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Music program

Mackay West State School offers an extensive cultural program from Prep to year 6.

The music program has a team of four teachers: two classroom teachers and two instrumental teachers who encourage and develop the students in all areas of music.

Music notation develops from year 4 where children commence learning recorder. Singing is still the main focus and children start to write music on the staff. In years 5 and 6 they develop their singing, playing and writing skills.

There are many opportunities for children to perform their musical skills to the school and wider community.

Our choirs

Our school is proud to offer choirs from years Prep, 1, 2, 3, 4,5 and 6. Our music teachers show their talents in training these choirs. Teachers in our school value and support music and cultural events. We rely on teachers and parents to assist us with conducting and accompanying.

We also offer students the opportunity to develop singing techniques for solo work at the Eisteddfod and other community projects. Creative performance is an integral part of choir work where children learn to choreograph or use gymnastic effects to enhance the performance.

Instrumental music program

The instrumental program is designed for children to learn an orchestral instrument. The range of instruments covers, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. The program follows the Education Queensland guidelines as per class sizes, course books etc. In year 4 a small number of children are offered tuition using stringed instruments. Brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are offered for years 5 and 6.

All children participating in the program are expected to join the school band or ensemble when they have demonstrated proficiency. The instrumental instructors visit a number of schools in Mackay and thus their time is very limited. The timetable will be prepared early in the school year and issued to participants. Due to limited time of tuition available to our school and the large number of students who would like to be involved, a selection process has been devised to place the most musically talented children in the program. If selected, an annual contribution will be required to assist with related costs for maintenance and development of instruments, equipment and the program.

Sporting activities

General program

To assist in their social and physical development every pupil is expected to take part actively in Health and Physical Education (HPE) lessons during each of the summer and winter periods and to perform in interhouse competition. Minor games, gymnastics, dancing and other fitness activities are incorporated in a comprehensive school physical education and sport program.

Children not participating in organised sport through illness will be required to engage in additional school work, monitoring, or other useful but less strenuous activity.

A doctor’s certificate is required for continuous non-participation in the physical education, sporting or swimming programs of the school.

Every pupil must realise that, while it is the aim of the game to win, the essence of sporting activity is in the participation and striving to improve in the many sporting skills conducted. Pupils will however, endeavour to develop the attitude of a good sportsperson, in the true Australian tradition, as well as bearing in mind the school motto - Always our best.

Sporting activities

Interhouse/interschool competition for years 3 – 6.

Interhouse sport, including athletics will be organised for all pupils and played during the sport’s afternoons. The program includes sessions on skill development as well as competition matches between the various sports houses:- Apollo, Mercury, Neptune and Vulcan.

Interschool competition with the Southern Suburbs Schools Sports Association and Mackay District Association will allow for personal representation in school teams in most of the major sports, and lead on to higher representative honors. Our school has a sound tradition in this area, supplying a good proportion of children for higher representation.

Major sporting activities up to state representation level include:- swimming, tennis, hockey basketball, rugby league, soccer, track and field, softball cross country, cricket, touch football, netball and Australian rules.