Study in the Creative Arts provides students with strong discipline-based knowledge and the fundamental skills, creative expertise, learning mindset and critical capabilities for the future world of work. Creative Arts students experience and develop the complex skills required to create and test ideas, generate creative works with confidence, shape inquiry and critically evaluate and reflect on what they do. Study in the Creative Arts prepares students to be significant producers and informed consumers of culture.

The Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus provides information about teaching and learning visual arts, music, drama and dance. The syllabus provides opportunities for students to learn to work with and learn about these art forms, as well as develop knowledge, skills and understanding and their development of values about the art forms.


  • That the students engage in learning experiences in visual arts, music, drama and dance as part of their natural growth and development
  • That the students have regular learning experiences that are planned and sequenced for developing students’ skills and knowledge within the art forms
  • To assist students in their lifelong learning in the visual arts, music, drama and dance
  • To provide opportunities to respect the views of various social and cultural groups, people with different religions and belief systems, and people with disabilities
  • That the students value the different perspectives of females and males


  • Class teachers follow the NSW syllabus for Creative Arts for planning, teaching and assessing units of work
  • Members of the ASPIRE team assist with the teaching of Drama, Vocal and Dance each year. The ASPIRE program includes professional development and coaching of students throughout the year
  • Parents are invited and welcome to assist with group work and specialised activities
  • Students are encouraged to audition for the Diocesan ASPIRE production held each year – children can audition in vocal, drama and dance
  • Students join like- minded students from across the Manning Region for a two-day workshop at St Clare’s High School in Taree, facilitated by ASPIRE directors from Newcastle and CAPA teachers from St Clare’s
  • St Joseph’s prepares and performs a bi-annual musical, focusing on the musical, dance and artistic talents of all students K-6.
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