Music is offered to all students at Quarry Hill Primary School.
Prep to Grade 3 students are taught using a Kodaly based program, with lots of music games and singing activities to teach concepts of music. Tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments are also used in class activities to reinforce the musical concepts learnt through singing.
Grade 3/4 are extended in their understanding of melodic musical concepts by learning the recorder.
Grade 5 and 6 students are taught the guitar, focusing on how chordal harmony is used in music.
All year levels listen to different styles of recorded music, and music incursions are held during the year to expose them to a wide range of musical styles.
Choir is offered to students in Grades 4, 5, and 6, with several opportunities each year for performance including the annual Bendigo Competitions.
An instrumental group has also formed which rehearses weekly and performs several times a year including the Bendigo Competitions.
Private music tuition in piano, violin, wind and guitar are also offered to any interested students, with instrumental teachers from outside the school.
Every second year there is a musical production by the students from Prep to Grade 6, with a concert being held on the alternate year.
Quarry Hill Primary School offers art to all levels with a program that provides students the opportunity to explore, imagine, experiment and express ideas, themes and observations. Students are encouraged to develop their artistic skills by exploring, selecting, applying and manipulating techniques, technologies and processes in a wide range of visual art formats including painting, drawing, animation, printing, textile art, clay and more. Our program offers the opportunity to exhibit and analyse artworks allowing for refinement of ideas, reflecting and interpreting meanings.
Our students at Quarry Hill Primary School learn ‘Chinese’ – Mandarin as their additional language.
The LOTE program ‘Chinese’ is delivered to give students from Prep to Grade 6 an appreciation of the language and culture of China. Students experience fun cultural learning such as Chinese New Year celebration, making and tasting dumplings, learning to use chopsticks and exercising with Tai Chi. In terms of language, student’s progress with each level to become competent in the target language and prepare them for further study, should they continue the study of the target language in Secondary School.
China is now our major trading partner and our economic ties are strengthening. In March 2012, our school signed a Sister School Agreement with Wencui Primary School in Suzhou. Every year a number of Chinese students spend eight weeks learning and sharing culture at Quarry Hill in Term 4. Some of our students visit the Chinese cities Shanghai and Suzhou every year in May/June. Last year two of our Grade 5/6 students visited China and our sister school for an unforgettable experience. This year (2016) we have four students about to embark on their Overseas Learning Experience.