ESF Primary Arts News

Term 2

From the Co-Chairs of the ESF Primary Arts Group

How fast time flies when your having fun.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has worked to make the Performing and Visual Arts a significant part of our students love of learning.

This term has seen the successful inaugural Primary Arts week. We look forward to working together with the Primary Arts Group to further this great initiative in the future.

Next term we will host a variety of events to continue to develop the Arts as an important part of the lives of our students.

Please enroll in the Dalcroze Workshop for ESF on April 29th (see info below) and look out for future dates of meetings to launch the Primary Arts Group Google + page and also to develop our plans for the coming academic year.

Again, thank you for all you do to support the Arts in our schools and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Best Wishes,

David Benzie (Glenealy School) and Sue Yee (Quarry Bay School)
Co-Chairs of the ESF Primary Arts Group
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Performing Arts Day

Kennedy School and Kowloon Junior School both played host to this years Primary Performing Arts Day. On Thursday April 24th the island side schools all met at Kennedy School whilst on Friday April 25th the remaining ESF schools came together at Kowloon Junior.

Each school shared their talents by presenting short 15 minute performances. There was a large cross section of performance styles on display and the students enjoyed the opportunity to share their love of performing with students from the other various ESF schools. Performances included Hip Hop Dance, Traditional Chinese Dance, Recorder Ensembles, Orchestras, Chinese Orchestra, Choirs, Class Drama Presentations, Shakespeare, Drumming and even a Flash Mob.

Students at Kennedy School were lucky to be treated to a lesson in how to use your voice to beat box. They also had the chance to participate in a Visual Art activity during the break.

Our sincere thanks go to Mr. Davenport, Dr. Knight and all the support staff at the hosting schools. Thanks also go to all of the other staff members who worked with their students to help develop their talents. It was truly inspirational to see what our amazingly talented students are working on across the foundation.
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Collaborative Primary School Visual Art Project - How We Express Ourselves

Visual Arts Actvity

Several schools also took part in the visual arts activity. Students were invited to add their own drawing to a bigger piece of artwork. The theme for the artwork was what inspires us to express ourselves. Below are pictures from Shatin and Kennedy school's collaborative visual arts project.

ESF Dalcroze Workshop

Tuesday, April 29th, 4:30-6pm

Glenealy School, 7 Hornsey Rd, Mid-level, Hong Kong

ESF Dalcroze Workshop
On April 29th the ESF Primary Arts Group will present a Dalcroze workshop for any interested ESF classroom or specialist teacher.

The workshop will focus on the following areas:
- An introduction to Dalcroze and the benefits for children
- Creative techniques and selected movement to music exercises to assist with the implementation of the PYP
- Suggestions for further investigation and extension of activities applicable to teaching movement to music as a form of expression.


No prior musical knowledge will be required and staff from all areas are encouraged to apply.

There is no cost for the course.

To enroll please email David Benzie (dbenzie@gs.esf.edu.hk). Places are limited to 15.


The workshop will be lead by the renowned Sui MIng Chu. Sui Ming is the first ever certified HK Chinese Dalcroze teacher in Hong Kong and holds certificates of Institute Jaques Dalcroze, both in Geneva and UK Dalcroze. She has experience in teaching with the Dalcroze method in Europe and Hong Kong for both children and performing arts professionals. In 2012, Sui Ming started the Hong Kong Dalcroze Music Center. More details can be found at http://dalcrozecenter.com/theteacher.html