The Arts Learning Area provides a variety of exciting extension programs and opportunities for students from all year groups. The College now boasts some of the best Arts facilities in the region, if not the state so students are well catered for in the Arts contexts of Dance, Media, Visual Art, Music and Drama.
New for 2016 in Year 8 will be establishment of a Special Arts Extension Class. This will follow the same time frame as the current Year 7 timetable with an 8 week taster course in all five Arts contexts of Music, Dance, Visual Art, Media and Drama. These are classes that all students undertake so there is no change to their timetable. This new extension class will cater for students who have demonstrated a high level of interest and or ability in one or more of their arts contexts.
The overall aim of this program is to assist students to build skills and understandings; engaging in the Arts at a deeper level. It will also prepare them for future study in the Arts. Students from this Art Extension Class will be well placed to gain entry into the “Specialized Arts Program” that will begin in 2017 for Year 9 students and will then be a year-long course. This extension course will allow students to push themselves to build and test their skills. They will have the opportunity to work with visual and performance Artists and gain real and valuable experiences through our excursions and Arts Events Calendar.
Currently the College has engaged well known national and international Urban Artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers to workshop a large group of Visual Art students in all aspects of urban art design and creation. Students have produced designs for a large scale artwork at the College from which Mr Hughes-Odgers will draw on before a final plan is made and the large painted mural completed at the school. This project allows our students to gain vital and enriching experience in working with a Professional Artist in a design process where they will be reminded of the outcome on a daily basis.
Study in the Arts allows our students to develop skills and ideas that help them interpret the events in their lives and the world around them and gain an appreciation for their own and other cultures. The Arts curriculum assists students to build critical and creative thinking skills that are vital for a contemporary technology based society.
Considerable opportunities for student participation in extra-curricular arts events are made available throughout the school year including Art extension workshops after school, various exhibitions and art competitions, arts performances and competitions and school productions. In addition to these the arts run a vibrant integrated enrichment program with artists in residence and extra-curricular opportunities for our students to engage in the arts in meaningful and exciting learning experiences.
In addition to the timetabled curriculum, Halls Head College provides an extensive extra –curricular calendar that covers all Arts Areas. Our students participate in school based, local and state wide events, performances and exhibitions. Students have access to highly skilled and passionate Arts staff who are engaged and experienced in their disciplines.
Opportunities for students from all year groups exist in the following Arts contexts:
The College has a vibrant Music sector including School of Instrumental Music [ S.I.M. ] tuition lessons and practical workshops. Combined schools workshops and performances for the all area S.I.M. students.
Choir opportunities for all interested students exist, including the chance to engage in school and community performances. Lunchtime Music concerts are a regular feature each calendar year. Music Students also participate in a range of whole school events such as playing at assemblies, in drama performances, at off-site events and for other schools.
Choir meets after school every Tuesday afternoon.
A college band also rehearses every Thursday afternoon and perform at school functions and for different audiences as opportunities present. Crabfest, for example is one outside event that this group has featured at previously. This offers our SIM and instrumental students a chance to play as an ensemble group and refine and hone these skills.
This year the College will be showcasing the skills of our student community in its production of “The Addams Family Musical” The production involves a close collaboration between the areas of Drama, Music and Dance and Visual Art and should be great fun. Although a new school, this production builds on a strong heritage of performing arts events at the school. rehearsal times are Wednesdays from 3 – 5 pm Tickets are available from the administration office.
Performance dates are:
Opening Night Thursday 28th July 2016 show continues to Saturday 30th July.
In addition to year 7-12 dance classes students at Halls Head College have several exciting opportunities to develop and extend their skills and techniques by participating in a range of special programs and performances throughout the year.
A select group of students are auditioned each year and are selected to be a part of the HHC Dance Club. The Dance Club meet after school once a week and form an integral part of the dance culture at our school. These students work hard throughout the year to prepare their competition piece for the state wide Youth On Health (YOH) Festival, each year at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
The HHC Dance Club also perform at the ACHPER Dance Festival held annually in Perth each year. Students also perform at a variety of community events, such as the Crab Festival and at local primary school athletics carnivals and shows.
To enrich their expertise and experience, a range of workshops are held throughout the year allowing the students to experience a range of dance styles and are given the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals, choreographers and dance experts who also visit the school as guest teachers.
At school, students also perform at the annual Harmony Day celebrations, flash mobs, school assemblies, the HHC Arts Spectacular and school musicals. All of these events continue to cultivate student’s dance experiences and are aimed towards imbedding a rich dance culture at Halls Head College.
Media students have a wide variety of opportunities to create and showcase their videos and clips for school promotions such as Media Nights and students are encouraged to submit work for media competitions such as short film festivals and media events.
A range of opportunities exist outside of the normal timetable for Visual Arts students to push themselves to build on their skills and engage in a rich extra-curricular art calendar.
Participation in school, district and state wide exhibitions and competitions is encouraged and seen as an integral component of the learning program. Students from all years undertake a number of excursions.
To complement classroom learning an “Artist in Residence” program is maintained that includes classroom visits and workshops to allow students to have real and enriched experiences with professional in this area.
Currently the College is fostering a mentoring and professional role with well known Community Artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers.
Past Artists in Residence have included: Amanda Shelsher, Coral Lowry, Simon Gilby, as well as local Artisans and crafts people.
Please contact the Arts Team for more information about Extension opportunities for students at the College.
Artist in Residence Kyle Hughes-Odgers working with Art Students at Halls Head College, February 2016
Arts Extension Students attending “Sculpture by the Sea “ exhibition at Cottesloe Beach
The Halls Head College Choir after performing at the 2015 Silent March in Mandurah
The Halls Head College Stage Band performing at the 2015 Mandurah Stretch Festival
The 2015 SIM band workshop, led by tutor Rebeccah Moroney
Rehearsals for the School Drama Production 2016