The Arts

 

We offer an extensive program within the Artistic Industries, catering for varying skill levels and supported by a variety of opportunities to showcase achievements within these fields. Students are invited to participate in one or more of the rich and diverse Arts experiences promoted by this Department.

Dance

Rossmoyne Senior High School offers a multi-award winning Dance program.  Dance develops students’ confidence and self-esteem and is gaining a high profile within the community under the direction of a professional team of choreographers/teachers.  Students participate in a wide range of performances throughout the year and are given the opportunity to audition for special projects.  Skills are developed in a range of styles including contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, creative and capoeira.


Drama

Drama is an educational tool and art form that explores human behaviour in social and historical contexts. It provides the tools and opportunities to develop strong communication skills, and ways of working as part of a team, that underpin much of the workforce.


Media

Media is a vibrant and fun subject that teaches students filming and editing skills which allows them to explore artistic and creative ideas.

Students learn about all three stages of producing a variety of texts, ie. short film, documentaries and animation.

Studetns work both independently and cooperatively in media classes ensuring a lively and creative classroom environment.  Selected student films, documentaries or animations are featured on film nights held at the school.  Particularly fine works are entered into competitions and festivals.

For students interested in creative and innovative story-telling and a flair for the use of technology, media is a must-do subject at Rossmoyne Senior High School.


Music

Rossmoyne Senior High School has a vibrant music program that offers students a wide range of opportunities to develop their music skills. All students enrolled in music participate in class music, receive instrumental tuition and participate in a range of ensembles. In recognition of the ongoing excellence of the program, Rossmoyne has been granted an Approved Special Program in Classical Music.

Students from all years enjoy and participate in a very active and highly successful Music Program.  Wind Orchestras, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestras, Jazz Orchestra, Guitar Ensembles, Saxonet Ensemble and Choirs provide students with many opportunities to participate in music making.  Tuition is offered in voice and on all major woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments.

Students participate in a range of performance opportunities, such as the ABODA Music Festivals, the Department of Education’s OPUS Concert, concerts at Perth Modern School and in the Rossmoyne Performing Arts Centre.

To prepare for these performances students engage in rehearsals, workshops and music camps. The annual Year 7-8 music camp takes place in Term 1 each year.

Facilities

The new Performing Arts Centre was opened in 2004 and comprises of two large teaching areas, a rehearsal room which doubles as a green room, five teaching studios and a 200-seat auditorium.

Music Staff

 John Chatfield Director of Music
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 Melissa Loh  Class Music
 Katherine Pearce  Class Music
 Rebecca Hooper  Class Music
 Neil Coy  Symphony and Class Music
 Neil Coy  Wind Orchestra #1
 Neil Coy  Wind Orchestra #3
 Dr Rebecca Megan-Lowe  Cello
 Katherine Pearce  Clarinet
 Steven Richards  Double Bass
 Dianne Riddell and Corina Collins  Flute
 Paul Hines and Craig Lake  Guitar
 Kathy Younger  Oboe/ Bassoon
 Iain Robbie  Percussion
 Nicola Brayshay  Viola
 String Orchestra #1
 Amanda Johnson  Saxophone
 Robert Matthews and Helen Garrett  Trumpet
 Lower Brass
 Rebecca Hooper  Violin
 Clare How  Voice

Music Support Group

Parents of music students are actively encouraged to support the music program in a variety of ways. The Music Support Group, a sub committee of the P&C, provides a forum for discussion and feedback to music staff, and a way of keeping informed about the busy calendar of events. Music parents work together to support teachers and the program by taking on specific roles within the committee. Parents provide back stage support and refreshments at concerts and recitals and are a valuable support at camps and on tours.

Music Program: Class Music

Lower school Music

The main areas of study in lower school (Year 7-10) are rhythm, pitch and improvisation. The Rossmoyne curriculum initiative is an integrated approach to music education.  Music students experience the same musical techniques and processes in bands, choirs, orchestras, classroom and instrumental lessons.

Upper School Music

Currently there are two courses on offer for upper school students:

  • WACE Music – which comprises of 50% class work in aural, literature and composition, and 50% performance. (Western Art Music is Rossmoyne’s focus area).
  • PIMS is a Curriculum Endorsed Unit – a performance unit which requires attendance at weekly instrumental lessons and in ensembles.

Instrumental Music

All students in the music program are offered free instrumental tuition on a range of orchestral or concert band instruments as well as voice and guitar. Students who were learning through the School of Instrumental Music (SIM) Program at primary school continue to be provided with group lessons. Students who enrol in music or who are selected for the Approved Specialist Program (ASP) will be offered the opportunity to learn an orchestral or concert band instrument. To maintain balanced ensembles, the choice of instrument and the number of students required on each instrument will vary from year to year.

Instrumental teachers at Rossmoyne are highly qualified and experienced teachers from the School of Instrumental Music. Many teachers are also professional musicians who regularly perform with WASO and other professional groups.

Instrumental lessons are held during school hours on a rotating timetable to reduce the amount of time that students miss from any one subject. Every effort is made by instrumental teachers to hold lessons for upper school students either before or after school or during lunchtime.

Ensemble

All students are auditioned and placed in an appropriate ensemble. Auditions take place in Term 4 and students are ranked and placed in the most suitable ensemble. Most students are placed in more than one ensemble. Rehearsals for all ensembles are held weekly outside of school hours, either before or after school.

Choir

Choir plays a major role in developing musicianship and as such choir is compulsory for all music students.

Approved Special Program (ASP): Classical Music

Music at Rossmoyne SHS has been accorded Approved Specialist Program (ASP) status. Students from outside the designated catchment area are now invited to apply for the special music course which began in 2008.

Students are selected on their demonstrated musical ability and commitment through an audition, including aural testing and an interview process.

For more information see Programs: Specialist Classical Music Program

Arts VISUAL summary


Visual Arts

The Schools Visual Arts Department is a highly successful and thriving area in the school. Courses include Art and Design, Craft and Design and Practical Arts.

Art and Design

Art and Design education provides a creative and interesting introduction to two areas increasingly recognised as necessary life skills: the ability to problem-solve and adapt ideas from research and a range of sources and the mastery of the design process to produce work of a professional quality.  Art a fine arts course based around painting, sculpture and printmaking techniques. This course is aimed primarily at students who wish to study art for their own personal satisfaction.


Craft/Design

Craft/Design is a course based around design awareness and problem-solving for a variety of situations ranging from the everyday to the aesthetic. The technical areas include ceramics, (making functional pieces from clay), textiles (fabrics, fibres and fashions) and jewellery design, (casting or construction).


Practical Arts

Is a course that examines the role of the artist and designer in the community and in commercial situations. The techniques taught are variable but may include graphic design processes, illustration, computer graphics, production silk screening, as well as community work.



Photography

The photography course is outcomes-based and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to produce photographic images of a high standard. Photographic Systems Technology provides a very useful (though not compulsory) background for those who wish to further their studies in Upper School, where they will be able to develop abilities commensurate with a highly effective amateur or beginning professional photographers. Students will be provided with opportunities in the digital imaging technologies as well as the conventional film-based area.