Abbotsford Public School

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Creative arts

Creative arts is mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. 

In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.

Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.


Music is a vital part of life, including life at school. Given the right opportunities, children's early fascination with music can develop into a lifelong enthusiastic involvement in musical activities.

It is generally accepted that all children have the right to music education.  All have their own unique instruments – the voice!  Whilst music has intrinsic value, it also contributes to children's development in many areas.  Skills include aural, oral, communication, memory and performance.  Social skills, such as self-confidence and self-esteem, are encouraged through group activities.

Class Lessons

A specialist music teacher is at APS all week and teaches each class from K – 6 in a classroom dedicated to music.  This room is well- equipped with a wide variety of instruments. The program is based on the educational approaches of Kodaly and Orff.


The school has two choirs which rehearse weekly and perform regularly at school events throughout the year.  The choirs include children from Stage 1 (Junior Choir) and Stages 2 and 3. (Senior Choir). We sing as a whole school community at assemblies.

Instrumental Tuition

This is provided by music tutors after school. Tuition is offered in the following: recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, violin, cello, percussion and drums. Tuition is organised directly with the tutors. Their contact details can be found in the music tutor list below. For further questions or assistance please email:

APS Music Tutor List


All students are eligible to join the various groups which are run by the school's P&C. These groups have various entry requirements which can be found in the forms in the following section.

Ensembles and bands perform at school events such as Grandfriends' Day, Education Week Open Day, Pre-Schoolers' Concert and Presentation Day.

Every child who learns an instrument, either at school or at another venue, is encouraged to perform for the whole school at recitals held in Term 4.



For more detailed information about all the extracurricular music opportunities at Abbotsford, along with music tutors available to teach, please download the APS Music Handbook.

Music Enrolment Forms

If you are interested in your child participating in a group music program, please fill in the appropriate forms below. Please note that the forms provide an expression of interest (EOI) on you and your child's behalf. They do not guarantee a place. If you are unable to return them online, please email for a hard copy.


Members of all ensembles are also required to download and complete a Code of Conduct form. Please email the completed form to, or hand a copy to your ensemble manager at your first rehearsal.


Code of Conduct (2018)


Expressions of Interest (EOI) Online Forms 2018


Students participate in Dance activities as part of the K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education key learning area. Students regularly give dance displays as part of open events throughout the year.

Students from Year 3-6 are able to join a Junior or Senior Dance Group taught by teachers with expertise in Dance.

The Dance Groups perform in dance festivals and at school functions, Grandfriends' Day, Education Week Open Day, Pre-Schoolers/Senior Citizens Day and Presentation Day and have proven to be a great source of enjoyment for all those who watch.

Visual Arts

The school has an extensive Art Program which has an annual Art Exhibition each year during Education Week. Every student has a piece on display at the Art Exhibition. Each year, 4 artworks are selected for entry into the Operation Art competition where paintings are selected to be displayed in hospitals and government offices across NSW.

The Art Program includes the creation of artworks in a variety of media, with 2D and 3D applications. The program also includes the study of famous artists and the techniques they used.

Art Club

The Abbotsford PS Art Club is held every Wednesday afternoon for Year Advanced students in Term 1 & Term 3 and Term 2 & Term 4 for Beginning students. The club is instructed by Ms Susanne Thiebe who teaches the students a variety of art methods and media.


Drama Group, for K-2 students, meets each Monday lunchtime in the school hall at 1 o'clock. Games are a great way to establish relationships and develop positive group dynamics. We are working on increasing self-confidence, breaking down inhibitions and promoting imaginative responses. The drama activities are encouraging concentration and logical thinking while building trust and intuition.

In General

Students can unleash their creative flair through dance and drama performances, competitions, exhibitions and enrichment programs.

Students with particular interests and talents can participate in local and state-wide activities in visual arts, music, dance and drama.