Creative arts K-6 Term 1 2019 news

20 February 2019 - In this issue: International Jazz DayVocal Ease MORE, New resources, Creative arts resource loans, recipients of the Creative Arts Grants Initiatives (CAGI)

21 February 2020

In this issue:

  • International Jazz DayVocal Ease MORE
  • New resources
  • Creative arts resource loans
  • recipients of the Creative Arts Grants Initiatives (CAGI)
James Morrison at keyboard at recording
Image: James at recording

Key updates

New resources available later in 2019:

  • Act Ease (drama) with professional learning
  • Move Ease (dance) with professional learning
  • Module 2 of Vocal Ease MORE, with professional learning (online course)
  • Introduction the Music (online course)
  • Introduction to Visual Arts (online course)
  • Literarts resource - links between all four artforms and quality children's literature from Early Stage 1 - Stage 4.

Upcoming events

  • 21 February - Introduction to Music Within the Creative Arts K-6 ? live Adobe Connect session. Register now through MyPL (RG02217). Further sessions will be scheduled.
  • 30 April - International Jazz Day Sydney is the host city with a global concert and broadcast at the Sydney Opera House to millions of people in over 190 countries. Teaching and learning modules developed from videos with James Morrison are available on the department?s creative arts web pages
  • Various dates - Vocal Ease MORE (Module 1) resource - professional learning (face to face) - 5 registered hours. Contact us for any enquiries or to organise a session. An online module will be available through MyPL early in 2019.


James Morrison jazz musician
Image: James Morrison
  • International Jazz Day - On 12 November 2018 I had the privilege of working with James Morrison in collaboration with The Arts Unit. This was an amazing live streamed event in which James addressed students from Stage 1-6 about storytelling through music. Thank you to the many teachers and their students who logged in.
    There are still several International Jazz Day components remaining for you to be involved in.
  • Vocal Ease MORE (Module 1) is here! - Module 1 is now available online to all teachers to download, print or view with:
    • 5 original compositions
    • interactive scores
    • full audio, teaching and backing tracks
    • NSW syllabus matched teaching and learning activities
    • teaching demonstration videos
    • interviews with the composer and about teaching strategies.
  • The Creative Arts Resource Loans (CARL) program provides access to musical instruments for school aged students in department schools at a nominal cost. Contact for more information.

In Schools

Creative arts in schools - a water tank that has been decorated and two students painting
Image: Creative arts in schools

Our Creative Arts Grants Initiative (CAGI) web page shows examples of programming and classroom activities within the creative arts from the successful recipients of grants initiatives for 2018-19.:

  • Full STEAM ahead! - Parramatta West Public School
  • Art project - Cessnock Public School
  • Whale songs - Scarborough Public School
  • Totem garden - Duri Public School
  • Valley of the dance - The Pocket Public School
  • Lending library - Great lakes Learning Community
  • Visual arts learning library - Camden Public School
  • Music matters - Genhaven Public School
  • The Kellyville Beat - Kellyville Public School
  • Creating a sustainable creative arts program - Cootamundra Public School
  • Bpangerang Country - Mulwala Public School

Next issue

The next issue will explore the creative arts and assessment, as well as some examples of arts education in schools.
Wishing you every success for a terrific year ahead filled with creative arts!

Arts for every student, every teacher, in every school.

Connect with us

Discuss this newsletter or ask questions in our Primary curriculum collaborative space.

Julia Brennan
Creative Arts Advisor K-6
02 9244 5831
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We all need to be advocates for the creative arts to ensure its place remains strong within our schools and our own daily teaching practice.

The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed... because people are changed by art - enriched, ennobled, encouraged - they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think. Leonard Bernstein (American music composer and conductor)
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