Creative & Performing Arts

Overview

The Creative and Performing Arts Department at Mount St Benedict College is made up of the subject areas: Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and VET Entertainment Industry Framework. The department is an integral part of the College community, providing students with opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities both in and out of the classroom.

Students at the College are able to explore and foster their talents through the diverse activities offered. Through their involvement, students are able to develop their self-expression and self-confidence.

The Creative and Performing Arts Department is made up of a dedicated and talented staff who willingly shares their expertise in guiding students to reach their goals. They regularly showcase the students work through events such as masses, liturgies, showcase evenings, assemblies, performance and exhibitions.

DANCE

Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding. Students learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances, and analyse dance as works of art.

To further promote Dance within the College students have an opportunity to participate and exhibit dance repertoire through performances in Opening Mass, Liturgies, Open Day Exhibitions and Principal Address, Assemblies, Award Ceremonies, Social Justice and Reconciliation Week, the annual Dance Major Works Evening for HSC Candidates and the CAPA Department Evening that allows students to showcase an array of abilities from numerous genres and styles.

Each year the NSW Department of Education and Training presents Callback, a selection of exemplary performances and projects from Higher School Dance students. Mount St Benedict has been honored by seven individual nominations including Core Performance, Core Composition and Major Study Performance as part of their Board of Studies practical examinations. The HSC Dance candidates on the honor roll are:

  • 2014 - Keira McEntee - Core Performance and Major Study Performance
  • 2012 - Alicia Gardoni -  Core Performance and Major Study Performance
  • 2012 - Jessika Fisher - Core Performance
  • 2012 - Madeleine Silsby ¬- Core Performance, Core Composition and Major Study Performance
  • 2011 - Emma Martin - Major Study Performance

DRAMA

Students may choose Drama as an elective in Years 9 to 12 and have the opportunity to showcase their talents throughout the year.

MUSIC

Students have the opportunity to explore and develop their musical talents in the mandatory course in Years 7 and 8 and can pursue it as an elective in Years 9 to 12. In addition students may participate in a range of co-curricular music activities: 

  • College Choir
  • MSB Concert Band
  • Rock Band
  • Orchestra
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Flute Choir
  • String Ensemble
  • Middle Years Wind Ensemble

VISUAL ARTS

Students at Mount St Benedict engage with Visual Arts in the mandatory course in Years 7 and 8 and can pursue it as an elective from Year 9 to Year 12. Visual Arts provides the students with opportunities to explore both traditional approaches, such as drawing and painting to the newer technologies such as digital photography and film. Practical components are matched with Critical and Historical Studies so that students gain an understanding of artist’s practice.

Students in both the mandatory and elective classes experience art with excursions to the Art Galley of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the popular ‘Sculpture by the Sea’. Such experiences help students reinforce artist’s practice and operating within the context of the art world. Elective Visual Arts students can participate in a yearly Creative and Performing Arts Evening by having their artworks selected to be exhibited. This provides an opportunity to experience having an audience for their artworks.

Each year the NSW Department of Education and Training presents ArtExpress, a selection of exemplary major works from Higher School Visual Arts students. The HSC Visual Arts candidates on the honor roll are:

  • 2014 - Kirsty Smith - Nomination and Selection
  • 2014 - Ellen Schiffler -  Nomination
 

VET – Entertainment Industry Framework


This is an opportunity for students to obtain vocational qualifications for employment in the entertainment industry. Students gain skills in many areas including staging and using audio, lighting and vision systems. These students assist in many College events such as liturgies, assemblies and performances.

top