The Performing Arts Department at St Francis Xavier College offers opportunities to students from Years 7-12 for the study of Music, Drama, Dance, Theatre Arts and Live Production. Students perform, create and learn about the history and theory of each key learning area. They study electronic music and an instrument of their choice, learn about acting for stage and screen in our theatre and TV studio and dance in different styles.
The well-equipped Performing Arts complex comprises of a theatre with a comprehensive sound and lighting booth, sound studio and multipurpose spaces that give students the opportunity to perform in an authentic environment and become proficient in the use of technical equipment.
As performance is an integral part of our curriculum, Assemblies, Masses, Information Evenings and Special Performance Nights are enriched by the talent and involvement of Music, Dance, Drama and Live Production students. The School Musical, Variety Nights, Dance Ensemble performances, Battle of the Bands, Dance Festival and Drama Nights also showcase the wonderful array of skills developed by our students.
Private music tuition is available on most instruments for those students who wish to further develop their skills.
Various Band Programs (Beginner Band, Concert Band and Funk Band) are available to cater for students of all musical levels. Students in these programs rehearse twice a week.
Students interested in singing can join our Vocal Ensemble which meets twice a week and performs regularly in many community events. A singing teacher is also available for students who wish to further develop their talent.
All students are also invited to take part in the Dance Ensemble which rehearses twice a week and performs alongside our Bands and Vocal Ensemble throughout the year.
Our curriculum is delivered in semester units, allowing for flexibility and individual student’s needs. Classes usually work on a project that is then performed for an audience at the end of the semester.
All students in Year 7 and 8 study Performing Arts (Music, Drama and Movement) for one semester.
In Years 9 and 10, Music, Dance and Drama (which includes acting for screen) is available for either a one or two year program.
Our Senior College offers a wide range of units in Dance, Drama and Music. We also offer Live Production and Services, a VET Course in the technical aspects of theatre and events for students in Year 10,11 and 12. Currently this course is provided “off-line” twice a week.
Please like our Facebook Page, “Performing Arts at SFX”, to keep updated with all that is happening in our department throughout the year.
If you would like more information about Performing Arts at SFX or would like to be a part of the creative team, please contact the Performing Arts Coordinator via email: Hannah.Carey@sfx.act.edu.au.