The Arts Unit E News Term 3, 2016

The Arts Unit eNews Vol 3. 2016

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What's Happening at The Arts Unit?

A message from the Director:
What a busy term we have coming up!!! 

We are looking forward to fantastic ARTEXPRESS exhibitions, exciting debates, our well regarded multicultural perspectives playwright program and excellence in public speaking. 

The Festival of Instrumental, Choral Music and Primary Proms will be amazing and I have my fingers crossed for all students auditioning in the B Boys hip hop auditions for Schools Spectacular. Our rural and remote teachers in Orange are in for a treat when Monkey Baa Theatre comes to visit for their drama teacher workshops. The State Dance Festival promises to be spectacular and I can't wait to hear how our spelling bee finalists are going. Exciting times ahead!
Rosemary Davis - Director Arts Sports & Initiatives. 

Schools Spectacular
In 2016 we DREAM BIG with a 2700-strong choir, 2300 dancers, an 80-piece symphony orchestra, a world-class stage band and a huge number of outstanding solo performers.

Date: 25 and 26 November  

Venue: Qudos Bank Arena 

Tickets on sale now! 
Dates for the diary:

The Arts unit are offering a number of concerts, student and teacher workshops as well as Art Gallery exhibitions. in Term 3, 2016. Please visit our website for additional information about each event. 

ARTEXPRESS McGlade Art Gallery

Date: 4 - 27 August

Venue: Australian Catholic University

General public welcome 

Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 11 and 12 - Final

Date: 5 August

Venue: Great Hall University of Sydney Camperdown NSW

General public welcome

This event will be live streamed as a virtual excursion for more information click on this link or go to the DART Connections website and search for Premier’s Debating Challenge Yr 11 & 12 Final. You will need to register by August 1 so that you can get your teacher’s pack in time for the event.

Multicultural Playwright Program 

Date: 10 August

Venue: Keira High School

Student applications are open until 5 August

Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 11 Semi Finals

Date: 12 August

Venue: Western Sydney University 

General public welcome

State Dance Festival CC

This year's State Dance Festival"Transcendence" (12-16 September) will present the work of over 1,500 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Tickets are on sale 5 September! 

 Click the image to watch the dance festival video

Plain English Speaking Award National Final

Date: 15 August

Venue: Centenary Auditorium Art Gallery of NSW

General public welcome 

ARTEXPRESS Student and Teacher workshops

Date:18-19 August

Venue: McGlade Art Gallery, Australian Catholic University

Applications close 30 July 

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge closes 

Date: 19 August for students, 26 August for Coordinators

Schools Spectacular B Boys Hip Hop Auditions 

Date: 19 August

Venue: Netball Centrall Sydney Olympic Park

Student applications are open until 1 August

The Festival of Instrumental Music

(122- 25 August) will be held at The Sydney Opera House and will showcase over 4,000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Tickets are on sale now! 

Drama Workshops

Date: 22 and 23 August

Venue: Bowen Public School

Teachers are invited to apply for both Active Pedagogy and Devising Drama Workshops held at Bowen Public School Orange. This program is specifically targeted to our rural and remote schools. Applications are now open. 

Primary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

26 August      - Auburn Basketball Centre, Sydney

30 August      - Tolland Public School, Wagga Wagga

31 August      - Cowra Public School, Cowra

1 September - Dubbo West Public School, Dubbo

5 September - Gunnedah Public School, Gunnedah

6 September - Westdale Public School, Westdale

7 September - Macksville TBC

8 September - Taree TBC

9 September - Hunter Central Coast - TBC

Applications open

The Festival of Choral Music 

(31 August -1 September & 31 October -1 November)

at Sydney Opera House will showcase over 4,000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Tickets are on sale now! 

Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 11 - Final

Date: 2 September

Venue: Western Sydney University

General public welcome

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Semi Final

Date: 9 September

Venue: Theatrette NSW Parliament House Sydney

General public welcome

ARTEXPRESS Exhibition Glasshouse Port Macquarie

Date:9 September - 30 October

Student and teacher workshops (14-15 October)

ARTEXPRESS Exhibition Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Date: 10 September - 30 October

Spelling Bee Regional Finals

Date: 12-23 September

See website for venue details

Operation Art Exhibition 

(10 September - 31 October)

Don't miss over 860 works on display at Sydney Olympic Park, The Armory Gallery. Teacher and Student workshops will run from 13 September to 22 September Apply Now.

ARTEXPRESS Exhibition Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Date: 17 September - 6 November

Primary Proms Concerts

Date:16 - 22 September

Venue: Sydney Town Hall

Tickets on sale now!

Gulbalanha Exhibition 

Date: 17 September - 20 November

Venue: Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery

General Public Welcome

Dont' forget!

Applications close for Schools Spectacular Instrumental applications 19 September.

Applications close for The Arts Unit 2017 weekly music ensembles 23 September. 


Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference Performance by The Arts Unit Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Date: 25  September

Venue: Sydney Conservatorium

More information

Tickets on sale now!

The PRC team have been very busy! They have lots of Authors ready to chat to kids! They will be part of our DART virtual learning excursions- these events are being confirmed as we produce this newsletter so please check the PRC website for more details.
23 August Andy Griffiths (DART)

30 August Christopher Richardson (DART)

19 September Morris Gleitzman (DART)

20 September Yvette Poshoglian will visit Lalor Park Public School

18 October Cheryl Orsini will visit Blackett Public School

21 October Susanne Gervay will visit Sarah Redfern High School

7 November Paul Jennings (DART)

17 November Gus Gordon (DART)

5 December Belinda Murell and Serena Geddes will visit Surveyor's Creek Public School

Teachers Mutual Bank acknowledges the important contribution our teachers make to the performing arts. 

In 2016 the Performing Arts Teacher Recognition Award recipients are Vikki Armour, Karen Morrow and Sarah Wijingaarden. Congratulations to these fine Public School teachers who will be presented with their awards at their local schools. 

Vikki Armour - Music teacher for 31 years at Uki Public School and 26 years at Murwillumbah Public School.

Karen Morrow - 37 years of teaching in NSW public Schools including Chester Hill North, Fairfield West, Greenacre, Mannering Park, Point Clare, Ettalong, Valley View and Gorokan Public Schools. 

Sarah Wijngaarden - Currently Sarah is at three schools teaching music to 60 students from Cumberland High School, Meadowbank Public School and West Ryde Public School.


Applications are now open for the 2016 Secondary Schools Vocal Festival with The Idea of North.

The Arts Unit is once again collaborating with The Idea of North to promote choral singing in NSW Public Secondary Schools. The festival will be held in Sydney on Tuesday 25 October 2016. Don't forget to save this date!

Did you know?

Eden Blair (Sydney Girls High School) a member of the Combined High Schools debating team and State finalist in The Arts Unit's Premier's Debating Challenge just won best speaker at the World's Schools Debating Championships in Germany last week.

Dates for the diary Term 4:

See The Arts Unit Website for more details 

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