If cute wins fans, this band from St James' Parish School has a big future

PINT-SIZED PERFORMERS: Darcy, Archer, Jude, Daniel, Indianna and Mason have been mastering new instruments and fine-tuning their songs for the St James' Arts Festival.
PINT-SIZED PERFORMERS: Darcy, Archer, Jude, Daniel, Indianna and Mason have been mastering new instruments and fine-tuning their songs for the St James' Arts Festival.

Pupils at St James’ Parish School have been exploring their creative and artistic passions to perfect performances and artworks for the school’s annual arts festival.

During this term, children at St James’ have collaborated across year levels to develop skills in choreography, ​ballet, ​hip ​hop ​and ​contemporary ​dance, ​songwriting, ​musicianship, ​art making, ​comedy, ​puppetry, ​commedia ​dell'arte, ​filmmaking ​and ​direction.

And in doing so they’ve been free to explore more deeply the artistic pursuits that interest them the most.

“Throughout ​this ​process ​children ​have ​developed ​their interpersonal ​capabilities ​and ​developed ​their ​wonderful ​artistry,” said teacher Dan West.

“Our ​children ​are ​curious ​and ​creative. ​They ​have ​explored ​a ​range ​of performance ​genres ​and ​arts ​mediums ​and ​the ​festival ​is ​a ​wonderful ​opportunity ​for ​our children ​to ​share ​their ​learning ​with ​the ​wider ​community.”

ROCKERS: Junior musicians Archer, Daniel, Jude, Mason and Indianna rehearse their concert performance for the St James' Parish School Arts Festival this week.

ROCKERS: Junior musicians Archer, Daniel, Jude, Mason and Indianna rehearse their concert performance for the St James' Parish School Arts Festival this week.

The arts festival, which runs from 5pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, will have five performances stages running throughout the evening and an outdoor cinema, science and art installations, and community performances.

“St James’ has a beautiful design to it, in that children can explore their passion and interests no matter what grade they are in. Children from prep to grade six explored all the genres then decided on which performance, or visual arts, they wanted to explore more deeply,” Mr West said.