Equitable Education Fine Arts Programming #ThanksToYouHalifax Improving Student Achievement Halifax Regional Arts Music The sounds of the season are being shared throughout HRM this month, thanks to HRA Music! The month of shows began with several ensembles, including Shore Vocals, Bravo Boys, and Belle Voci, performing on Christmas Daddies. The Basilica Concert featured six choirs and a brass ensemble, and the Halifax Girls Honour Choir sang at the CBC Feed Nova Scotia show. Many groups have been seen across HRM sharing their talents, including Soundtrax, Vocala Choir and the Dartmouth All-City Jazz Choir at Stanfield International Airport. The Starlight Choir shone at Canada Games Centre, and the Lakes and Locks String ensemble entertained audiences at Sunnyside Mall. These are but a very few of the wonderful performances put on throughout HRCE and HRM during this holiday season. Music teachers from all over HRCE were also engaged in professional development hosted by HRA Music on December 6. Whether it be how to best engage upper elementary learners, learning teaching techniques in brass, strings, double reed, or single reed instruments, music educators were involved in improving their teaching practice for high quality music instruction across HRCE! Dance, Drama & Visual Arts If you’re not following @HRCEFineArts on Twitter, you’re missing out! This is where you’ll see how students from across the HRCE are experiencing supplementary funded fine arts opportunities! From dance, to drama, to visual arts – the opportunities are reaching students in every family of schools. Unity Charity toured eight HRCE schools in November, reaching more than 3000 students through an empowerment assembly as well as 48 hours of workshop time for students in junior and senior high. Dance 11 students at Island View High School experienced the strength and rhythm of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form, also in November. Stage Combat workshops took place at Sir John A. Macdonald High School for Grades 10-12. They were led by Tom Smith, a veteran Shakespeare by the Sea performer and certified Stage Combat instructor. In December, Ontario actress Leslie McCurdy performed her play, Things my Foresisters Saw before students in 12 schools. The one-woman show gave voice to four African Canadian women: Mary Ann Shad, Mary Joseph Angelique, Rose Fortune and Viola Desmond. This performance gave students the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of African history through drama. Poet and author (and Citadel High Alumni!), Andre Fenton toured 13 schools sharing his new book Worthy of Love. He led writing workshops for students in Grades 5-12. The first ever HRCE-wide musical hit the stage in early December. Seussical involved students from six different families of schools in the HRCE. Students from ten HRCE schools were able to see the show.