Fine Arts and Music
Since 1993 Holy Cross School has had a rich and diverse music program offered to the students in kindergarten through to grade five. Students learn the universally accepted symbols necessary for reading and composing music. A variety of rhythm instruments including hand drums, tambourines, castanets, maracas, bells, triangles, sand blocks, finger cymbals, boom whackers, xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels are used to instill beat as well as reading rhythms. Students in grade four and five transfer their knowledge to the soprano recorder, making the transition to a band instrument easy.
Spring concerts have included No, No, Noah, Treasure Island, Dig It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced in collaboration with a local group of professional woodwind musicians. As well, a fantastic Chatauqua, based on the history of the Penticton and Okanagan area, was held, true to its historical roots, in a large outdoor tented venue.
Holy Cross has a large performance choir of students from grades two to five, that rehearse weekly and give choral concerts throughout the Penticton and Summerland area during the Christmas and spring seasons. As an outreach program our choir visits the extended care facilities and retirement homes throughout the city. Holy Cross’ choir has also been a successful participant in previous Penticton Kiwanis music festivals.
Children grow in confidence through taking part in Drama.
This year students in grade six through grade eight have the option to participate in either the first or third term. Dramatic forms such as improvisation, monologue, reader’s theatre and role playing used to develop fundamental skills.
Student performances are enhanced by talented staff members, who have coached great dramatic performances as well as lively and challenging choreography. Parents, students and staff have worked to provide fantastic props and artwork. Costuming is generously provided by parents and staff.