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In addition to our busy and varied core curriculum Arts program, students have a plethora of well-established, inspiring Arts activities beyond the classroom. These include outstanding opportunities in Music, Drama and Film and Visual Art.

To read more about the core Arts program at Pembroke, visit the Key Learning Areas section of our website. Additional opportunities that students can choose to explore are outlined below:

Music

Students at Pembroke are encouraged to participate in co-curricular music activities available throughout the School. The School has an excellent reputation in choral, band, orchestral and contemporary performance, as well as a vibrant chamber music program, and outstanding guest artists are engaged every year through our Artist in Residence program to work with our students. Guest artists have included Will Vinson and Jo Lawry, The Idea of North, Ashlin Parker, Ray Vega, Leroy Jones, Don Burrows, Kevin Hunt and Tommy Emmanuel.

Individual music lessons, ensembles and performance opportunities are available in each of the Junior, Middle and Senior schools. Opportunities to join music tours become available from time to time, including to the annual Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier.

Junior School Ensembles
  • Songbirds Choir (Year 2 – 3)
  • Cantabile Choir (Year 4 - 6)
  • String Ensembles (Year 2 – 6)
  • Concert Band (Year 4 – 6)
  • Percussion Ensemble (Year 4 – 6)
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Recorder Ensemble (Year 2 – 4)
  • Rock Bands (Year 4 – 6)
  • French Horn Ensemble
Middle and Senior School Ensembles
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Choirs
  • Rock School
  • Big bands
  • Concert Bands
  • String Orchestras
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Music and Small Ensembles
  • Percussion Ensembles
  • Guitar Ensemble

Drama and Film

Drama and Film co-curricular activities at Pembroke provide many exciting opportunities for students and have lit the creative fire for of many of our renowned old scholars - now professional actors, filmmakers, and designers.

Every second year, Middle School students can participate as singers, dancers, performers and backstage workers in the School Musical, a large and popular production performed in a professional theatre venue.

Some students develop a keen interest in lighting and sound operation, design for set, costume, hair, make-up or publicity. There are plenty of opportunities for students to hone these skills through the numerous drama productions performed across the School, including SACE and IB Theatre productions.

Film Club is offered to students from Year 7 to 12 who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in making short films. Students are introduced to practical film-making techniques before planning and developing their own films. The annual Unreel Festival is Pembroke’s own mini-Academy Awards ceremony with a range of award categories open for students to enter their films.

Visual Art

Art classes are offered after school for students to explore and hone their artistic skills beyond the core curriculum art program.

We offer after school Ceramics, General Drawing, Life Drawing and Watercolour classes.