Our School - Curriculum

HSPA teachers are experts in delivering quality learning experiences in the classroom across all subjects, and understanding the creative nature and performing arts passions and needs of our students. All mandatory and many additional (elective) Board of Studies courses are delivered at HSPA. In addition, our students:

  • study more performing arts subjects in Years 7-8
  • have a much greater choice of performing arts electives in Years 8-10
  • can gain nationally accredited vocational qualifications, delivered with a performing arts industry focus (Years 9-12)
  • study their auditioned area for Years 7-10, with the expectation that this continues into Years 11-12.
  • 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 @ HSPA

All electives in Year 8, and Year 9 and 10 '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 want to provide real-world opportunities for our students to develop the necessary employability and personal skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. We are committed to ensuring that our curriculum remains current and 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.

 

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