Performing Arts at Kolbe
“Performing Arts has helped me build confidence in expressing myself. It has enabled me to be a part of the school production, which was AMAZING!”
The performing arts are deeply interwoven into the culture at Kolbe. Not only do we provide dynamic performance and exhibition opportunities for our students, but we also enable them to develop transferable life skills, such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Through the performing arts, we immerse our students in a creative and inspiring environment so that they can add to the vibrancy of our community with their gifts and talents.
The College promotes and develops excellence across a variety of performing arts. Kolbe students can choose from a range of courses, as well as co-curricular and extracurricular activities in the areas of dance, music and drama. Our highly skilled staff work with students in outstanding performance and teaching facilities, providing them with the opportunity to follow their artistic ambitions. Our Performing Arts Hub includes a central staged theatre with retractable seating, an additional black box theatre, a dedicated dance studio, a music studio with a state-of-the-art control room, and five individual music peripatetic tuition rooms. In this creative and supportive environment, students pursue artistic excellence, both on and off the stage.
Every year, students have the opportunity to be part of various workshops, rehearsal processes, public performances, productions and competitions at Kolbe and beyond. Examples include:
Students receive the following dance opportunities within the classroom:
- development of artistic and physical abilities;
- development of fine and gross motor skills, coordination and creativity;
- developing dance and choreography skills;
- learning a variety of dance genres, including jazz, street and hip-hop;
- working in partnership with students from Malibu School and children from Rockingham Early Learning and Child Care Centre, students perform to a range of audiences.
Students can choose to participate in the following co-curricular and extracurricular dance opportunities:
- Dance Company for dancers who train regularly outside of school;
- Year 7 Liturgical Dance Company;
- Senior Liturgical Dance Company;
- airtrack acro sessions;
- workshops by industry dancers and choreographers, etc.
Senior students have the option of participating in the Specialist Dance Program in which they will:
- develop choreography skills and apply them to specialist groups in school and with local primary schools;
- participate in industry classes to extend skills and technique;
- connect with international choreographers for feedback on their work, choreography and style;
- investigate physical fitness activities related to dance, such as Pilates;
- visit a studio and take classes.
Find out more about Kolbe’s Specialist Dance Program.
Senior students who undertake the Certificate III in Dance will participate in exciting and authentic projects. The course is:
- a two-year certificate course;
- aimed at students who wish to further develop existing dance skills and knowledge;
- suitable for those who wish to develop their dance skills, and perhaps seek employment in the dance industry or be accepted into full time training;
- delivered in partnership with the nationally recognised training organisation, Australian Teachers of Dancing (RTO #31624);
- a highly practical course that allows dancers to experience all different genres of dance.
Find out more about the Certificate III in Dance.
Students receive the following music opportunities within the classroom:
- music education, instrumental and vocal studies;
- practical group activities that encourage musical expression;
- singing, playing, creating and recording songs;
- learning the elements of music through performing;
- using technology as an instrument.
Students can choose to participate in the following co-curricular and extracurricular music opportunities:
- rock band
- recording/songwriting band
- big band
- contemporary bands
- senior vocal group
- private instrument tutoring (Music Tuition Program)
Kolbe Catholic College has a music scholarship program with scholarships available each year for students starting in Year 7. The program runs outside of normal class timetables, before or after school, from Year 7 to Year 9.
To be eligible for a music scholarship, students must:
- have the ability to play at least one musical instrument (or voice);
- commit to attending weekly theory, band, and tutor-led group and/or solo lessons.
Find out more about Kolbe’s Music Scholarship Program.
Senior students have the option of participating in the Specialist Music Program in which they will:
- connect with a music mentor working in the industry to develop skills in a chosen area;
- gain experience both producing and recording in a recording studio;
- make powerful real world connections with external providers;
- learn how to write songs;
- develop skills in marketing and event planning for live music events.
Find out more about Kolbe’s Specialist Music Program.
Senior students who undertake the Certificate III in Music will perform at a high level on their chosen instrument or voice, both individually and within groups, completing 11 units of competency throughout the course. The course is:
- a two-year certificate course that requires admission by application;
- aimed at students who wish to further develop existing music skills and knowledge;
- focused on developing skills relevant to a range of music-related occupations, including composition, music literacy, and live sound and recording;
- delivered in partnership with the registered training organisation COSAMP (RTO #41549).
Find out more about the Certificate III in Music.
Students receive the following drama opportunities within the classroom:
- development of creative abilities;
- development of a range of dramatic skills, including stagecraft, characterisation, use of voice, differing performance styles, etc.;
- contemporary theatre, musical theatre, puppetry, improvisation, acting for film;
- backstage work, lighting, set design and costuming.
Students can choose to participate in the following co-curricular and extracurricular drama opportunities:
- Theatre Company;
- Drama for Fun;
- workshops with external companies.
Senior students who undertake the Certificate II in Creative Industries (Drama) will participate in exciting and authentic projects. The course is:
- a two-year certificate course;
- aimed at students who wish to further develop their skills onstage and behind the scenes;
- suitable for students who wish to develop creative industry skills, and perhaps pursue a career in the theatre industry or pursue further study;
- delivered through the nationally recognised training organisation, Australian Teachers of Dancing (RTO #31624)
- a highly practical course that covers both onstage and design roles, giving students a well-rounded understanding of the theatre industry;
Find out more about the Certificate II in Creative Industries (Drama)