All students at SSP participate in classroom Music lesson each week. During this time, they learn to sing and play, respond to, and create music. Students in Years 3-5 learn to play the recorder while Year Six students focus on the ukulele.
The instrumental program runs during school time on rotational timetables. Our tutors invoice parents directly for each child’s lesson and each child should receive a minimum of 32 lessons in a full school year. Students in Years 3-6 can begin lessons on any of our instruments.
The school offers private instrumental tuition on the following instruments, which lead directly into our school band program:
Although they do not lead into our school band, the school also offers tuition in:
All our tutors are committed to developing each student’s potential and will enter children into the Catholic Performing Arts Festival, the St Simon Peter Music Concert and other events to promote performance and practise.
All students who have reached the required level of performance skills on a band instrument, are invited to join the St Simon Peter School Band which rehearse together after school. There is no charge to be a part of this band. The band will perform at assemblies, and may be entered into the Catholic Performing Arts Festival, depending upon the level of performance skills at the time.
The School Choir is for students from Year 4-6 and rehearses before school. The students work together to perform in the Catholic Arts Festival, to perform at the School Music Concert, and as part of the School Musical. Each year the students also try to give back to the community by performing a Christmas show for Aged Care residents.
A second choir, called the St Simon Peter Music Ministry, runs during lunchtime, for students in year 3-6, who would like to sing at school masses and parish events. This choir focusses on liturgical singing. They participate in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival each year.
At St Simon Peter, we pride ourselves on our Performing Arts Program. The school runs a musical every two years for students in Years 5 and 6. This program runs after school for the duration of the rehearsal period, and the final Performance is in the Redmond Theatre at Prendiville College.
Depending upon student interest, we also run Dance and Christian Dance programs after school in the years that the musical is not running.
Each year students are selected to present their items in the Catholic Arts Festival. Over the years, St Simon Peter has had great success and three times been awarded the Shield for Musical Theatre performance and have also been awarded the shield for Christian Dance.