensemble brought home the gold trophy.
  • Engadine Band Fest 2013: both the school band and the string ensemble won gold. 
  • Festival for Instrumental Music at the Sydney Opera House: String ensemble performed in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Performing at Ashfield Mall during Education Week, Tuesday 30 July 2013.


Canterbury Public School offers students the opportunity to be part of a school concert band which rehearses once per week under the guidance of Mr Martin Davison. Mr Davison has performed in jazz bands, plays the saxophone and many other instruments and conducted school bands all over Sydney. The concert band rehearses every Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. The training band rehearses from 3:30pm to 4:15pm.

Parents of children in the band are required to assist with supervision of  band rehearsals. The roster is coordinated by Kaye Elphick.

String ensemble

Students of string instruments can choose to be part of the string ensemble, which meets once per week under the guidance of Ms Rhea Sullivan. Ms Sullivan is also the violin tutor. The string ensemble meets every Wednesday morning in the hall from 8.00am until 9:20am.

Parents of children in the ensemble are required to assist with the supervision of rehearsals. The roster is coordinated by Lisa Haller.

Recorder ensemble

Our recorder ensemble for Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) students is conducted in school time on Thursday afternoons. This introduction to instruments is hoped to inspire infants students to join other ensembles in their primary years. 


The school has a handful of instruments to hire. Other parents have also hired instruments from commercial hire places in the past few years. The String Centre at Chatswood will hire or sell instruments. Prices for hiring and or purchasing instruments vary according to company. Information can be obtained by contacting the school music liaison teacher, ensemble leader or talk to your child's tutor about what would be the best way to proceed. Another option is to contact the Department of Education's Arts Unit in Lewisham, who have a range of instruments for hire.


If you would like your child to learn an instrument at school please contact the tutors to organise a time and place for tuition. Please inform the school as well so that your child's place in either the school band or string ensemble is secured for the year.