Creative Ways to Spend Your Days with Performing Arts

PREP – We’ve been singing so much in Prep Music and Movement. While you’re home, teach some of the adults your favourite songs! If you have time, take a sneak peek at our Winter Sing-Along song!

GRADE 1 – We’ve been changing the lyrics to our community song “Aiken Drum” in performing arts class the last couple of weeks. Take a look at this video and see if you’re up for the “Aiken Drum Kitchen Challenge.”

G1 Aiken Drum Kitchen Challenge

GRADE 2 We’ve been thinking a lot about how to use expression with our body and gesture, now its time to work on using our voice! Make a newspaper puppet and use them to explore vocal expression. Create a story or read a poem using your figurines! See the video for ideas of what to do!

GRADES 3 and 4 – We’ve been working on strategies that help us read and write notes on the treble clef. Check out these sites that help you practice putting these strategies to work!

Note Names Game

Match The Rhythm Game

Whack-A-Note Game

GRADE 5 – We’ve been working on the dance style “the Lindy Hop” in preparation for our G5 Fashion Show. Check out this youtube playlist of inspiring Lindy Hop moves. Can you teach an adult at home “truckin’” “messing around” “running” or the “basic”? Can you create your own variations at home?

GRADE 6 – We’ve been working on reading and writing our blues lyrics using classroom instruments over the last couple of weeks. Check out these amazing blues performances, or play around to create your own desktop blues with this fun website!


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72nd HKSMF MUSIC Festival Registration OPEN

Students interested in participating in the 72nd HK Schools Music Festival must complete the relevant form, and submit with payment to LS – Mrs. Kimberly Butler (LLAC 613) or US – Jessy Po (LLAC 612). Fees must be paid by cheque to CDNIS. Deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, October 2nd. Late applications will not be included

Access to the festival syllabus is here.


Solo performance

Duo performance

Own Choice performance


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71st Hong Kong Speech Festival – Registration OPEN

CDNIS students interested in participating in the 71st HK Schools Speech Festival must complete either the solo form or the  duo form,  and submit them, along with payment to Mrs. Kimberly Butler (LS) or Ms. Jessy Po (US). Fees must be paid by cheque to CDNIS. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, September 13. Any late applications will not be included. For more information regarding classes and fees for performances, please access the festival syllabus here. Please take note of a special announcement from the HKSMF before applying.

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Opportunities to Perform in LS PA!

We are so lucky at this school to have a community that loves to perform! There are many opportunities for students in Grade 3-6 to utilise and extend their passions in the perform arts. Check them out below!

We have our first Friday Fun in the Forum of the year next Friday, August 30. Students in Grade 1-2 can sign up for this optional open mic opportunity in their PA classes. Students in Grade 3-6 can sign up by filling out this form here.


Band, Choir, Dance and Strings!
The Lower School Performing Arts Department hosts a wide variety of after school ensembles that students can join first semester this year! For many of those ensembles auditions to join the group are happening next week. To sign up for an audition fill out one of the forms below:

Tuesdays After School – 2:45-3:55

Wednesdays After School – 2:45-3:55

Thursdays After School – 2:45-3:55

Wizard of Oz Workshops
In addition to these ensembles, students can also sign-up for the Wizard of Oz Workshops. This is a set of drama workshops that run on select Friday afternoons with the purpose of getting students ready for the LS Musical Production. Auditions for the production are in November, more information will be coming out on that soon!

Playing Solos at Assemblies
Finally, students are invited to perform a solo in a more formal setting, their class’ assembly! Each homeroom hosts an assembly once a year. We audition up to three solo performers from that class for the event. Interested in performing? Sign-up below!

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Our first Friday Fun in the Forum – August 30th

If you are interested in signing up to perform, please complete this form.

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Sign Ups for Solo Assembly Performances

Each year, students in the Lower School are invited to audition to perform in grade level assemblies. Students may prepare a short solo or small ensemble piece of no more than 3 minutes. This opportunity is optional and is a great chance for young musicians to exhibit the music making that they do outside of school!


