“Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
These words are found emblazoned on the walls of the Walt Disney Company headquarters, but they apply just as readily to the classrooms of the Creative & Performing Arts Department.
The Creative and Performing Arts Department at MMCC is made up of the subject areas: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts. The department is an integral part of the College community, providing students with opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities both in and out of the classroom.
Students at the College are able to explore and foster their talents through the diverse activities offered. Through their involvement, students are able to develop their self-expression and self-confidence.
The Creative and Performing Arts Department is made up of a dedicated and talented staff who willingly share their expertise in guiding students to reach their goals. They regularly showcase the students work through events such as masses, liturgies, showcase evenings, assemblies, performance and exhibitions.
DANCE – Mrs Henry
Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding. Students learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances, and analyse dance as works of art.
To further promote Dance within the College, students have an opportunity to participate and exhibit dance repertoire through performances in Opening Mass, Liturgies, Open Day, Assemblies, Award Ceremonies, the annual Dance Major Works Evening for HSC Candidates and various other performance evenings that allows students to showcase an array of abilities from numerous genres and styles.
DRAMA – Mrs Shaw
Students may choose Drama as an elective in Years 9 to 12 and have the opportunity to showcase their talents throughout the year. Students will have the opportunity to perform at College Assemblies, Christmas Liturgies, Awards Ceremonies, Annual HSC Drama Major Works Evening, and various other performance events throughout the year.
As a part of their learning, students view professional theatrical performances from companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company and Company B.
MUSIC – Mrs Penson, Mr Bozzetto, Miss Bugge, Mrs Shaw
Students have the opportunity to explore and develop their musical talents in the mandatory course in Years 7 and 8 and can pursue it as an elective in Years 9 to 12. In addition students may participate in a range of co-curricular music activities:
- College Choir
- Rock Band
- Ukelele Ensemble
- Music Lunchbox
- Allegretto Ensemble
VISUAL ARTS – Ms Newton, Mrs Evans, Ms Veljanovski
Students at MMCC engage with Visual Arts in the mandatory course in Years 7 and 8 and can pursue it as an elective from Year 9 to Year 12. Visual Arts provides the students with opportunities to explore both traditional approaches, such as sculpture, drawing and painting to the newer technologies such as digital photography, photoshop, and film. Practical components are matched with Critical and Historical Studies so that students gain an understanding of artist’s practice.
Students in both the mandatory and elective classes experience art with excursions to the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the popular ‘Sculpture by the Sea’. Such experiences help students reinforce artist’s practice and operating within the context of the art world.