The Arts - Music


Performing Arts Music At South Thornlie Primary School

All students from Year 1 to Year 6 participate in a Specialist Music Program at South Thornlie Primary. Students participate in a one hour music lesson each week where they learn a large range of skills through a developmental learning approach exploring, creating, interpreting and performing music.

Our focus for Music is guided by the National Curriculum for the Arts (Music) developed by ACARA. The program provides opportunities for moving (dance), creating, playing, singing and responding to a wide range of music styles. The focus is on fun, participation and performance while developing the musical elements including beat, rhythm, pitch, tone, dynamics, melody, tempo, form style and texture.

At South Thornlie children are introduced to the recorder in Year 4 to develop note reading and performance skills. Recorder continues in to Year 5 and is a good preparation for future instrumental learning.

The school is involved in the Instrumental Music Schools Services (IMSS) program and provides specialist instrumental tuition in Flute and Classical Guitar.
South Thornlie Primary School hosts both Junior and Senior Choirs who meet outside of instructional times twice a week to prepare for a range of performance projects in the school and community.  These include ANZAC Day, fortnightly school assemblies, Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week and more. Our school also holds an annual Music Showcase to display student’s musical talents across the Performing Arts.

Choir is open to all students from Year 3-6 who wish to attend. Practices are only being held during school lunch  times at this stage with an additional practice time to be considered once further COVID 19 restrictions are lifted.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program at South Thornlie Primary School is based on the current Western Australian Curriculum. The focus of the program is placed students learning the skills, techniques and processes to allow them to express their individuality and creativity.  During Visual Arts lessons children will learn the elements and principles of art and design and explore these in increasingly complex ways to make and respond to artworks.

Students will be exposed to a variety of media that they will be able to explore and use to create 2D and 3D art works. The students will also be exposed to a variety of artists and their works, as well as art history and movements.

Our recognition of the importance of educating the whole child, and the role visual arts plays in the enrichment of all our lives, has ensured that the arts are celebrated at South Thornlie Primary School and students are encouraged to value creative pursuits.


Robotics club with Mrs Waghorn has begun for Term 3, 2020.

Children are selected to be part of a Robotics program run after school with Mrs Waghorn and Mrs Liedermoy. The children were very excited that robotics had started again for 2020  They began practising with the Spheros and iPads making sure they were in sync under the explicit instruction of Mrs Waghorn. This intial stage is preparing them for greater use of coding later in the term.