To sign-up, please click on the appropriate grade level form below. Sign-ups are first come, first serve! Students may only sign-up to perform in an assembly for their current grade level. Please only sign-up for one date to give more students an opportunity to perform! Assembly dates will close two weeks prior to the performance or when they fill up!

Prep Sign Up

Grade 1-3 Sign-Up

Grade 4-6 Sign-Up *Students in grades 4-6 can only sign up for their homeroom assembly.

Once the form is completed you will receive an email from a Performing Arts teacher regarding an audition time and location. If you have any questions please contact the following Performing Arts teachers:

Prep – Carole Saunders at

Grades 1-3 – Ashley Benusa at

Grades 4-6 – Kimberly Butler at

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Ensemble Sign Up for 2019-2020

The LS Performing Arts department is pleased to offer the following after school ensembles for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information on each of the ensembles and how to join, please click on the relevant links below:


Timbertones Choir  G3-G6 on Tuesdays 2:45 – 3:55  Blog,  Schedule & Sign Up Form

Strings Ensemble  G3-G6 on Wednesdays 2:45 – 3:55 Blog, Schedule & Sign Up Form

Beginning Band  G3-G6 on Thursdays 2:45 – 3:55 Schedule & Sign Up Form

Intermediate Band G3-G6 on Wednesdays 2:45 – 3:55 Schedule & Sign Up Form

Dance Troupe G3-G6 on Thursdays from 2.45-4.00. Students will be invited to learn some dance and choreographic techniques with the possibility of performances. All are welcome. Dance Squad starts September 6th. Interested students are invited to sign up here.

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Save the Afternoons – Performing Arts Opportunities 2019-2020

Next year, the Lower School Performing Arts Department is excited to offer many after school experiences for the 2019-2020 school year. As you organise your child’s schedule for next year, keep the following opportunities in mind:

Treble Timbertones, led by Ashley Benusa will meet Tuesdays from 2:45-3:55. It is open to any student who loves to sing in Grade 3 to Grade 6. This group will meet in the first semester only.

LS Intermediate Band led by Kimberly Butler will meet Wednesdays from 2:45-3:55. Students who are already studying a wind instrument or percussion in Grade 3 to Grade 6 are welcome to audition to be a part of this group. This group will meet in the first semester, and again from April to June.

LS Strings Ensemble led by Ashley Benusa will meet Wednesdays from 2:45-3:55. Students who are already studying violin, viola, or cello outside of school in Grade 3-6 are welcome to audition to be a part of this group. This group will meet in the first semester and again from April to June.

LS Beginning Band led by Kimberly Butler will meet on Thursdays from 2:45-3:55. This ensemble is for students with no prior experience on a wind, brass or percussion instrument, and is open to students in Grades 3 to Grade 6. This group will meet in the first semester only.

LS Dance Troupe, led by Carole Saunders will meet on Thursdays after school for Grade 3 to Grade 6. This group will meet in the first semester only.

LS MUSICAL –  we are pleased to announce our Lower School musical for 2019-2020 will be The WIZARD OF OZ, Young Performer’s Edition. Auditions will take place the week of November 25-29, with rehearsals from January to March on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Performances are on March 26 and 27, 2020. To prepare for auditions, special WOZ Workshops will be offered on select Fridays from September to November. For more information, please check out the LS Musical Blog here.

More information about joining each of these ensembles will be available in August.

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Last FFF of the Year – May 24

Sign up here for the last FFF of the school year.

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Performing Arts Student-Led Learning Reviews

To provide an authentic learning experience in the performing arts during Prep to Grade 5 student-led learning reviews,  students are invited to bring their parents to their performing arts classroom. There, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on learning engagements in music, dance and drama.  Sessions will be on a drop-in basis only. No appointments necessary.

Ms. Benusa (Grades 1, 2, 3) – LLAC 816

Mrs. Butler (Grades 4, 5, 6)  – LLAC 613

Ms. Saunders (Prep, Dance Grades 1-6)  – LLAC 815

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