Creative and Performing Arts

Music

The Music Department at Parramatta Marist is a dynamic part of the Creative Arts faculty at the College. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities comprising of a spacious main sonic arts room as well as a sound proof studio. It readily integrates Information Technology in the syllabus through modern hardware and the music software package called Sibelius as well as many other software packages available to students.

The mandatory Years 7 and 8 Music classes allow students to learn basic skills in a range of genres and styles. In Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) allow students to build upon the content covered in the junior course in terms of instruments and genres. It also encourages proficiency in the core areas of Listening, Composing and Performing.

Students may study a variety of instruments as part of their on-going musical development with many co curricular groups to develop and foster talent. Some of these co curricular groups include: The School Band, Vocal Ensemble and Guitar Groups. Students may also partake in specialist orchestral musical instrument sessions in a small group environment where individual professional guidance can be given.

Students at our School also have performance opportunities throughout the year, such as College Assemblies, Liturgies, Open Day, the annual Creative Arts Night and many more.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts empowers students to engage in visual forms of communication. The subject of Visual Arts serves to facilitate an interpretation and organisation of such information.
Visual Arts has a significant role within the curriculum through providing learning opportunities designed to encourage students to understand the visual arts.

The Visual Arts places great value on the development of students' intellectual and practical autonomy, reflective action, critical judgement and understanding of art in art making and in critical and historical studies of art. Visual Arts plays an important role in the social, cultural and spiritual lives of students. It offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their own interests, to be self-motivated and active learners who can take responsibility for and continue their own learning in school and post-school settings.

Visual Arts fosters interest and enjoyment in the making and studying of art. Visual Arts builds understanding of the role of art, in all forms of media, in contemporary and historical cultures and visual worlds. Through effective teaching and learning, students' knowledge of the visual arts can become increasingly complex, more reflective and authoritative over time.

The Visual Arts encourages the creative and confident use of technologies including traditional and contemporary art forms and emerging applications in Information and Communication Technologies and digital media.

The content of Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to investigate the field of visual arts in complex and rich ways. Such a focus also offers practical and theoretical insights into some of the post-schooling opportunities available to students, in tertiary, vocational and world of work settings.

The conceptual framework proposes ways to understand and investigate relations between and amongst the agencies of the artist - artwork - world - audience. These functions or agencies when considered in the light of the structural, subjective, postmodern and cultural frames generate content for making and studying artworks.

The syllabus identifies the structural, subjective, postmodern and cultural frames as a basis for understanding the visual arts. Each frame represents a different assumption about the visual arts and provides the grounds for addressing questions related to artistic meaning and value. The frames offer a basis for practical choice and alternative grounds for investigating ideas in art. Each frame provides alternative ways to examine and explore the world as content and its artistic and aesthetic representation. The frames are not intended to be exhaustive nor final but are redefined and unfold over time.

Drama

Drama empowers students to engage in performance and builds the students communication skills. The subject of Drama serves to facilitate an interpretation and organisation of performance.

The dramatic arts places great value on the development of students' intellectual and practical autonomy, reflective action, critical judgement and understanding of performance in a critical and historical context. Drama plays an important role in expressing the social, cultural and spiritual lives of students. It offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their own interests, to be self-motivated and active learners who can take responsibility for and continue their own learning in school and post-school settings.