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Rural and Remote Participation in Arts Programs

As part of The Arts Unit’s support of the Department of Education and Communities’ Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidies to students and teachers from rural and remote schools. This financial support is to facilitate engagement of students who are accepted into a number of our programs.

The following programs have subsidies available this financial year:

State Music Camps

Disability Teacher Workshop

Stage Management Program

Operation Art Teacher Workshop

Operation Art Student Workshop

Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness.

Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

Arts Unit eNews May 2014

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Rural and Remote Participation in Arts Programs

As part of The Arts Unit’s support of the Department of Education and Communities’Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer participation subsidies to students and teachers from rural and remote schools.This financial support is to facilitate engagement of students who are accepted into a number of our programs.

The following programs currently have subsidies available:

State Music Camps

Disability Teacher Workshop

Stage Management Program

Operation Art Teacher Workshop

Operation Art Student Workshop

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Tickets are now on sale for Cyberbile

This Australian play about cyberspace bullying will be performed by the NSW Public Schools Drama Company in June.

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NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Dymocks Children’s Charities Authors Online Series

The Premier’s Reading Challenge and Dymocks Children’s Charities are pleased to present award-winning Australian author Kirsty Murray, author ofThe Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, Topsy-Turvey World and A Penny to Remember. Kirsty will read from The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie and discuss how she developed the story and characters. Students will have the opportunity to pose questions to Kirsty. This learning experience is designed for students in Stage 3.

Date: 28 May

Time: 11:00 – 11:45 am

 Venue: Videoconference

To register: DART Connections

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The NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago!

Only the very best professional, community and school ensembles are chosen to perform at The Midwest Clinic, the world’s largest music educators’ conference. This truly is an incredible achievement. Only four Australian groups have ever been invited to perform at the clinic and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the only group to have received a second invite. Well done to all players, tutors and conductors.

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NSW Public Schools Millennium Marching Band ANZAC Day

Congratulations to the band for their outstanding contribution to the ANZAC Day march. Despite the weather, all students displayed exceptional discipline and musicality in their presentation. The television commentary gave high praise to this public schools program.

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New research into value of arts education

New Australian research released by the University of Sydney and the Australia Council reports the importance of arts participation on students’ academic outcomes. The study looked at 643 primary and secondary school students from 15 schools over two years. Researcher Michael Anderson noted that “the research found that students who engaged with the arts in schools as active participants – as makers and doers of the arts – were more likely to do better in academic and social spheres than those who passively consumed the arts”.

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Annex Art

The Arts Unit introduces Annex Art, a new series of visual arts workshops and enrichment programs for stage 4 and 5 teachers and students.

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Sydney Eisteddfod

The 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod promises to be one of the most exciting ever. Its Syllabus includes almost four hundred classical and contemporary events for aspiring singers, dancers, musicians, composers, choirs, bands and orchestras.

Limited spaces are still available in choral, singing, instrumental, dance, drama and public speaking events so enrol now!

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ARTEXPRESS

Exhibitions

  • Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre - 4 April to 8 June 2014. 
  • McGlade Art Gallery, Australian Catholic University – 30 April to 24 May.
  • Wollongong Art Gallery – 17 May to 13 July
  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery - 23 May to 6 July

Teacher and Student Workshops

Spaces are still available for teachers at the McGlade Art Gallery, Australian Catholic University 23 May and for students at the Wollongong Art Gallery on the 30 May.

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In Concert with The Idea of North

The Idea of North will perform alongside a choir of 700 secondary school students from across NSW and our Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra in a concert not to be missed!

Students not performing on the night are also invited to participate in a special workshop with members of The Idea of North prior to the concert. The workshop ticket includes entry to the concert. Limited places – get in early!

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Operation Art

Entries for Operation Art 2014 Exhibition close Friday 9 May 2014

Workshops

Student and teacher full day Visual Arts Workshops at Griffith Regional Gallery 24 – 26 June 2014

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Love writing music - enter the Fanfare Competition and have your music heard at the Sydney Opera House!

The Fanfare competition is open to Australians aged 12 to 21 years to write a short 30 second attention-grabbing piece of music. Selected by a judging panel, eight young composers will have their works orchestrated and recorded.

The works are recorded and then played as the ‘bell cue’ for audiences to take their seats at the Sydney Opera House.  Let your imagination run wild! Deadline for submissions is Monday 26 May 2014. Great cracking! 

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Book Bonus registrations are now open!

NSW schools and students are invited to raise funds for new books by participating in Book Bonus, an optional fundraiser organised by Dymocks Children’s Charities that works alongside the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Students may register atwww.bookbonus.org.au, and seek support from family and friends.

Book Bonus benefits to students and schools include:

  • 100% of funds raised are returned to the students school (via an equivalent value of books)
  • Dymocks Children’s Charities contribute an additional 50% of funds raised to literacy programs
  • Students raising $200+ receive a $20 book of their choice
  • Prizes awarded to top fundraising schools & individuals.

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