Kids Paint pARTy

Saturday 14th July

Kate Hartley

Kate is a face familiar to many Mount Isa families involved with music. Kate is regularly called upon to perform for local events such as ANZAC Day, charity balls, fetes and opening national anthem. This is her second stint in Mount Isa, after moving down to New South Wales for 4 years she is pleased to be back! Kate has a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts, she also holds Kodaly Music Education certificates specialising in primary school music. She has a passion for creative arts and giving students the opportunity to perform and learn through engaging classes.


Kate has previously run a private singing studio in Mount Isa and Port Macquarie (NSW) and has been involved with numerous choirs ranging from primary schools to retirement villages. Kate is actively involved in projects in the North West to enhance creative arts education for young people as well as teaching Music and Drama at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School.

Ryan Fitch

Ryan comes to us from New South Wales and is currently working as a speech pathologist with Gidgee Healing. He has extensive training and experience working with children and young adults teaching Speech & Drama. He specialised in the International Music Examinations Board curriculum and has completed Licentiate Teacher's Diploma Speech and Drama with A Honours and Licentiate Performer's Diploma Speech and Drama with A Honours. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (media/theatre) and a Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology. Ryan teaches children how to feel comfortable and confident speaking in front of an audience, perform poetry and prose, learn skills in mime, improvisation, acting, and creating stories. 


We are extremely excited to have Ryan join the Outback School of the Arts and look forward to seeing your child let their creativeness flow.

Marae Staples

Born and raised in South Western Queensland, Marae began her singing journey at the age of twelve. Over that time, she had been privileged to be taught by Caroline Chown, Bernard Wheaton,  Helen Earley and Arthur and Hayley Johnson. After completing secondary schooling at Downland's College with a music scholarship, Marae went on to study a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Vocal Performance, at the University of Southern Queensland. She  has also taken part in vocal camps and ensembles both in Australia and the USA. Since completing her degree in 2004, she had been busy being a full-time mum to her six children as well a principal vocalist at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Toowoomba until her move to Mount Isa in 2015.


The Outback School of the Arts is excited to have Marae on board to offer singing lessons for students Grade 3 to 12.