Department of Education - Learners First

The Arts


Why do we study Dance?

Dance is expressive movement with purpose and form. Through dance, students represent, question and celebrate human experience, using the body as the instrument and movement as the medium for personal, social, emotional, spiritual and physical communication. Like all art forms, dance has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential.

Dance enables students to develop a movement vocabulary with which to explore and refine imaginative ways of moving individually and collaboratively. Students choreograph, rehearse, perform and respond as they engage with dance practice and practitioners in their own and others’ cultures and communities.

Students use the elements of dance to explore choreography and performance and to practise choreographic, technical and expressive skills. They respond to their own and others’ dances using physical and verbal communication.

Active participation as dancers, choreographers and audiences promotes students’ wellbeing and social inclusion. Learning in and through dance enhances students’ knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures and contexts and develops their personal, social and cultural identity.

Meet the Dance Teacher

Sally Fielding – Years 7 to 10


Why do we study Drama?

The study of Drama helps our students develop skills in effective communication, empathy, self-discipline, interpreting, researching, negotiating, problem solving and decision making. Studying Drama gives students a window to examine themselves and their place in our ever changing society.

Students will develop:

  • Confidence and self-esteem to explore, depict and celebrate human experience, take risks and challenge their own creativity through drama
  • Knowledge and understanding in controlling, applying and analysing the elements, skills, processes, forms, styles and techniques of drama to engage audiences and create meaning
  • A sense of curiosity, aesthetic knowledge, enjoyment and achievement through exploring and playing roles, and imagining situations, actions and ideas as drama makers and audiences
  • Knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary drama as critical and active participants and audiences

Meet the Drama team

Sally Fielding – Team Leader Years 7 to 10
Claire Bugg – Year 7

Media Arts

Why do we study Media Arts?

Media arts involves creating representations of the world and telling stories through communications technologies such as television, film, video, newspapers, radio, video games, the internet and mobile media. Media arts connects audiences, purposes and ideas, exploring concepts and viewpoints through the creative use of materials and technologies. Like all art forms, media arts has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential.

Media Arts enables students to create and communicate representations of diverse worlds and investigate the impact and influence of media artworks on those worlds, individually and collaboratively. As an art form evolving in the twenty-first century, media arts enables students to use existing and emerging technologies as they explore imagery, text and sound and create meaning as they participate in, experiment with and interpret diverse cultures and communications practices.

Students learn to be critically aware of ways that the media are culturally used and negotiated, and are dynamic and central to the way they make sense of the world and of themselves. They learn to interpret, analyse and develop media practices through their media arts making experiences. They are inspired to imagine, collaborate and take on responsibilities in planning, designing and producing media artworks.

Students explore and interpret diverse and dynamic cultural, social, historical and institutional factors that shape contemporary communication through media technologies and globally networked communications.

Meet the Media Arts team

Sally Fielding Years 9 and 10

Visual Arts

Why do we study Visual Arts?

As an Arts subject, Visual Art prepares students with the skills they need to operate an alternative literacy system and a way to express ideas, using and understanding symbols and images. In Year 7, Visual Art is a core subject and in Years 8, 9 and 10 it is an elective subject offering both full and half year courses. Visual Art is very important in supporting and developing students’ creativity, technical skills, perception and planning of ideas.

There is a strong focus on building students’ independent and critical thinking when considering and responding to different ideas, cultures and points of view. This is woven into both the practical and theoretical side of this subject.

Studying Visual Art is a creative and vital learning area ensuring students are well prepared to visually communicate in a range of mediums in which to confidently express their ideas. All year groups are given differentiated opportunities to meet their needs. The duration of units of work, in all Year groups is usually between one to six weeks. These skills help to create future career pathways.

At Rose Bay High School students are able to develop their Visual Arts through the following programmes:

  • Art, Craft and Design (Years 9/10)
  • Photography (Years 9/10)
  • Ceramics (Years 9/10)
  • Drawing (Years 9/10)
  • Visual Art Studio (Year 8)
  • Ceramics and 3D Design (Year 8)

For further information on these subjects please visit our Course Guides.

Meet the Visual Arts Team

Judy Whittington – Years 8, 9 and 10 – Subject Leader
Marco van Buuren – Years 7 and 9
John Dean – Year 8


Why do we study Music?

The study of Music has been proven to have many benefits for students. Playing, reading and writing music increases memory capacity, teaches discipline and teamwork, improves communication skills and self-esteem, provides a creative outlet for emotions and strengthens the mind overall. Music is for everyone! Anyone can learn to play and enjoy being part of a musical group, gaining valuable skills. Studies have shown that the capabilities gained through musical performance have a positive effect on student achievement in all other subject areas.

Meet the Music team

Dean Hunt OAM, Team Leader and Band Director – Specialist Instrumental Teacher (Brass)
Nigel Harbod – Specialist Instrumental Teacher (Woodwind)
Andrew Castles – Specialist Instrumental Teacher (Woodwind and Percussion)

Programme of Study

At Rose Bay High School we offer great opportunities in Music. We begin with learning the basics in Year 7 and continue building skills and knowledge throughout the four years of high school.

Year 7 (Full Year course)

  • meet the instrumental families – brass, percussion, string and woodwind
  • gain skills on an instrument of choice;
  • acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of musical language;
  • undertake basic composition tasks; and
  • listen to music and explore the development of contemporary music.

Year 8 (Optional One Semester course)

  • develop instrumental skills gained in Grade 7 (voice is also an option for study);
  • perform in a group and/or as a soloist on at least one instrument of choice;
  • consolidate musical understanding and be introduced to more advanced concepts;
  • undertake creative tasks, including basic improvisation; and
  • analyse musical works and place music into historical context.

Years 9 and 10 (Optional Full Year course)

  • perform to an audience as both a soloist and as a member of one or more ensembles
  • study increasingly advanced musical concepts throughout Years 9 and 10
  • receive training in aural skills, including rhythmic and melodic dictation and interval and chord recognition
  • undertake composition and arranging tasks
  • develop improvisation skills
  • explore the development of music throughout modern history and understand the role of music in society; and
  • analyse set musical works

Through the study of Music at Rose Bay High School, students will have differentiated opportunities to:


  • practice techniques on their chosen instrument(s)
  • musical theory for the purpose of practical application;
  • the roles of the composer, performer and audience in music; and
  • associated musical vocabulary.


  • musical concepts connected to musical works studied for both performance and analysis
  • the need for regular practice routines
  • how composers and performers communicate through music; and
  • the cultural significance of music in society throughout history.

Be able to:

  • achieve a high standard of technical skill and musicianship on an instrument of choice
  • perform before an audience as a soloist and member of an ensemble
  • apply the language of music in creating and performing music; and
  • work consistently with commitment, disciple and teamwork