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Performing Arts


Students gain an understanding of the importance of the performing arts in our society as both professional and recreational pursuits. Learning about the world through the performing arts develops empathy for others and an understanding of a rapidly changing world that continues to increase in cultural diversity and complexity. Our students are encouraged to express themselves through the Performing Arts with confidence and in ways that offer  alternatives to electronic and technological media.


As Senior Students progress through to the two-year course in Yr. 11 and 12, they will experience exciting, practical and engaging lessons in the dramatic arts.  The skills of each individual student are developed through devising and improvising, presenting and performing to live audiences, researching and responding to student and professional performances and script writing. Students will perform individually and in small groups for practical assessment. Additionally, a careful selection of workshops led by working artists provide further connection with modern practitioners who explore both heritage and contemporary styles of drama studied in the classroom.


Dance fulfils various functions in society.  The same dance may exist for more than one purpose yet all dances can be characterized functionally as ritualistic, social or artistic.  In this syllabus, dance is considered to be art, although it is also desirable to have some understanding of the social and ritual functions of dance.

All genres of dance e.g. Ballet, Contemporary, Social, Popular, Ritual, Musical Theatre will be offered in the two years of Senior study. Each unit is designed to take the student through the past to the present and into the future using a developmental approach. In addition, the 2010 syllabus specifies a strong contemporary focus in YEAR 12. 


The Senior Music Course aims to develop the musical skills, processes and attitudes of students in three areas - Analysing Repertoire, Composing, Performing.

It is envisaged students will develop a life-long interest/involvement in music, either as a career or leisure interest, through this course of study. 

Listening involves auditory perception, discrimination, memory, analysis and notation through the study of musical history, styles and genres.  Composing involves the development of notation and writing skills, the development and extension of imagination and creativity through writing or arranging music, in a variety of styles and genres. Performing encompasses a variety of practical activities with emphasis on performance including instrumental and vocal performance, improvising and conducting.  Throughout the course students will be required to perform individually and in small and large groups.

Music Extension

Music Extension is a QSA subject designed to cater for students with specific abilities in Music and contributes to a student's Overall position Score.  It is an extension of the Senior Music course and offers the chance to specialize in Performance, Composition or Musicology.  Music Extension is more challenging than the Senior Music course and is designed to provide students with demonstrated expertise in their chosen specialty the opportunity to develop their musical abilities further.  It is offered only to YEAR 12 students who study the parent QSA Music course. YEAR 11 Music is a pre-requisite for students wishing to take the YEAR 12 Music Extension Course.  In YEAR 12 students retain English/Maths/Music and pick up Extension, therefore dropping one elective.