Performing Arts





All students learning an instrument at Great Ryrie, should have received a notice last week, allocating each child to a night for the 2018 Instrumental Music Soirees. The Soirees are a night of celebration, where each child has the opportunity to perform a short piece on their chosen instrument, to showcase their progress and accomplishments. This year, the soirees are scheduled for the 5th and 7th of December. Please ensure that you have received your notices and please return the attendance slip to the school office or to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible. If your family’s notice has gone astray, please contact Peta Murray for details and a replacement notice.


In 2018, the school will continue to provide students an opportunity to learn a musical instrument through private tuition during school hours. This is a self-funding program.

Great Ryrie Primary School has qualified tutors, who are able to teach a variety of instruments including:

Places in the program are limited and all students who intend to learn an instrument in 2018 must complete a new ‘2018 Expression of Interest’ form (including all students who are currently learning an instrument in 2017).


‘2018 Expression of Interest’ forms are NOW available from the main office and on Compass. Due to the high demand for places in our program, it is important to promptly return the forms to the office to secure a place in the 2018 program. Forms will be dated and timed as they are received at the office and places will be offered in the order that forms are received. In addition, it is important to note that there will be a price increase to the Instrumental tuition fees in 2018. Rate increases reflect annual CPI adjustments and also take into account other factors such as industry standards and school comparisons. There will also be the option of 20 and 30 minute lessons in 2018.



We are very pleased to announce that Great Ryrie Primary School will be having an end of year Concert on Wednesday13th December, commencing at 6.30 p.m.

The performance will take place on the steps area on the oval near the staff car park.

All grades will be performing an item. The school orchestras, choirs and dance group will also be performing an item.

Great Ryrie P.S. children will be sitting with their grade and grade teacher in front of the stage area. All students are required to be seated with their grade no later than 6.15 p.m. and must stay with their grade until the end of the concert. Families and friends are welcome to sit anywhere around the assembled grades on the oval. B.Y.O. chair or rug. Strictly no alcohol at this family event please.

 Unless your class teacher has specified otherwise, students have the option of wearing ‘Christmas’ attire. (Christmas t-shirts, Santa hats, tinsel, etc.)

If your child cannot attend could you please send a note to their grade teacher a.s.a.p., otherwise we will assume your child will be there on the night, and will plan accordingly.

Food and soft drinks will be on sale at the canteen from 5.15 p.m. so feel free to come and eat before the concert.

We look forward to a fun and happy family night!


Peta Murray and Kate Watson

Performing Arts Teachers

We are the Performing Arts team. Our names are:

Peta Murray          !  Helen Francis@.

We teach and coordinate the Performing Arts Program at Great Ryrie. Helen teaches Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Peta teaches Foundation, Years 1, 2, 5 and 6.  Performing Arts is a combination of Music, Drama and Dance. Students learn concepts from these 3 areas in their weekly lessons.

All students in years 1 – 6 learn the recorder. Learning the recorder will assist children enormously in developing the ability to read music, which is very beneficial if they learn another instrument in or out of school as well as later in life.  There have been many studies conducted that support learning an instrument is also beneficial to children’s academic progress. Following is a list of equipment needed to run this program. Students will be required to bring this equipment to their music lessons each week. These items are available through the school at a cheaper price than you would pay through retail outlets.

  • Recorder – the one available through the school is the Yamaha Descant Recorder.
  • Recorder Cleaner
  • Recorder Book – the book that we will be using is called ‘Black Belt Recorder’ – Book 1.
  • Music bag to keep recorder, sheet music and recorder book together.
  • An A4 display folder – this will be used to keep additional photocopied music.  

Students at Great Ryrie Primary School also have the opportunity to learn another musical instrument privately in school time. Further information on these lessons is available from the office and is detailed below. There is a variety of extension Performing Arts Groups available for students to join. These include Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, Junior Choir, Intermediate Choir, Senior Vocal Group and Senior Dance Group.


Choir Leader: Miss Jessica Rose

Junior Choir is for students in Years 1 & 2. Junior Choir meets in the library at lunchtime and will be beginning in the next few weeks. This is a free activity that all junior students are welcome to attend.


Choir Leader: Mrs Peta Murray

Intermediate Choir is for students in Years 3 & 4. Intermediate Choir meets each Friday at 1pm (lunchtime) in the Performing Arts room. This is a free activity that all intermediate students are welcome to attend.


Choir Leader: Miss Helen Francis

Senior Vocal Group is for students in year 5 & 6. Senior Vocal Group meets each Wednesday at 2.30pm in the Performing Arts Room.


Leader: Miss Helen Francis

Dance Group is for students in years 5 & 6. Dance Group meets every Monday at 1pm (lunchtime) in the Performing Arts room.


Leader: Mr John Milton and assisted by Mrs Peta Murray

Junior Orchestra is for any student in their first few years of learning an instrument. This is our “beginners” orchestra, where the students are taught to play as an ensemble. Students are taught to read and play simple arrangements and are often invited to perform at assemblies and school events.


Leader: Mr John Milton and assisted by Miss Helen Francis

Senior Orchestra is our orchestra for those students with a few years of experience under their belts. Arrangements are more complex than those taught in Junior Orchestra and students are given the opportunity to regularly perform at school assemblies and other school events.



Helen Francis and Peta Murray