Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular Activities

The Arts

At St Patrick’s College, Creative Arts plays an important role in both formal and informal curriculum.

‘An education rich in creative arts maximises opportunities for learners to engage with innovative thinkers and leaders and to experience the arts, both as audience members and as artists. Such an education is vital to students’ success as individuals and as members of society, emphasising not only creativity and innovation, but also the values of broad cultural understanding and social harmony that the arts can engender’.

Creative Arts is an academic discipline that ecompases art, craft, design, appreciation, composition, making and performance. The discipline is aimed at fostering interest and enjoyment in the doing, production, performance and consumption of the different mediums of Drama, Dance, Music, Photography and Visual Arts while building an understanding of the role of the Arts in contemporary society.

As well as the formal curriculum, St Patrick’s College offers a variety of co-curricular activities for students who are interested in the Creative Arts, to develop and increase their skills in their chosen area and to provide opportunities for performance and showcasing of their talents.


Visual Arts courses

  • Stage 4 — Mandatory Visual Arts is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8
  • Stage 5 — Elective Visual Arts is offered to students in Years 9 and 10
  • Stage 6 — Visual Arts and Photography is offered to students in Years 11 and 12

The Performing Arts program is designed to enable students to express themselves in a safe and positive medium and exposes students to theatre, dance and music. The subjects are taught in specialist rooms including the Dance Studio, Drama Studio and Music rooms.


Performing Arts courses

  • Stage 4 — Mandatory Music is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8
  • Stage 5 — Elective Music, Dance and Drama is offered to students in Years 9 and 10
  • Stage 6 — Dance, Drama, Music 1 and Music 2 and Music Extension is offered to students in Years 11 and 12

The Performing Arts program is designed to enable students to express themselves in a safe and positive medium and exposes students to theatre, dance and music. The subjects are taught in specialist rooms including the Dance Studio, Drama Studio and Music rooms.


Bands and Ensembles

As well as the formal curriculum, St Patrick’s students offers a variety of co-curricular activities for girls who are interested in learning music and performance.

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Beginner Band

The Beginner Band is for girls thinking about learning an instrument but who may not be ready to commit to private tuition. It provides an opportunity for students to experience different instruments and explore their talents and interests. Beginner band builds a good foundation for group performance and formal study in music.

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Instrumental Ensemble

The College Instrumental Ensemble caters for who have had a year or more experience on an instrument and who wish to develop further skills in performance. This group meets once a week, outside of school hours, and works to develop a varied repertoire throughout the year. The band plays at school assemblies and performance nights wherever possible.

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Instrumental Tuition

Instrumental Tuition is available for students interested in learning to play an instrument. Professional Tutors are engaged by the College to provide this service and tutoring is offered in guitar, keyboard, voice, drums, flute, trumpet and violin. Students are released from class for a private or group half-hour lesson each week (on a rotating roster), providing an excellent opportunity for interested students, particularly those choosing Music as an elective in Stage 5 and Stage 6.


College Dance Ensemble

The College Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for students to explore their interests in contemporary dance outside of the classroom. Rehearsals are undertaken at different times to meet different needs and students in the Dance Ensemble frequently perform in College assemblies, liturgies, productions and musicals.


Macarthur Independent Schools Association (MISA) Dance

Macarthur Independent Schools Association (MISA) Dance is another opportunity available for students who are interested in contemporary dance. This group is formed by an audition process in Term 1 and rehearses once a week during activity time, to prepare a Dance for the Misa competition in Term 2.

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College Choir

The College Choir performs regularly at liturgies, assemblies, eisteddfods and a number of other College and community functions and productions. Students are provided opportunities to perform and gain skills in choral singing and production techniques. The College Choir meets once a week during lunch time and also uses the occasional class time leading up to major performances when necessary.


Performances

A number of performances are held throughout the year to showcase student talents and foster enjoyment and appreciation of the performing arts.


Combined Schools College Musical

The annual Combined Schools College Musical, is produced in conjunction with St Gregory’s College. This combined production has been a successful collaboration between the two Colleges for more than ten years, with each school taking on the hosting and production of a different musical on alternate years. Students from both Colleges audition at the beginning of the year and productions see up to 100 students or more getting involved in either performance, chorus, staging, lighting and sound, costumes and props and so on. Musicals have included ‘Back To The 80’s’, ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘The Wiz’.


Performing Arts Challenge

The Performing Arts Challenge, or ‘PACMAN’ as it is affectionately known, is a house based competition in Term 4 which is based on the performing arts skills of Dance, Drama and Music. House captains organise and rally their house groups to prepare a 20 minute performance of song, dance and story and the winning team receives a trophy on the day. This is a whole-school activity and opportunities are available for all students and staff to get involved in some way. Students are encouraged to be part of their house team on stage and behind the scenes, while a number of staff members have had cameo performance roles over the years, to the delight of the audience.



Polynite

Polynite is a fundraising performance evening to celebrate the various cultures within the St Patrick’s College community. A biennial event, it alternates with the College hosting of the Combined School Musical every second year. Polynite is an evening of dancing, singing, music and food and gives all students the opportunity to engage in their cultural heritage, to display it to the wider community and to explore the culture of others. Polynite has raised over $20,000 for the Good Samaritan Pacific Island Calling group and the students from all cultures enjoy working together to make a difference for those less fortunate than themselves.