Learning happens in so many different ways.  St. Bartholomew's mission is to educate the whole child.  Students have the ability to express themselves with music, art and other enrichment programs that compliment and expand upon our academic curriculum.  The Arts are broadly supported at St. Bartholomew with offerings in, MUSIC, FINE ART, theater and various enrichment programs.  

Students at St. Bartholomew school engage in cross curricular learning with the arts.  Art and music classes, as well as enrichment classes are closely coordinated with classroom curriculums so that students can experience learning material on multiple levels and with different modalities.

School Music Program

Through the experience of singing, moving, playing instruments, and improvising, children experience another type of learning. These developing skills encourage and engage students in other subject areas, through exposure to a wide variety of mathematic, cultural and historical subjects. The students will learn better coordination and enhance their vocabularies, while gaining confidence and learning to express themselves in a new way. Our students will study a variety of musical styles and genres; learn about their origins and their relation to other disciplines.

All students will participate in:

  • playing a variety of instruments

  • listening and assessing different elements of music 

  • examine techniques for proper instrumental and vocal performance

  • learn appropriate vocabulary for discussing music.

The upper grades will learn rhythmic/melodic notation and advance their ability to read music.

We will prepare music as a whole school for the Christmas Pageant.  We will also prepare for Mass both musically and spiritually, learning more about our faith through song.

Band Music
St. Bartholomew School ADW Band Concert
ADW Band Program

St. Bartholomew School participates with the ADW Music Program.  The school band is a wonderful way for young students to be introduced to band instruments and to playing ensemble music.  

Students who participate in the program are given private instrument instruction at the school once a week throughout the school year.  Students also participate in a once-a-week, after school band practice with other students in the band.  

Band members perform at two band recitals a year.  Our band director is Ms. Caroline Aylward.


The Fine Arts curriculum focuses on Elements of Art and Principles of Design, as well as exposure to Art History and visual artists.  Visual processing, critical thinking, development of visual/spatial intelligences are focused upon.  The curriculum provides the opportunity to work with a wide variety of visual art media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, assemblage, and photography in smaller or larger format.  The program stresses that children should have access to different materials and techniques from an early age to build their visual art vocabulary.  Art lessons are often supported with age appropriate literature and, when relevant, with cross-curricular connections with their academic subject matter.

Fine Art Curriculum by Grade:

Why are you cheaper than anyone else?

It's great - isn't it! Seriously though, after re-engineering and designing our solutions we canvassed the world for the best quality componetry that met our high standards but didn't break the bank. We've also removed all of the bells, whistles, electronics and toys from the systems. What you get is easy to use and long lasting with most of the wear items such as filters available locally to you.

How long will my system take to get here?

We should have your system in stock. It may take a day or so to construct it and add any requests to it. It's then up to the courier company. Sometimes demand outstrips supply and we have to wait for our suppliers. We'll keep in contact with you every stage of the way should there be a delay.

How hard is it to install?

We supply a comprehensive installation manual and operation guide that should make it easy for a home handyman to install. Failing that, you'll find your local plumber, handyman, boat mechanic may have the necessary skills to assist you.

If that's a dead end, get in touch and we may know someone in your area.

How often do you need to replace the filters or membrane?

It's dependent on how much sedimentation is in the water near you. The filter cartridges are standard 10" ones and easily accessible. They can be replaced cheaply and easily. You can buy them on eBay or at most plumbing store or water filter shops. They don't need replacing every time though as you can remove them and hose them down to remove most of the grime. Regarding the reverse osmosis membrane (RO) - this is the heart of the system and should give you many years of use. There are a number of procedures you should follow to ensure no damage is done though: - Always start the system with the pressure valve open so the membrane doesn't get a shock - Always open the pressure valve fully before turning off the high pressure pump - Always flush the system with fresh water after each use. It reduces biological growth - Make sure there is water in your tank or that the system is connected to your town water by hose for the weekly automated flush - If you are shutting the system down for weeks or months you can 'pickle the membrane'. This will allow many months of storage without use. This information is included in your instruction manual supplied.

How can I know the quality of the water produced?

We supply each system with a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) digital meter. This reads the number of parts per million (ppm) of contaminates in the water. Fresh water has generally up to 500 ppm. Our system runs normally at under 100 ppm. You can read about this on Wikipedia here