The Arts


At Calwell High School all students have the opportunity to study in the Arts. The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students. Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts are investigated through a large and varied selection of courses and electives. Our team of highly qualified and dedicated teachers have experience in all aspects of the Arts. We ultimately endeavour to contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals and provide pathways through high school for students who wish to enrich their learning through the development of arts ideas, skills and processes and creative and critical thinking.

Year 7

Currently Year 7 students rotate through the range of Art subjects in term-long units. These subjects are Visual Arts, Music, Media, and Drama. They are banked together over the semester with Arts or Design and Technology courses. During these courses students are involved the in hands on creation of their own projects and performances. They are designed to give students an introduction to the subject and to allow for further exploration of topics in year 8. Dance is a popular Year 7 course. It is aligned with PE as a choice for physical activity. This provides students a pathway in Dance from Year 7 to Year 10. We offer specialised boys and girls dance programs.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 access their Arts electives though a term course. These subjects are semester units which aim to build upon their learning from the Year 7 introductory courses. The units include Boys and Girls Dance, Drama, 3D Arts, Music. Students have the opportunity to create increasingly complex works and courses build on skills developed in Year 7. Students discover progressively complex content, skills, techniques and processes.

Arts Opportunities

Throughout the year, the Arts program provides opportunities for students to participate in a range of activities. These include: Limelight film and Art Festival, IYM Dance Program- Zumba and Hip Hop; Ausdance Youth Dance Festival; Band Festival; Step Into the Limelight; Excursions; Dance Competitions; National Museum Theatre Festival; Arts Benefit- Semester 1; and Arts Extravaganza- Semester 2.

Year 9/10 Elective Program - Arts

The senior elective program is broad and varied to accommodate student interests. The courses on offer include:

Visual Arts

Art Fundamentals
Painting Drawing
Sculpture and Public Art
Artist Books
Graphic Design
Contemporary Art


Film Music
Music and the Media
Music Performance
Rock and Pop Music
Australian Music
Music Industry


Film and TV studies
Digital Narratives
Media and Society


Exploring Improvisation
Theatre for Young People
Acting for Stage and Screen
Realism and Beyond


Dance Ensemble 1-4
Choreographic Workshop
Choreography and Technique

Cross-CurricularFilmmaking (Drama/Media)
Technical Theatre (Art/Drama/Dance/Media/Music)
Graphic Design (Art/Media)
Photography 1-2 (Art/Media)


Dance Program

Calwell Dance Program Images

Dance Information for Students

Requirements for Dance Classes

Dance students are required to arrive to classes wearing appropriate clothing and prepared to dance for all practical lessons.

Appropriate clothing for dance:

School polo shirt
Tracksuit pants or leggings
Light weight sneakers, dance shoes or bare feet as required
Clothing not suitable for dance:

Jeans or denim shorts
Tight, non-stretch pants of any kind
Sleeveless t-shirts
Dress shoes, ballet flat style shoes

Safe Dance

Calwell High School follows safe dance practices at all times. Safe dance practices prepare the body for dance and focus on injury prevention.

The school provides trained dance teachers and dance rooms with appropriate flooring. Students are required to complete safe dance courses and must at all times comply with teacher instructions regarding safe dance practices.

For further information please refer to the Ausdance Website.

Dance Events and Performances

Students of dance have the opportunity to participate in and perform at a variety of events and performance throughout the school year, including:

Ausdance Youth Dance Festival
Battlegrounds Hip Hop Championships
Guest artist performances at BomFunk Dance Studio Concerts
Calwell High School Open Night

Calwell High School Band Program

Calwell offers an exciting band program designed to cater for beginners through to the more advanced. We offer two classes for Year 7 students, Beginner band and Intermediate band. Beginner band is the perfect opportunity for anybody interested in learning the following instruments: flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, bass guitar or percussion. As a year-long course, students are prepared to enter the Intermediate band class in the following year.

Intermediate band class, also a year-long course, welcomes all students who have played a concert band instrument during Years 5 and 6. Intermediate band is comprised of students in Years 7 and 8 and performs regularly at eisteddfods and community engagements, as well as attending workshops and performances. The class provides an important opportunity for students to discover just how far they can extend themselves as musicians while working in a team setting.

As of 2013, Calwell High School offers an additional program for our band students. Valley Schools Band is a combined schools band for students of the Tuggeranong Valley in Years 7 – 12 and their teachers. Rehearsing on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:00, it provides an extension program that has not previously been available within the Valley. Entry is through teacher recommendation.