Theatre is offered at the curricular level beginning in 5th grade and through Parish EXTEND for students as young as 4 years old. In addition, each academic year, PARISHarts holds open auditions for Middle and Upper School Musicals, and a wide variety of plays.
The Parish Rosettes Drill Team is just one example of the extracurricular arts programs offered at Parish. These girls support Panther Athletics as well as put on a full length dance show in the Winter.
Dance at Parish begins as young as 18 months and permeates all the way through 12th grade. It is offered both as a curricular and extracurricular option as well as in the summer and afterschool ParishEXTEND program. At Parish, we believe the skills and knowledge learned in dance help students develop meaningful concepts of self, human relationships and their physical environments.
With over 100 students in the Middle School Band program, PARISHarts continues to enhance the educational experience of our students through music.
Parish Episcopal School kicked off the holidays by serving others, showcasing their talents in choir, dance and band, and by celebrating the season with Christmas pageants, Lesson & Carols and special chapel homilies on Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. On December 6, Parish bands performed in the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center during the Sounds of the Season concert. The 5th grade Concert Band, 6th grade Symphonic Band, 7th & 8th grade Wind Ensemble and 9th-12th grade Parish Winds played traditional holiday music and non-traditional tunes. (Watch the Sounds of the Season story) (Sounds of the Season photo gallery by Wiley Williams) PARISHarts also presented the Trimester 1 Art Gallery Show on December 7 in the Jonsson Family Gallery on the Midway Campus. The show featured the selected works of K-12th grade students. (Trimester 1 Art Gallery Show photo gallery by Wiley Williams)
Parish students, faculty and staff joined in the season of giving by helping others through service projects. ParishServes held a toy drive benefitting Toys for Tots November 27 through December 8. The community donated around 1500 items to deserving families in the local area. (Read more about Toys for Tots). Parish Rosettes and Drumline got together to create goody bags for students at Cigarroa Elementary, our DISD partner school. (Details here). During the Bea’s Kids Christmas Store event on December 9, Parish helped children experience the joy of giving. The annual event provides gifts baskets and special coffee mugs of goodies for kids to give to mom and dad over the holidays. (Bea’s Kids Christmas Store).
During the week leading up to the holiday break, Parish students enjoyed advisory parties, awkward advisory holiday photos and ugly holiday sweater days (MS & US). The Parish Jazz Band and the Middle School choir provided some holiday cheer in the lobby during morning arrivals. The Jazz Band also performed during a concert on the evening of Dec 13. (Jazz Lobby & Jazz Concert galleries by Wiley Williams) The performances were streamed on Facebook live. (MS Choir & Jazz)
The 3rd & 4th grade Christmas Pageant, held in the new Phillips Activity Center, offered the audience a sweet surprise with a show titled The Great Big Holiday Bakeoff. The extravaganza featured little bakers and songs about holiday cupcakes, cookies and other favorite treats. (Watch 3rd & 4th on FB Live) (Photo Gallery by Wiley Williams)
On December 14 at the Hillcrest campus, students presented their Christmas Pageants and concerts at the Church of the Transfiguration. PreK 1 sang numerous songs including Away in a Manger and I Have a Little Dreidel. (Watch PreK 1 on FB Live & Photo Gallery) (Photo Gallery) PreK 2, Kindergarten and Primer presented the story of Jesus’ birth and sang traditional hymns such as There Was a Little Baby. They ended the program with the holiday classic, We Wish You a Merry Christmas. (Watch on FB Live) (Photo Gallery) Students in 1st and 2nd grade put on their holiday best to sing a medley of Christmas favorites including Deck the Halls, Go Tell it on the Mountain and Gloria in excelsis Deo.(Watch 1st & 2nd on FB Live) (Photo Gallery)
Students, faculty and staff at Hillcrest and Midway also celebrated the Christmas season during Lessons & Carols on Friday, December 15. The choirs performed during the services in Godwin Chapel. (US Lessons & Carols FB Live) (Photo Gallery Midway) The choirs also performed during Lessons & Carols at Hillcrest. (Photo Gallery Hillcrest)
Parish Episcopal School would like to thank all students, faculty, staff and parents for their support during the holiday performances. Special recognition goes to the music direction of Jessica Barnett, Jeff Crouse, Hays Hendricks, Steve Hendricks, Riley King, Kathleen Parsons and Ruth Williams. The pageants and productions are made possible by their talent, hard work and dedication to Parish students.
In a given year, PARISHarts produces more than 70 student performances!
Through the Independent Study Program students are given opportunities to further their knowledge and experiences in a particular discipline. The teacher in the discipline develops a curriculum for the study personalized to the passions of that particular student.