Curricular Performing and Creative Art

“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)
  • Drama
  • Music 1
  • Music 2
  • Music Extension (Year12)
  • Visual Arts

Dance (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
Seasonal Celebratory Concerts

Senior School

Senior Creative Arts Night

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

Senior Music Festival

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, make-up, sound and lighting.

Junior School

  • Junior School Production (Selfish Giant) 2016

Senior School

  • Major Production (Guys and Dolls) 2017
  • Senior Play (Taming of the Shrew) 2016


Pittwater House prides itself of showcasing creative arts 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
  • School Foundation Day Event
  • Mothers’ Day Lunch
  • Easter Parades
  • School Assemblies
  • Prize Giving

Junior School

  • Junior School Production (Selfish Giant) 2016

Senior School

  • Major Production (Guys and Dolls) 2017
  • Senior Play (Taming of the Shrew) 2016

Co-curricular Music

Throughout our research we have found that in addition to the intrinsic value of learning music, music education can have 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 (K – 3)
  • Junior Band (3 – 6)
  • Cantabile Singers (2 & 3)
  • Chamber Choir (4, 5 & 6)

Senior School

  • Symphonic Winds (
  • Big Band
  • Senior Choir

Combined School

  • String Ensemble (3 – 12)
  • Wind Band (6 – 10)

Seasonal Ensembles

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

Dance Ensembles

All students have an opportunity to audition for our large eisteddfod dance program. All the perform and compete at eisteddfods and other events. As these are representative groups, places are limited for student’s safety and due to eisteddfod restrictions. Auditions are usually held in Term 3.

Junior School

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

Senior School

  • Stage 4 Dance Ensemble (7 & 8)
  • Senior Lyrical/Contemporary (8-12)


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 Ensemble (3 – 6)

Student must be a member of Stage 2 or Stage 3

Senior School

  • Senior Jazz Ensemble (9-12)

Student must be a member of the Senior Lyrical/Contemporary

“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