The Central Yorke School community is extremely proud of our Performing Arts program. Our instrumental and vocal students perform in public to a wide variety of audiences across the state and participate successfully in competitions. Music concerts are highlights of the year.  The YP Combined Schools Concert Band is based at CYS and consistently receives high recognition at music eisteddfods, including the annual Balaklava Eisteddfod. Drama and Music are taught by specialist teachers from R-12. The Performing Arts are compulsory from Years Reception through 8 and are choice subject for senior students.

Classroom Music & drama

Classroom music and drama are an integral part of the R–8 curriculum and are taught by specialist teachers. In music  students are taught singing, playing, composing and performing. Students are also involved in the school Dance-a-thon, the Music is Fun Band visit and touring musical group performances. Music is offered as a choice subject from Years 10–12. Students have a minimum of three lessons each week, learn a musical instrument with an instrumental music teacher and play in Year level bands and the school Concert Band. In Drama, students develop confidence role-playing, acting, creating their own plays and performing to audiences. They are also involved in the bi-annual Shakespeare festival and school musical.

Festival Choir & Vocal Ensembles

CYS has been involved in the Festival of Music Choir program for many years. Students may join the Festival Choir in Year 4 and students in years 6 and 7 can perform in Adelaide with the Choir. Students in older year levels support the choir and sing in their own senior vocal ensemble. The CYS Choir performs for school assemblies, local functions, with other schools and has featured on national television.

Instrumental Music

CYS students are able to access a variety of instruments from Year 5 and upwards. Instruments include trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and clarinet. Lessons are taught by Education Department IMS teachers (face–to– face at the school or through Distance Education technologies) or by CYS staff. Students may hire instruments through the school, which subsidises the cost.

Combined Schools Concert Band

Instrumental students are invited to join the YP Combined Schools Concert Band (based at CYS) once they have reached sufficient proficiency on their instrument. The Concert Band rehearses each Wednesday afternoon after school and performs at school assemblies, music competitions, local functions and at other YP schools. In the past they have also performed at the Kernewek Lowender, in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and shopping centres and in tours around the Yorke Peninsula.

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Little Groovers

The Little Groovers is a pre–school children and parents music group that meets each Monday at 9.00 – 10.00am  in the Performing Arts Centre. Please contact the school for more information.

Music Performances

Performing is an integral part of the CYS Performing Arts curriculum and students are given a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their skills to a wider audience.

  • A formal music concert is held each year in the Performing Arts Centre showcasing the choir, concert band and soloists. This is usually held in late term 3 or early term 4.
  • Year level bands perform at school assemblies and to younger classes.
  • The Concert Band performs at a variety of venues, including Presentation Night, the Maitland ANZAC Dawn Service and in Adelaide at the end of the year.
  • The School Choir and Concert Band both perform each year at the opening of the Maitland Show.

Other Events

Other regular musical events include:

  • The School Musical: Held every other year, the school musical involves all R–8 students, a range of 9–12 students and many staff, both on and off–stage.
  • Music Is Fun Band: The Music Is Fun Band is a regular visitor to CYS, usually in Term 2.
  • Christmas on the Green: An annual event showcasing R–6 students’ music and drama skills.
  • Maitland Music & Arts Club Productions: The school maintains close ties with the club, with many staff and students performing in their musicals.

Performing Arts News

Central Circus

Central Circus

We transformed the PAC into a circus ring for the Term 3 R-6 circus on September 24 and attracted a big audience which included parents, ...

Semester 2 Performing Arts

Semester 2 Performing Arts

Semester 2 is the time when students are given the opportunity to showcase their learning in the Performing Arts. These opportunities range from individual assessments ...

A Night of Music

A Night of Music

On Wednesday August 14, CYS hosted over eighty Immanuel College music students for combined band and choir workshops and a full evening concert. On arrival, ...

2019 IMS Music Camp

2019 IMS Music Camp

Stephanie Gersch, Ashlee Radford, Kira Davies, Sophie Davies, Ben Allen, Josh French along with teacher, Debbie Schwartz, participated in the annual Instrumental Music Camp which ...

Night At the Museum

Night At the Museum

The Maitland Museum hosted over two hundred visitors on the evening of August 21 for Central Yorke School’s 2019 Project Based Learning Expo. The aptly ...

Night At the Museum (Principal’s Report)

Night At the Museum (Principal’s Report)

Out Project Based Learning curriculum culminated last Wednesday night with “A Night at the Museum”, held at the Maitland Museum. The students have been working ...

2019 Balaklava Eisteddfod

2019 Balaklava Eisteddfod

The CYS Senior and YP Concert Band students travelled to Balaklava on Friday August 2 for the annual Balaklava Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod attracts hundred of ...

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Concert

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Concert

On Wednesday July 3, the Yorke Peninsula Combined Schools Concert Band performed the curtain raiser for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Port Pirie concert at the ...

Open Day

Open Day

Our 2019 Open Day was a huge success with over eighty parents taking the opportunity to explore the ELC, classrooms and outdoor facilities. There were ...

Yeti Hunt’ Award

Yeti Hunt’ Award

Our last year’s whole school production of ‘Yeti Hunt’ and the associated ‘Climbing Kanchenjunga’ fundraiser for Nepal have just received an award at the South ...

Concert Band Rehearsal with the ASO

Concert Band Rehearsal with the ASO

ASO members visited CYS last week to rehearse with the Concert Band. The band is preparing for a concert at Port Pirie with the Adelaide ...

Music Is Fun Band 2019

Music Is Fun Band 2019

  The fabulous ‘Music Is Fun Band’ visited CYS on Thursday May 23 and along with the Maitland Lutheran School and Ardrossan Area School we ...

Primary Drama Update – Term 2

Primary Drama Update – Term 2

Mrs Davies has been taking drama lessons with the R-6 classes and this term they have been working with masks. Classes experimented with different types ...

School Choir Update – Term 2

School Choir Update – Term 2

The choir, led by Debbie Schwartz, rehearses in the PAC each Wednesday. The choir is learning songs for the annual ‘Festival of Music’ at the ...

Secondary Performing Arts Update – Term 2

Secondary Performing Arts Update – Term 2

Year 6-10 classes have been investigating film. They’ve shot short scenes using storyboards for guides, created storyboards for scripts, learned how to use different shots ...

Junior Band Update – Term 2

Junior Band Update – Term 2

The Year 5-7 Instrumental students have begun playing together in preparation for inclusion in the 2019 Balaklava Eisteddfod Junior Band competition. It’s a big group ...

Primary Music Update – Term 2

Primary Music Update – Term 2

Primary music has been focused on the ‘Music Is Fun Band’ performance and learning the songs so we could fully participate in the show. We ...

Video Roundup | Term 2 Weeks 4 & 5

Video Roundup | Term 2 Weeks 4 & 5

  Video Roundup | Term 2 – Weeks 4/5 Despite the cold and wet weather, classes were still enjoying the new playground, playing maths games ...

Term 2 | Week 2-3 Video Roundup

Term 2 | Week 2-3 Video Roundup

Term 2 | Week 2-3 Video Roundup Term 2, Weeks 2-3 Video Roundup of school sport, activities, events and learning. Posted by Central Yorke School ...

Reception Atkins/Dayman Assembly

Reception Atkins/Dayman Assembly

The Reception class shared their learning with us at the week 2 assembly. They have been reading the book ‘Who Sank the Boat” and their ...