Performing Arts

Performing Arts


Classroom Music

Students from Prep to Year 6 have a 50-minute classroom music lesson each week in a dedicated music room with a Music Specialist.  Our Performing Arts Centre (PAC) provides each class with an abundance of space to move and create music comfortably.


Great emphasis is placed on the children having fun and really learning to love all kinds of music through listening, singing, playing instruments, games and “dancing” to a wide range of music genres. The PAC is a well-resourced space with tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments as well as keyboards, drums, ukuleles, steel drums, marimbas, guitars and a P.A. system. Senior students are given the opportunity to create and explore music using their iPads and particularly the app GarageBand.


Middle School Production

Our tradition of musical productions is a unique opportunity for all students in the Middle School to participate in a positive theatrical experience.  Students develop skills in dance, singing, drama, performance, theatre etiquette and co-operation.   All CHPS productions are performed at a professional theatre, to give the children and audience a real theatre experience.  Students have access to high quality props, costumes and sets, and a great deal and enthusiasm for the final performance.


As part of their classroom “music theatre” unit, Middle students are coached in how to prepare for an audition, as well as learning the songs and dances for the various choruses in the show.


School Choir   

Children in years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to be part of our School Choir, which rehearses on Wednesday lunchtimes and at 8am on Thursday mornings. Students work on a wide variety of repertoire including unison, two part and three part harmony, rounds and a cappella music, using contemporary and traditional music. 


The Choir performs at the annual school concert, “Stagestruck” in September each year, and has the opportunity to perform in the wider community throughout the year. Bi-annually, senior Choir members sing with a 1000-voice choir as part of the State School Spectacular, incorporating 2500 students from state schools around Victoria performing at Hisense Arena.  The Choir also performs Christmas Carols at a local shopping centre and in a whole school performance of Christmas Carols on the school oval in mid-December, as well as regular Assembly performances.


iPad, Marimba, Ukulele, Steel Drum (iMus) Band

This ensemble is for children in years 3 to 6 who have an interest in playing and increasing their skill in these instruments in a band situation.  Rehearsals take place during Thursday lunchtime.  The children are given the opportunity to perform at the many concerts and assemblies throughout the year.


Instrumental Music

Children at CHPS have the opportunity to learn an instrument in a program provided by outside specialists in music tuition for schoolchildren of all ages.  Students will have fun whilst learning to play their chosen instrument, read music and learn theory. Children are placed in small groups of similar age and ability and are offered lessons in keyboard, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, and singing.


If you have any queries about your child learning an instrument, please contact Amana Temple via the school office.


Rock Band

This ensemble is available to those children that have been learning an instrument long enough to be involved in a rock band.  Vocalists, drummers, guitarists and keyboard players come together during Tuesday lunchtimes and work on a contemporary repertoire.  They also perform at the many and varied concerts and assemblies throughout the year, as well as the Warrandyte Rock Band Eisteddfod in November.



Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Performing Arts event for schools, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year.


The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through creating and sharing stories and by this process developing students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness.   A great story can change the way people think about the world around them and Wakakirri gives schools the opportunity to do just that.


Each year, the Senior School students are given the opportunity to participate in telling their story through dance and drama.  Students take part in rehearsals after school during Terms 2 and 3 and take part in the performance heats in Term 3.  It is a great opportunity for senior students to have a go at something similar to our production, which is for year 3 and 4 students.  In 2015, CHPS won an award for ‘Best Blockbuster Story’ and performed in the final awards night at Hamer Hall.