For many years we have
provided every child an opportunity to participate in at
least one performance of some kind. Some students have
the confidence to go it alone; others build confidence by
being part of a small or large group performance. Our
classroom music program and the extra-curricular activities
build the skills to enable successful performances.
We all enjoy these
performances at school assemblies, during
multicultural week and on other special occasions. Our choir
and dance group and some individual students have also
participated in public performances at, for example,
the local shopping centre, at Styling Up, the Silkstone
Eisteddford, Vietnamese Moon Festival.
A highlight of the year is
D-Factor, a talent quest organised by Ms Salemanesa assisted
by a number of teachers who judge the semi-finals and
finals. The talent revealed is always astounding.
CLASSROOM MUSIC PROGRAM
Our music program emphasis is based on the introduction of
signs, names and symbols to provide students with music
notation skills. Rhythmic time names, solfa and hand signs
are used to help students express what they are hearing,
reading and writing and to encourage in-tune singing.
We are venturing into
composing music using computer software.
Classroom Music at Durack for Prep-Year 6 consists of weekly half hour lessons.
Durack is one of the few schools that offer
students in Year 3 an opportunity to learn an instrument and
become a member of the school band. The instrumental
program is offered in Year 3-6 at Durack conducted by Ms
Salemanesa and at
present we offer flute, clarinet, saxes, percussion,
trumpet, trombone, French horn and violin. Durack has a Beginner
Band, Junior Band and Senior Band. There is also a
Senior Strings group.
Durack has a senior choir conducted also by Miss Salemanesa.
The choir will be learning popular/modern a capella
songs this year as well as the traditional choral which the
children love to sing. The Choir meets every Thursday
to practise and learn new songs. Our Choir has been quite
successful in eisteddfods over several years.
This group was formed to provide instruction of dances of
cultures that make up our school and as a performing group
for special guest visitors to our school.
Costumes/props are provided by the school and dances are
taught by Ms Salemanesa and talented teachers in the school. Practices
are every Tuesday lunch break.
A small guitar group of no more than eight students learn
basic bar chords and popular songs with Mrs Haynes who is
our support teacher for literacy and numeracy. These
lessons occur during lunch breaks as fits in with other