July 25, 2017

Creative Arts

Students can unleash their creative flair through dance and drama performances, competitions, exhibitions and enrichment programs. Students with particular interests and talents can participate in local and state-wide activities in visual arts, music, dance and drama.


Music at Sutton Primary helps to build a strong, creative and engaged community where all students are encouraged to develop their own identity and talents. Musicians have made important contributions to the Sutton Primary community, sharing their music at school events and activities. The personal musical milestones of the youngest and newest participants and the outstanding performances of the most experienced musicians are acknowledged and applauded. The school band and individual tuition on guitar and keyboard provide the students with opportunities to explore individuality and creativity. Specialist music teachers are utilised to teach and support music programs.

Musica Viva

The Musica Viva In Schools is a valuable program offering live performances to students, quality teaching and learning materials and professional development for teachers.  These varied musical performances provide students with an insight into a variety of musical styles, the diversity of musical instruments and the impact of culture on the development of both instruments and music.


The ACT Footsteps Dance company continues to work with the school to implement the school dance program, which is very much enjoyed by all children. A specialist teacher implements a ten week program covering a range of dance styles and techniques to engage and encourage students to become more confident and experienced in this area. Dance and movement programs are also run by class teachers.

Performing arts

The Sutton Performing Arts Group (SPAG) continues to be a well supported and popular component of Sutton Primary learning programs. Our school choir meets each week and performs publicly each term. These are worthwhile experiences for students and often help develop greater self esteem, and encourage creativity.

Public speaking and debating

Learning to speak confidently in front of an audience is an important and invaluable skill. Sutton Primary has a long standing tradition of high achievement in public speaking. Children have the opportunity to participate in events and competitions in Canberra and at local events. A debating camp is also offered to students with talents in this area. Developing debating skills and participating in competitions are also another opportunity for children to extend their skills.

Visual arts

Visual arts is taught by all teachers from Kindergarten to Year 6 and samples of work are regularly on display in classrooms, during assemblies and at specific exhibitions such as the school fete. We also share work with the community through the publication of our school newsletter. Our senior students also work together to paint the backdrop each year for our end of year musical. Talented children have the opportunity to participate in the  South Coast Regional Visual Arts Camp.