The Arts Unit eNews Term1 2017

The Arts Unit eNews Vol 1. 2017

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What's Happening at The Arts Unit?

A message from the Director
Welcome back!

Welcome back to all our students, parents, caregivers and teachers. We are looking forward to some wonderful performances, exhibitions, festivals and events this year.

I recently attended the Art Gallery of New South Wales to help officially open the ARTEXPRESS exhibition. Once again I am amazed by the talent of our students and thank the teachers for sharing their expert knowledge and for guiding their students through the creative process. I look forward to seeing other exemplary HSC works and performances as part of Encore.

This term, there are many professional learning opportunities for teachers, with workshops in music, drama and visual arts. The Arts Unit has been working with industry experts to develop new resources to bring teachers the best of the arts in education. 

Thank you to our arts partner Bangarra. This term, 11 workshops are scheduled for our Secondary Aboriginal students. I encourage all schools to access our website to find out more about this initiative.

The Premier's Reading Challenge opened 6 March 2017. Last year, over 277,000 students across NSW completed the challenge with a record breaking 7,492,209 books read by students.

I hope you are having a great first term and I look forward to meeting you at some of our exciting events and performances.

Rosemary Davis - Director Arts, Sports & Initiatives 

Schools Spectacular
Applications opened Monday 6 February.

This year, Schools Spectacular will be held on 24 and 25 November at Qudos Bank Arena. 

Keep an eye on our Schools Spectacular Facebook page for all our exciting updates.
Dates for your diary

The Arts Unit is offering a number of concerts, student and teacher workshops as well as art gallery exhibitions in Term 1 2017. Please visit our website for additional information. 

4 February - 19 March

Operation Art 2017 Touring Exhibition -Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery >more details

6 March - 25 August

Premier's Reading Challenge >more details

6 - 17 March

Orange, Narromine, Cobar, Griffith, Nowra, Goulburn and Taree Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshop. See website for dates in your area >more details

16 - 17 March

Dance teacher choreography workshop >more details

19 March

Primary Ensemble open auditions for drama students in Years 5 & 6 >more details

22 - 29 March

West African Drumming - Wollongong Primary School, Rouse Hill Public School, Mawarra Public School, Padstow Park Public School and Summer Hill Public School and Camden. See website for dates and locations. >more details

26 March

Music Ensembles Concert 1 and 2 >more details

28 March 

Active Pedagogy professional development workshop with Monkey Baa Theatre >more details

6 April

Opening of ARTEXPRESS at Campbelltown Arts Centre >more details

7 April

Opening of ARTEXPRESS at Moree Plains Gallery >more details

12 April

Launch of Operation Art 2017 Touring Exhibition >more details

13 April - 23 April 

Operation Art 2017 Touring Exhibition - The Art Gallery of New South Wales >more details

15 April

St Matthew's Passion 

25 April

ANZAC service

26 April

NSW Premier's Spelling Bee entries open >more details

Did you know?

On Wednesday 5 April at 11.30 am, students from The Arts Unit’s music ensembles and public speaking program will support the 2017 RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service at Hyde Park. The service is always a stirring occasion and we are proud to be a part of this significant reflection of Australia’s history. With pieces like Always Remember, Abide With Me, The Recessional and the National Anthem, the music component is a fitting tribute to the ANZAC spirit. With our student host and student bugler from NSW public schools also leading proceedings, it will be an honourable occasion and a quality program. The general public is welcome to attend.

This year the Premier's Reading Challenge celebrates it's 15th anniversary.The Challenge opened on 6 March. Please check the PRC website for more details.

