Performing and Creative Arts

“Study in the Creative Arts Subjects Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts provides students not only with strong discipline based knowledge but with the fundamental skills, creative expertise and learning mindset recognised as essential capabilities for the 21st century.”

NESA Creative Arts Inspector, Rosemary Gorman, 4 August 2017

Pittwater House offers many opportunities in the Performing and Creative Arts. All students from ECC to Year 12 are exposed to all aspects of the performing and creative arts.

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1

Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2

  • Music (Specialists)
  • Dance(Specialists)

Stage 4

Year 7 and Year 8

  • Music (Mandatory)
  • Visual Arts (Mandatory)
  • Dance (Elective)
  • Drama (Elective)

Stage 2

Year 3 and Year 4

  • Music (Specialists)
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • Dance (Specialists)
  • Visual Arts (Specialists)

Stage 5

Year 9 and Year 10

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Visual Arts

Stage 3

Year 5 and Year 6

  • Music (Specialists)
  • Dance (Specialists)
  • Visual Arts (Specialists)
  • Drama (Specialists)

Stage 6

Year 11 and Year 12

  • Dance (Accelerated Year 10 and Year 11)
  • Drama
  • Music 1
  • Music 2
  • Music Extension (Year 12)
  • Visual Arts

Dance (Stage 5 and Stage 6 - Accelerated)

Year 9 (Stage 5)
Year 10 (Preliminary)
Year 11 (HSC)

Throughout the year the students at Pittwater House have numerous opportunities to perform and display their artistic works.

Junior School

Junior Creative Arts Night

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Co-Curricular Ensembles

Junior Music Festival

  • Music

Senior School

Senior Creative Arts Night

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Co-Curricular Ensembles

Senior Music Festival

  • Music

Junior and Senior School

Eisteddfods

  • Dance
  • Choir
  • Band
  • Strings

Higher School Certificate

HSC Performance Night

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music

HSC Showcase Night

  • Visual Arts

Co-curricular Performing and Creative Arts

At Pittwater House we have a rich and holistic approach to the Performing and Creative Arts. Our school productions embody this philosophy. In alternate years Major Production and Senior Plays are a major event where students come together to produce a high-quality production. In these productions we give opportunities for students to dance, sing, act, play in the orchestra, build and design sets, do make-up, sound and lighting.

Junior School

  • Junior School Production (Selfish Giant) 2016

Senior School

  • Major Production (Footloose) 2019
  • Senior Play (The Whale) 2018
  • Major Production (Guys and Dolls) 2017
  • Senior Play (Taming of the Shrew) 2016

Co-curricular Music

We have found that in addition to the intrinsic value of learning music, music education has many other benefits for students, including:

  • enhanced student engagement and wellbeing
  • increased personal and social development
  • contributing to learning in other subject areas

We offer many ensembles at Pittwater House.

Junior School

  • Junior Strings (Kindergarten – Year 3)
  • Concert Band (Years 3 – 6)
  • Cantabile Singers (Years 2 & 3)
  • Chamber Choir (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Senior School

  • Symphonic Winds
  • Fusion Band
  • Show Choir

Combined School

  • String Ensemble (Years 3 – 12)
  • Performance Band (Years 6 – 10)

Seasonal Ensembles

  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Bass Guitar Ensemble
  • Ukulele Ensemble
  • Orchestra

Pittwater House prides itself on having Music and Creative Arts performances at all events throughout the school year. Notable events in the school calendar that encompass the students’ talents are:

  • Annual Christmas Carol night and other Christmas Events
  • House Dinners
  • ANZAC Day Services – school and community based
  • Remembrance Day – school and community based
  • Pittwater House Foundation Day Event
  • Mothers’ Day Lunch
  • Easter Parades
  • School Assemblies
  • Valedictory (Year 12 Graduation Assembly)
  • Prize Giving
  • Prefect Induction

Dance Ensembles

All students have an opportunity to audition for our large eisteddfod dance program. All the groups have limited places due to the restrictions enforced by the external eisteddfod. Therefor all ensembles require an audition.

Junior School

  • Stage 1 Eisteddfod Dance (Years 1 & 2)
  • Stage 2 Eisteddfod Dance (Years 3 & 4)
  • Stage 3 Eisteddfod Dance (Years 5 & 6)

Senior School

  • Stage 4 Eisteddfod Dance
  • Senior Contemporary

Due to the growth within the school and popularity of the Eisteddfod Dance program we have introduced two invitational ensembles. These have been designed to extend the students in dance and give students a chance to develop their own choreography.

Junior School

  • Junior Lyrical (Years 3 – 6)

Student must be a member of Stage 2 or Stage 3

Senior School

  • Senior Jazz

Student must be a member of Stage 4 or Senior Lyrical

“The Creative Arts courses are designed for all students, regardless of their previous exposure to the art. If you have been studying a Musical Instrument, Voice, Dance, Drama or Visual Arts all your life OR you started later OR even if you just have a passion for it, you should consider the direct VALUE that it will have on your future. Many of the Creative Arts staff at Pittwater House are current HSC markers and have a wealth of knowledge and skill to develop students regardless of their previous exposure to the subject. So be courageous, brave, daring, bold, gutsy, spirited, adventurous, and valiant choose to study the Creative Arts and reap the rewards.”

Co-ordinator of the Creative Arts, David Cosentino