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The Performing Arts at Toowoomba Anglican School is about excellence, commitment, teamwork, participation and enjoyment at all levels of artistic pursuits. 80% of students are involved in the Performing Arts at TAS and almost 70% are involved in both Performing Arts and Sport.
Lessons learnt in the Performing Arts are transferable to other aspects of life and help to develop crucial attributes that students will use for the rest of their lives as they become well-rounded individuals. The Performing Arts at Toowoomba Anglican School is about participation, excellence, commitment, teamwork and enjoyment at all levels of artistic pursuits.
The Performing Arts is a major component of student life at Toowoomba Anglican School. At the primary school from Kindergarten to Year 6, the main goals are participation, commitment, skill building and enjoyment. As students’ progress through the secondary school, these attributes remain, with a greater emphasis on excellence and skill development.
Toowoomba Anglican School is renowned for its choral program. There are compulsory year level choirs for Prep to Year 4 and then voluntary choirs for older year levels. In 2019, TAS was the winner of the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival Choral Section.
With four voice teachers, we have many students from Year 1-12 who study voice. There are 15 choirs from Prep to Secondary and students audition for high-level choirs, sing in our school choirs, undertake vocal examinations, compete in eisteddfodau and sing in concerts.
There are two auditioned Chapel Choirs for Primary and Secondary students. The Chapel Choirs lead the singing at our Chapel Services and at school functions, as well as at performing at community events, festivals and competitions.
There is a Primary Senior Choir and College Performance Choir, which all students are encouraged to join. All of our students from Prep to Year 4 are involved in choral immersion programs in their year levels. We are thrilled that there are two boy’s choirs (Secret Men’s Business) for Primary and Secondary students, who both won the Boys’ choir sections at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod.
Toowoomba Anglican School caters for students of all ages and abilities in a variety of ensembles. Advanced primary students may be invited to join Secondary Ensembles to further extend their skills. Ensembles are auditioned at the start of each year or students can be placed in ensembles by teacher recommendation at any time throughout the year.
We are fortunate to host the JEDDY (Jazz Education for Darling Downs Youth) Community Big Band on a Tuesday evening. This band comprises advanced students from a variety of Toowoomba Secondary Schools and they give community performances.
There are an impressive 13 ensembles available to our students at TAS. From our Year 3 and 4 immersion ensembles to our high-level instrumental ensembles, There is an ensemble for everyone.
We have a specialist Speech and Drama teacher, Mrs Ros McIvor, for individual and paired lessons and students can sit the ACM Examinations. The Empire Theatre Youth Arts Program runs group drama classes after school at TAS and Mr Oldham facilitates a very popular Primary Theatre-Sports Club on a Thursday lunch.
The Secondary School performs a Musical and Play in alternate years, which is produced at an off-site venue and involves several performances. In 2021, we will be doing things differently. There will be two plays! Under the direction of Secondary Drama and English Teacher Ms Johnson, Years 7-9 will perform a scripted play, the hilarious “Scaredy-Cat” by Australian playwright Brendan Hogan. The Senior Ensemble in Years 10-12 will be developing their own original performance addressing and exploring “What are we afraid of?”.
The Primary School puts on a Musical and Gala Concert in alternate years, which are performed in the TAS Millennium Centre over two nights. The Gala Concert is for all students from Foundation to Year 6 and the Musical is for all students from Years 3-6.
Our Junior and Intermediate Dance Classes and Secondary Dance Troupe are lead by teachers from JE Dance House, including Principal Mrs Jameille Eugarde. Miss Sherryn, Miss Julia, Miss Ashley and Ms Jameille. These teachers have truly enriched the lives of our students, from our very youngest dancers, through to our Secondary Dance Troupe.
Our students have access to a wide variety of local, state and Australian experiences in the Performing Arts. Students performed in professional level concerts with adults as part of the Queensland Pops Orchestra Best of British Concert Series, performed in community musicals at the Empire Theatre, sang in the Queensland Music Festival’s Voices of Remembrance Concert, were part of the acclaimed Gondwana national children’s choirs, took part in AHEP, Qld SHEP and Regional SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Programs) with students from all over Australia, performed in the ASMF (Anglican Schools’ Music Festival) with fellow Anglican students from across the state, competed against local students and schools in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod, joined with local students in non-competitive concerts, workshops and festivals, provided acts of service for members of our community and performed at local and school events and functions.