Performing Arts

As a school that values and nurtures the individual talents of our students, St Columba is proud to be a place where the creative arts are encouraged and cherished. The Performing Arts faculty consists of three primary areas: Dance, Drama and Music. The standard of achievement for students in these subjects continues to be of a very high standard, and our reputation as a centre of excellence in the Performing Arts is well deserved. A student-centred focus allows for gifted students to excel and grow through a variety of learning experiences, and to develop their talents to reach their potential. SCAS also offers an active and substantial Co-Curricular Program in Performing Arts.


St Columba is one of the few schools on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales to offer dedicated dance classes, with a purpose-built dance studio and in-school dance teachers. Dance is offered as an Elective Subject for Years 8 to 12 is is based on the study of dance as an artform. Its framework ensures an all-round dance education in Performance, Composition and Appreciation. The aim of the Dance syllabus is to develop in students the ability to express themselves through dance; compose, perform and choreograph in dance; develop skills and techniques of dance with an understanding of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology; appreciate dance as a performing art; understand and accept a variety of dance styles; obtain knowledge of dance in an historical context; promote an understanding of themselves and others by providing opportunities for them to work in cooperative and collaborative contexts. We value and encourage exposure to the wider dance industry through visiting workshops with renowned dance companies and professional artists, excursions and multiple theatrical performance opportunities throughout the year.


Drama at St Columba Anglican School is a consecutive journey from the Primary school through to the Secondary school, building a body of knowledge of the elements of Drama and the theatrical traditions and performance styles of the world. Drama is embedded in the Stage 3 curriculum, is compulsory in Year 8 and elective in years 9 to 12.

The collaborative nature of this artform engages students in a creative process where they can communicate in complex and powerful ways how they perceive the world. Learning experiences in Drama engage the whole person.

Drama at St Columba Anglican School aims not only to develop self-confidence and motivation but by studying this major art form, academically students acquire skills in interpretation, communication, performance and critical analysis. The course draws on current contemporary drama and theatre practice in devising, workshopping, rehearsing, performing and critically studying individual and collaborative works. These practices are active, experiential, critical and reflective. Exposure to professional theatre and involvement in amatuer and student theatre is actively encouraged. Throughout the year there are many opportunities to attend high quality professional productions and workshops as well as multiple opportunities to perform for a public audience.


Students study the NSW Board of Studies music courses through a range of different classroom opportunities.  All students are required to undertake individual study of an instrument(s)/voice as part of these courses.

In Years 9 and 10, the students can study either 'Music Advanced' or ‘Contemporary Music’, depending upon their level of musical background, interest and experience with various styles. In Years 11 and 12, the students can study either Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension. Music 1 is a course that caters for students with a more contemporary interest and background, as well as those who have a more general interest in an instrument and who wishes to study music for the HSC. Accomplished contemporary musicians can also study Music 2 and Music Extension. These more advanced Music courses are designed for students to study a programme which explores various musical periods while allowing the students to take an extension component of Performance, Composition or Musicology, as an additional 50 marks, above their core 100 marks in their normal classes.Classes are normally divided into Practical Performance, Composition, Aural/Musicology. Music Technology (incorporated into both Composition and Aural & Musicology as required).