Creative & Performing Arts


The Creative and Performing Arts Department at Mount St Benedict College is made up of the subject areas: Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Visual Design,Photography,Video and Digital Imaging and Entertainment (VET Industry Framework course). 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.


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

Co-curricular Dance is open to all students (by audition) from Years 7 to 11. Professional tutors from some of Australia's leading Dance companies are engaged by our permanent Dance staff to lead these ensembles. All ensembles are run before school.

Styles covered include jazz, lyrical, modern and contemporary. There are many performance opportunities available through participation in these ensembles - eisteddfods, the Independent Dance Festival and a variety of College Events.


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


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.


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


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 / Visual Design / Photography, Video and Digital Imaging 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