CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Aquinas Catholic College offers students the subjects of Music, Visual Arts and Drama. Within each of these subjects, there are many opportunities provided for students to showcase their talents, whether in Music and Drama performances, the annual Aquinas Day Talent Quest, or in Visual Arts exhibitions and community murals and paintings.
Students also have the opportunity to perform in festivals and concerts organised by CaSPA (Catholic Schools Performing Arts Association) as music and/or drama students and/or film students.
Developing students confidence within CAPA at Aquinas Catholic College is an important focus.
In Music, ensembles revolve around students interests and instruments, and include the Vocal Ensemble, rock groups, the Instrumental Ensemble and class-based groups. The opportunities for performance include the annual Music Night, official College events, Year group assemblies and concerts as well as Masses.
Music is mandatory in Years 7 and 8, and becomes an elective in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
The Music block contains 2 large classrooms, 3 storage areas and 5 specialist practice rooms for elective students.
Drama is offered as an elective in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 and all students in these classes perform at their respective Drama Nights. Students also have the opportunity to perform at Year group assemblies and concerts as well as official College events.
The Drama room is a large venue, with a stage, lighting, control room and sound system.
Visual Arts is mandatory in Years 7 and 8, and becomes an elective in Years 9, 10 11 and 12.
All students have the opportunity to display their works as outlined below and elective classes have been offered the opportunity to paint murals in the community, including at Menai Central and a local nursing home. In addition, there is also an ‘Art Club’, which operates one lunchtime per week and is open to any student in any year group.
The Visual Arts block consists of 4 large inter-connected rooms, one of which is used solely by senior students.
MUSIC: YEARS 7 and 8
Music is mandatory in Years 7 & 8.
Students learn to read music and learn to play the keyboard. Later in Year 8, students then learn some simple guitar chords and basic drum beats. If students learn an instrument outside of school, they are encouraged to perform for their music class, year group and eventually for official College events. They also listen to a wide variety of music, ranging from ‘classical’ to 12 Bar Blues to contemporary. In this listening, they learn about the concepts of music, as outlined in the BOSTES syllabus.
MUSIC: YEARS 9 and 10
Music is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10.
Students perform all practical assessment tasks on their chosen performing media (instrument/vocals). They also engage in composition activities using the program ‘Sibelius’ and listen to and analyse music from a variety of genres.
All elective students have the opportunity to perform at the annual Music Night, official College events, the Aquinas Day Talent Quest and smaller assemblies.
MUSIC: YEARS 11 and 12
Senior Music at Aquinas Catholic College offers exciting performance opportunities with a focus on developing students performance skills, confidence and composition skills.
The HSC course provides the opportunity for students to specialise in their area of interest, such as performance, composition or musicology viva voces, as well as in the genres and performing media of their choice.
The Year 11 course provides students with a variety of music experiences, enabling students to make confident and informed choices for their areas of specialisation in the HSC course.
Senior students are given many opportunities to perform, including the annual Music Night, official College events, the Aquinas Day Talent Quest, Masses and smaller assemblies.
Students in Years 11 and 12 also engage in listening to and analysing a wide variety of music, using the concepts of music as outlined in the BOSTES syllabus.
A number of HSC Music students from Aquinas Catholic College have been nominated over the years for the prestigious ‘Encore’ HSC Showcase – a concert of exceptional HSC performances.
DRAMA: YEARS 9 and 10
Drama is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10.
Throughout the course, students actively engage in the study of a variety of practitioners. The performance styles/teachniques include:
Students showcase their dramatic skills at the Year 9 and 10 Drama Night, assemblies and also at the Easter Liturgy.
Students recount and reflect on their experiences in Drama, composing logbook entries that build their appreciation of the performance and rehearsal process.
DRAMA: YEARS 11 AND 12
Senior Drama at Aquinas Catholic College offers exciting performance opportunities with a focus on developing confidence, creativity, critical thinking and skills in collaboration.
The Year 11 course builds the foundation for the HSC course, with units on Playbuilding, Theatre Traditions and Elements of Production. In the Elements of Production unit, students rehearse for a production of a play whilst they learn about the various behind-the-scenes and design roles. This experience is invaluable for fostering a sense of ensemble within the Drama class and gives students an understanding of the commitment and hard work that goes into putting on a play.
The highlight of the Year 12 Drama course is working towards the Individual Project and Group Performances which are performed for the College community at the HSC Drama Showcase evening. In the Year 12 Drama course students also study two theory units; Contemporary Australian Theatre and Verbatim Theatre. As part of these units, students study four plays and work towards devising their own verbatim play. Each year, senior students have the opportunity to attend OnStage to see exemplar HSC Performances, and where possible, productions of any plays they are studying.
In 2015, one student’s Individual Performance ‘Room to Let’ was selected for the 2016 Offstage Drama Program; a showcase of exceptional HSC Performances.
VISUAL ARTS: YEARS 7 and 8
Visual Arts is mandatory in Years 7 and 8.
This course is designed to give all students a rich and varied experience of the Visual Arts. Students engage in a range of artmaking activities including drawing, painting, ceramics and printmaking. Investigations into art theory take students beyond the artwork and explore the role art historians and art critics play within the artworld.
VISUAL ARTS: YEARS 9 and 10
Visual Arts is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10.
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper, more student-centered experience of the Visual Arts. Students engage in a range of artmaking activities including drawing, painting, ceramics and printmaking, with the aim to further develop practical skills and conceptual strength. Students are encouraged to work with developing autonomy, exploring media choice and subject matter individually. Some of the topics include ‘Surreal Still Life’, the ‘Aquinas Archibald Prize’ and ‘Social Issues’.
VISUAL ARTS: YEARS 11 and 12
Senior Visual Arts at Aquinas Catholic College is designed to enable students to gain increasing autonomy over their artmaking practice, culminating in the production of a ‘Body of Work’.
Students engage in a range of artmaking activities including drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking, textiles and fibre, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics and/or time-based forms.
The Year 11 course provides students with a variety of artmaking experiences, enabling students to make confident and informed choices for their own artmaking in the HSC course.
Students investigate the field of art history and art criticism through a series of detailed case studies designed to complement an extend their practical knowledge.
Yr 12 students artworks from Aquinas Catholic College are regularly exhibited at the annual HSC
‘Art Rules’ exhibition at Hazlehurst Gallery, and also at the Clancy Art Prize at the Australian Catholic University.
In 2018 Aquinas Catholic College is undertaking a new student information system called Compass.
Aquinas Catholic College Menai is a co-educational, Years 7-12, Catholic High school, established in 1993. The present accommodation includes the Administration Building, College library, general classrooms and the full range of specialist rooms.
College Dux Jimmy Arfanis
HSC subjects above state average
Band 6's / E4's
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