Mt Waverley's Best Kept Secret: Syndal South Primary School
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The Arts (Visual and Music).

The children at Syndal South Primary are very fortunate to have such a wonderful environment and great resources at the school to stimulate their creative development.

Visual Art

A purpose built Art Room is well equipped to allow children to explore a wide range of creative experiences.  A covered courtyard is attached to the Art Room, and is often set up with easels to bring out the “artist”.

The Visual Arts Program allows for the students to use the Art Room for one hour each week, whereby activities could include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Model Making
  • Art Appreciation
  • Printing
  • Pottery
  • Textiles
  • Construction

Units of work being explored in the classroom are often supported with the lessons in the Art Room. Arts and craft that reflect special events and special times of the year are also woven into the art program.

Students are involved in practical experiences, which lead to imagining, exploring, creating, discovering, reasoning, inventing, experimenting, selecting and appreciation of art.

In addition to the lessons in the Art Room, children also experience many art–related activities in their classrooms each week.

Visual Arts

A chance to see some of the art works created by our students.
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Music

Music at Syndal South Primary School can develop each child’s music potential through its program of Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk  based  lessons from an accredited Kodaly and Orff trained music teacher.

The music room is situated in the beautiful tree filled grounds of the school, so classes often get the opportunity to work outside in small groups to devise their own compositions.

All students get the opportunity to experience playing, singing, creating, dancing, listening and reading music. Our developmental music program teaches the skills of performing rhythms, keeping beat, matching pitch, identifying music notation and listening critically, with focus and with understanding. Students play recorders, xylophones, percussion, drums and keyboards.  They learn to take responsibility as performers, work as music makers in ensemble groups and choirs, to be imaginative and communicative though sound. They also engage in music discussion and experience being an audience for regular incursions of ‘live’ music from professional musicians.

Scope and breadth of the Syndal South music program:

  • Kodaly based activities and experiences which engender pitch, rhythm and beat with ‘fun’ songs and games.
  • Play descant recorder from year 3 to year 6
  • Play treble and tenor recorder in year 5 & 6
  • Play in tuned percussion (xylophone) ensembles – all year levels, but an intensive ensemble group at year 2 develops team effort, memorisation and performance skills.
  • Sing in choirs at formal events, all levels, with emphasis on large whole level choirs at years 3 to 6.
  • Play drum rhythms – year 6
  • Compose and improvise music
  • Large collection of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, keyboards, guitars  and an impressive set of music resources housed in a dedicated music room.
  • Participate in public events eg. Victorian State Schools’ Spectacular, The Boite School Music Concerts
  • Experience listening to ‘live’ music from professional musicians eg. Musica Viva in Schools
  • School concerts and regular concerts for our community.eg Grand Parents Day
  • Private tuition on piano or guitar