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Hunter School of the Performing Arts

Hunter School of the Performing Arts


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Curriculum Overview

Our teachers are experts in delivering quality learning experiences in the classroom and understanding the creative nature and performing arts passions and needs of our students.

We deliver all mandatory NSW courses and a wide range of elective courses. In addition, our students:

  • study more performing arts subjects in Y7 and Y8 than other schools
  • have a much greater choice of performing arts electives in Y8 to Y10
  • can gain national vocational qualifications with a performing arts industry focus in Y9 to Y12
  • study their auditioned area for Y7 to Y10 with the expectation that this continues into Y11 and Y12
  • have many opportunties to extend their performing arts skills through an outstanding co-curriculum program eg. award-winning and highly acclaimed dance, drama and music ensembles, musicals, tours, camps, workshops, private music lessons, local/state productions
  • experience school life with like-minded students

Project Based Learning

All electives in Y8, Y9 and Y10 'Z' elective course are 'project-based'.

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

We provide real-world opportunities for our students to develop the necessary employability and personal skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.

We ensure that our curriculum remains current, creative and responds to the changing needs of our students and their future employers.

We also want to decrease the number of assessments for our students and also provide meaningful time for creativity, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and innovation.

Students are assessed against demonstrated evidence in one or more of the General Capabilities, also known as 21st century skills.