In Creative Arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.
Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.
EMPS held their 3rd Annual Art show in Education week by displaying two artworks from each students within the walkways and technology lab of the school.
Each class chose an illustrator to learn about and then create a piece of art depicting that illustrator or style. Teachers and visitors were very impressed with the level of skill and creativity within each piece. A first, second and third prize ribbon were awarded within each grade, as well as a highly commended ribbon for each class.
Students enjoyed touring the exhibition and learning about the diverse artists studied within classrooms.
Under the watchful eye of Mr Howard Ward, the East Maitland Public School Concert band has grown from strength to strength and is currently in its 7th year since formation.
Students meet every Thursday morning in the school hall from 8:30am where they practice their group pieces. Their lessons are then completed throughout the day in small groups.
Each year our band competes in Bandfest at Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre where they have achieved great results. The band currently comprises of 35 members with expertise in instruments such as flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, bass guitar, percussion, keyboard and glockenspiel.
The East Maitland Public School Concert Band holds close ties with our feeder high school, Maitland Grossmann High School. Year 5 and 6 band members participate in an end of year excursion to this school, where they experience where their talents can take them to in high school.
Each year, all students in Year 2 have the opportunity to participate in ukulele lessons with the talented Mr Ward, our school band instructor. 2G had lessons in Term 1, 2L in Term 3 and 2O will be participating in lesson during Term 4. All students who have participated in these lessons have thoroughly enjoyed them and gained valuable skills in music.
The students at EMPS are a very talented bunch and as a school there are many opportunities for our students to shine in the area of CAPA. Dance is the oldest of the expressive arts. It is as beautiful as it is demanding. We are proud as a school to be part of its rich tradition. EMPS performance group involves a group of committed Year 5 and 6 girls. They give up their free time at lunch one to two times a week so they can learn new routines to perform and represent our school. The latest dance the girls performed was a jungle inspired dance called 'Siva Pacifica.' The drumming beats allow a unique atmosphere where the girls, along with Miss Callaghan and Mrs Cribb assisted in the choreography of the piece.