A celebration of the Arts is woven into Queenwood’s educational environment. Students have the flexibility to specialise in one or more creative art forms and thereby realise their talents. Others get to demonstrate a commitment to developing an appreciation and enjoyment of music, art and drama.
Engagement with creative arts starts in the earliest years with drama and art lessons in Junior School, while music is a regular part of Queenwood school life.
Drama instils creative expression and life skills in presentation. For students wishing to extend their scope in drama Queenwood offers ample scope to participate in regular school productions in both Junior and Senior School.
The Astra Theatre in the Senior campus provides a professional performance space with theatre lighting, sound and rigging. Some girls choose to become involved in the ‘behind the scenes’ aspect of drama, honing skills in lighting and sound.
The School Drama Festival and popular ‘Welcome to My Day’ Festival provide budding thespians additional opportunities to perform and develop skills.
Girls who are involved in productions need to be available for rehearsals after school and on weekends.
As well as affording girls the opportunity to develop acting skills, productions also offer roles in work backstage, in the orchestra or on lighting, sound and make-up.
The School produces a musical or play on alternative years.
Queenwood Junior School offers a rich, rewarding and inclusive music program that ensures girls develop an appreciation of music from an early age.
The Junior School music curriculum has three components:
- Performance and
- Composition (Organising Sound in the Board of Studies Curriculum).
K- 2 students have two class lessons per cycle and one choir lesson. They are exposed to the range of musical concepts in singing, moving, playing and compositional tasks.
Students in Years 3 to 6 have three music lessons a cycle – one longer class lesson, a choir lesson and an instrument group class or ensemble rehearsal.
By Year 3 the girls have developed a firm grasp of musical concepts and are encouraged to experiment, imitate, improvise, arrange and organise their own more complex pieces. They also begin to use different compositional echniques inspired by the works of renowned composers. Many of these works are integrated into HSIE or Science topics.
Years 3-6 students study an instrument in our fully differentiated Instrumental Program.
Preparation for this program begins in Year 2 with the study of recorder in class lessons. From Year 3, girls focus on a particular band or string orchestral instrument. This develops their listening and fine motor skills, the ability to read musical notation, time management and teamwork.
Small group lessons or ensemble rehearsals are held weekly. Students are placed in a class or ensemble with students of equal playing and music-reading ability. Girls who progress more quickly can be accelerated into one of the more advanced groups at any time.
Queenwood’s ensembles comprise two concert bands, string orchestras and select choirs, and smaller performance groups including a cello, flute and woodwind ensemble and a Swing Band.
Numerous opportunities exist throughout the year for ensembles to perform in concerts, festivals and smaller, more intimate concert settings.
To complement the ensemble program, the Junior School has available a talented and dedicated staff of instrumental teachers offering private tuition.
These include piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, bass guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, percussion, drums and musicianship. To sign up for individual tuition, please use the Trybooking online system.
Music is offered as both a subject and as an extra-curricular activity. It is a compulsory subject through Years 7 and 8, and an elective from Year 9 through to Year 12. Different options are available in Years 11 and 12 to suit the skills and interests of prospective students.
The Senior School has an extensive extra-curricular music program catering for differing levels of ability and skill. Currently there are 11 music ensembles, organised into tiers as follows:
- Tier 1 – open to students at all levels of musical ability
- Tier 2 – requiring advanced skills, for which students are required to audition or be invited to join
- Tier 3 – specialist small ensembles for girls of outstanding music skill, with participation by invitation only.
All ensembles play a repertoire representing a variety of styles and genres of music.
To complement the ensemble program, the Junior School has available a talented and dedicated staff of instrumental teachers offering private tuition. These include piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, bass guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, percussion, drums and musicianship. To sign up for individual tuition, please use the Trybooking online system.
Queenwood offers diverse opportunities to perform as part of an ensemble or as a soloist. These include:
- 631 Concerts – Open to any student from Years 7 to 12 who has a solo piece ready to perform. Small ensembles and groups, as well original compositions, can be included on the program. In Terms 1, 2 and 4 performers can play in 631 concerts.
- Showcase Concert – Held in Term 3 and featuring all Senior School ensembles, some Junior School ensembles, and Year 12 music student soloists.
- Piano Recital – Open to pianists of any age who have a piece ready to perform. Auditions are held as there is a restricted number of items on the program. The inaugural event was held in 2011 to commemorate the acquisition of a Steinway piano for the Astra Theatre.
- Inter-school Concert – At times Queenwood joins with other schools to present a concert featuring soloists and ensembles.
- Studio Concerts – Held by the tutors and featuring students who have been undergoing individual tuition. Some tutors hold several concerts throughout the year while others only have one.
Various functions are held throughout the school year featuring different ensembles and soloists. They include school services, the School’s Birthday, Speech Night, the Carol Service and other events that might be specific to a particular year.
Throughout the year Queenwood is often asked to provide ensembles or soloists to play music at council events, weddings, church services, nursing homes, cocktail parties and art shows.