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Creative and Performing Arts / Technological and Applied Studies

In creative and performing arts (CAPA),  students discover a variety of art form through a study of  music and visual arts.

Studying the creative arts, students learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform. Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.

Students must study 100 hours of both music and visual arts during years 7 to 10.

Students also have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in other art forms through elective subjects.

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in year 7 and year 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

 In TAS, students use a range of tools, materials and techniques in the design process and technological experiences through theory and practical lessons.

As well as the mandatory study of technology, students can select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to design and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
  • an option for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.


Head Teacher (acting)

  • Nicole Koch 


  • Mark Priora ( relieving head teacher one day per week )
  • Jason Jumonong
  • Lawrence Del Prado 
  • Andrew Koch

Faculty teaching aims:

  • Engage and challenge all students to maximise their understanding of  technology mandatory, music, art and electives across stage five  in TAS and CAPA.
  • Offer meaningful learning experiences across the faculty, including project based learning, future focused learning and incorporating twenty first century learning.
  • Prepare all students for effective and responsible participation in their society, taking  account of moral and ethical considerations when studying across the subjects.
  • Encourage and enable all students to enjoy learning and to be self-motivated, reflective, competent learners who will be able to take part in further study, work or training.

Subjects taught by faculty:

  • Stage four: technology mandatory, visual arts and music.
  • Stage five: food technology, industrial technology- timber,industrial technology- metal, industrial technology- electronics, information software technology, child studies, agriculture, music, visual arts,  photographic and digital media.

Faculty achievements:

  • Stage five technology and applied studies and creative arts and performing arts showcase.
  • Stage four and five Dunstock concert.
  • Practical rooms containing up to date technology which are used to effectively highlight the learning focus for every practical project or task. 3D printers and Lego robots to enable students to be successful learners by using creative and critical thinking. 
  • CAPA performance space.


OnGuard safety is an online program for students to develop an understanding of tools and equipment and how to operate them safely. To comply with work health and safety guidelines, each student needs to complete modules before the commencement of practical work. These modules can be done as part of a student's homework routine.


Board of Studies website.