Did you know that 7, 492,209 books were read by students last year? The most popular on the booklists were: 
K-2    Pig the Pug: Aaron Blabey

3-4    Fantastic Mr Fox: Roald Dahl

5-6    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

         Roald Dahl

7-9    The Hunger Games:  Suzanne Collins
Coming up

Term 2

26 April                Premier's Spelling Bee Entries Open

15 - 16 May         In Concert

9 June                  Opening of ARTEXPRESS at Grafton Regional Gallery

26 - 30 June        State Senior Music Camp

14 July                  Opening of ARTEXPRESS at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Term 3

17 - 21 July          State Junior Music Camp

28 July                  Plain English Speaking Award State Final

31 July- 1 Aug     Festival of Instrumental Music 

4 August               Premier's Debating Challenge (Years 11 &12 Final)

14 August             Plain English Speaking Award National Final

18 August             Opening of ARTEXPRESS at Tamworth Regional Gallery

25 August             Premier's Reading Challenge Closes

1 September        Premier's Debating Challenge (Year 11 final)

5 - 6 September  Festival of Instrumental Music 

9 September        Operation Art Exhibition opening

11 September      Combined High Schools debates

11 - 12 Sept          Festival of Choral Music 

11- 15 Sept           State Dance Festival

18 - 21 Sept          Primary Proms Festival 

Term 4

20 October            Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award State Final

23 - 27 Oct            State Drama Festival

3 November          Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition (Years 3&4 final)

5 November          Music Ensembles end of year concert 1 & 2

5 - 7 Nov                Festival of Choral Music 

8 Nov                      Premier's Spelling Bee State Final

10 November        Premier's Debating Challenge (Years 9 & 10 final)

13 November        Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award National Final

17 November        Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking (Years 5 & 6 final)

24 - 25 Nov            Schools Spectacular - Qudos Bank Arena

Did you know?

Two new appointments for Creative Arts K-12 have been made in the Early Learning and Primary and Secondary Education areas. The K-6 officer is Julia Brennan and the 7-12 officer is Cathryn Ricketts Both Julia and Cathryn are more than happy to address any of your Creative Arts curriculum questions and are passionate about supporting the teaching of the arts in schools. If you would like to subscribe to their forthcoming newsletters, please email them at the relevant addresses above.

Learning Hub

Register now on The Arts Unit Learning Hub for access to quality on line Professional Learning wherever and whenever you need it.


2017 is a year of expansion for the Learning Hub, with new content being added frequently. Teachers can extend classroom artmaking skills with e-Classes including ‘Creating Wire Sculpture',  access content from experts in e-Modules, such as analysing impromptu and prepared speeches, and watch informative e-Clips such as In Concert with Katie Noonan.


2017 will also see collaborations with renowned professional artists and arts companies, including the e-Module series Sue Healey’s 'Creating and analysing dance on film' through to three e-Classes in devising drama with international company ‘Complicite’.

Learning Hub Promo

Are you a member of our Learning Hub yet?

There are over 75 videos available and many more coming every week!
ARTEXPRESS has opened at the Art Gallery of NSW, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and The Armory.

Congratulations to the following students for receiving an award from our ARTEXPRESS sponsors and partners; S&S Wholesale Art Supplies, Julian Ashton Art School and Patron Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. 
  • Jay Davies, Braidwood Central School, ‘Within/ Without’
  • Liam Griffith Wilson, Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, ‘Still Life of Flowers with Puzzle and Still Life of Flowers and Fruit’
  • Callum Thomas Denmead, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Freshwater Senior Campus, ‘-33⁰S 151⁰E’
  • Riley Quinn Treisman, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Manly Campus, ‘‘Life Strands'

ARTEXPRESS Nakeisha 2017

Check out the interview with Nakeisha Bauer, Colo High School, the first of our ‘ARTEXPRESS Student Series’. See her journey into ARTEXPRESS and what inspired her body of work, ‘Tradition and Femininity: The Series’.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship.

The Premier’s Teacher Scholarship is a program that offers successful teachers a $10,000 or $15,000 grant to embark on a five week international study tour to explore best teaching practices in their field of expertise. Teachers may be interested in applying for one of the following:

2017 Premier’s University of New South Wales Creative Arts Scholarship

2017 Premier’s Copyright Agency Creativity Across the Curriculum Scholarship

Scholarships are also offered in History, Youth Depression Awareness, English, Mathematics, Leadership, Vocational Education, Early Childhood Education and many more subject areas.

Teachers are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as they are suitable for. For more information please visit the Teach.NSW Website:


Don't forget to regularly check our Facebook Page to see if we have tagged your school in any of our great posts. We would love you to share these with your school community. 


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