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A regular opportunity to be involved in the creative and performing arts is an essential element of a holistic education. Drama, Music and Visual Arts are an integral part of the school curriculum, and students at St Leo’s are able to make the creative and performing arts a part of their lives, through participation in many different types of drama, music and visual arts activities.
This year the College performed Disney’s High School Musical (Junior) with 6 performances held in May. We had students from Years 7 to 12 involved in a range of roles.
Drama, Music and Visual Arts classes are offered as part of the curriculum from Years 7 – 12. Students can choose to do Elective Drama, Music and Visual Arts from Year 9, up to and including Year 12. A large number of students have graduated from the College with excellent results in these courses. Many students have continued their studies in these fields and have gone on to have successful careers in performance, visual arts and design.
One of the highlights of the year at St Leo’s is the annual Creative and Performing Arts Showcase of outstanding student work. St Leo’s has a reputation for consistently producing high quality HSC Bodies of Work and Performances. In 2015, three students were nominated from the prestigious ArtExpress and Music Encore (annual showcases of the best HSC work across NSW).
The Music Department offers tuition during school hours for students wishing to learn an instrument.
- Guitar (acoustic, electric and bass)
- Lower brass
- Vocal tuition
The College has an active co-curricular music programme and many musical ensembles, catering for students of all abilities. There are seven performing ensembles including Concert, Stage, Jazz and Symphonic Bands, Choirs, as well as the String and Woodwind Ensemble. The ensembles rehearse in the Music Centre either in the morning before school, or during homeroom and recess.
There are numerous opportunities available for students to display their musical talents through a concert and performance programme. The College hosts several Twilight Concerts throughout the year, allowing parents and friends to enjoy all of the major ensembles on offer at the College. Ensembles also participate in festivals and community events.
In 2015 the College Stage Band won the Intermediate Jazz section of the Sydney Eisteddfod.
Our vocal groups Max 12 and Bel Canto have had great success in 2015. Max 12 placed 3rd in the Sydney Eisteddfod and 2nd in the Ryde Eisteddfod. Bel Canto gained 3rd place in the Ryde Eisteddfod.
The following ensembles welcome new members at any time throughout the year:
CONCERT BAND (Wind and percussion players)
Tuesday at 7.30 am
BEL CANTO (All vocalists)
Thursday at 7.30am
4 SEASONS (string and woodwind players)
Friday during homeroom
Membership in the following ensembles is by audition only:
Wednesday and Friday 7.30 am
Thursday at 7.30am.
Wednesday during homeroom
Wednesday during homeroom
Membership in one or more of the instrumental ensembles involves an annual fee of $120, payable by the end of Term 1.
Instruments are available to members of the instrumental ensembles to hire.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the College’s Drama Club. This allows students to extend and enrich activities which they have completed in the academic Drama course. It also allows students who are not studying Drama as a subject to be involved in Drama and express their creative side.
Students are able to showcase their dramatic skills through Twilight performances, competitions and liturgies throughout the year.
St Leo’s is currently rehearsing for “Disney’s High School Musical” (Junior) with 6 performances scheduled for May 2016. We have students from Years 7 to 12 involved in a range of roles.
Students are able to explore, experiment and master skills in a range of artistic forms such as, drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photomedia, digital media, sculpture, installation and documented forms.
Students have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of art and artists by attending exhibitions such as the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, Art Express and other significant blockbuster exhibitions at Galleries such as the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and smaller contemporary galleries.
Senior students are able to takepart in a three day Art Camp at Bundanon, near Nowra, which is part of Arthur Boyd’s estate. This is a unique opportunity for students to work in a collaborative context, enabling them to immerse themselves in their own artmaking practice, by responding to the surrounding environment, and experience working outdoors as well in a studio environment. The experience enriches student’s abilities and understanding of being an artist as they learn from some of the best artists in Australia.
A highlight of the year is the annual College Creative Arts Showcase displaying a large range of high quality student work. This annual event is not to be missed and draws significant attention within the community.