Music News

Last year, students in year 4 and 5 were given a pre-recorded musical aptitude test by an external examiner. Several other students were accepted but have since left the school.   To have so many students accepted is a major achievement for a relatively small school. 


Students accepted into this program receive free group instrumental lessons and a subsidised hire rate for their instrument.  In return, they are required to practice regularly, care for the instrument and participate in a concert at the end of the year.   They are expected to remain in the program for as long as they are at Phoenix Primary School.  


The aptitude test is only one way of selecting students and is not able to identify every student who would be suitable for this program. If your child missed out, please reassure them that they are musically talented, but that the test is not always perfect!  If they are in year 5, we expect that they will have another opportunity to sit the test and gain entry to the program at the end of this year.


If your child is struggling with practising, staying motivated or managing their lessons, please ask them to come and see me or alternatively I am happy to speak to parents directly. 

The following students were accepted into the SIMS program and received an award.


  • Waiata Paikea-Stanley - Clarinet
  • Jennifer Tran - Clarinet                                 
  • Mya Arbon - Clarinet
  • Lucia Koenig-Tomlinson - Clarinet
  • Zak Amis - Clarinet
  • Jamilia Edwards - Clarinet
  • Karl Layco - Guitar
  • Sally Moore - Guitar
  • Ellira Boase - Flute
  • Adele Gabrielson - Flute
  • Beau Whittaker - Baritone
  • Francis Valiente - Drums
  • Kyas Barnard - Drums


Thank you to all the parents who have supported their children to enter this program.  It would be wonderful if this support could extend to the sharing and organising of lifts to the venue.   


Transport to Fremantle College is the responsibility of the parent.  If you are struggling to get your child to the program, please contact the school so that they can put you in contact with other parents.


Melanie Starkey

Music Specialist


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