Our school is serviced by a qualified full time Music Teacher who conducts lessons each week at varying year levels.
Year 1-6 children participate in this music program.
A Performance Choir and Junior Choir are trained under the guidance of the Music Teacher and perform within the school, at competitions and various functions within the community. An annual levy applies to the Performance Choir.
Program of Excellence, Instrumental Music
At the core of the development of this program is the collective belief in the far reaching benefits that a quality performing arts program brings to a school community. These benefits we believe are not just musical, they are intrinsic to the development of the whole child. They improve academic outcomes, are a vehicle to unite and build pride in our entire community, compel high expectations and ignite the Banksia Brand of Excellence.
The Instrumental music program of excellence is a three tiered performance based program incorporating explicit teaching methodology. Within each tier, that is, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels, sub levels also exists;
Beginner Bands A & B & C
Intermediate Bands A & B
Explicit and attainable achievement milestones guide students to each advancement level. This progression is not age or year level related, it is competency based "if you can, you will" "if you can't, you won't yet".
This tiered system allows all students to progress uninterruptedly as a raw recruit all the way through to the highest level.
The overarching drive of the Performing Arts Program is to provide a very high level learning environment that will transpose into very high level performances.
Whilst these expectations may seem extreme in some circumstances, they are very much achievable.
From 2013 through to 2019 the Advanced Band have won numerous 1st Place and Gold awards inclusive of;
- Brisbane City Band Festival, 5 consecutive years.
- St Columban's College School Band Spectacular, 7 consecutive years
- Queensland Youth Music Awards, 6 consecutive years
- Sunshine Coast Eisteddfods, 3 consecutive years,
- Prestige Music Fest, 4 consecutive years,
- Brisbane Festival of Music, 3 consecutive years.
In addition to these achievements the Advanced Band performed in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House in 2016 & 2018 at the Sydney International Music Festival and received a Silver Medal in 2016 a Gold Medal in the 2018.
To conclude the accomplishments, this program has been on the Grand Final stage of Education Queensland's Fanfare for the past 3 consecutive Festivals 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2018 the Advanced Band was awarded the most outstanding primary School Ensemble.