The Arts

We encourage and foster a love of the arts

We pursue excellence in the arts, helping girls develop their creative talents and their critical and academic interests.

We encourage and foster in our girls a commitment to the arts. Each girl has the opportunity to express herself creatively, cultivate self-awareness and deepen her understanding of others. As she engages with the art and artefacts of different times and cultures, she learns about the world and her place in it.

Through exploring the implicit spiritual and moral relationships between the artist, artwork, observer and culture, she comes to appreciate the importance of the uniquely human creative response.

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Art & Design

Lessons are integrated into the curriculum and we offer specialist teachers and facilities from Kindergarten upwards. Girls are encouraged to take creative risks, make mistakes and understand the creative process.

Visual Arts is offered as an elective subject from Year 9 and girls experience a variety of disciplines including painting, drawing, print-making, photography, sculpture and graphic design.

Design Technology is offered as an elective from Year 9 and incorporates industrial technology, digital media, multi-media and textiles.

We have several exhibitions of student work each year and our senior students enjoy considerable success in having their major works nominated for inclusion in the prestigious ARTEXPRESS, TEXSTYLE and INTECH exhibitions.

The specialised campus on the esplanade at Balmoral Beach includes:

  • textiles Workshop
  • robotics Lab
  • PC Lab for Coding and Engineering
  • painting and Drawing Studios including printmaking press (also used for life drawing)
  • 3D Printers and Lasercutter
  • design Studio
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Drama

Drama lessons are offered to all girls in the Junior School within the curriculum and there are regular performances and productions for the older year groups.

In the Senior School, girls can join the Drama Club in Years 7 and 8 and take Drama as an elective subject from Year 9. In addition to regular showcase performances, there are several productions each year, allowing girls of all ages to perform. Girls can also develop their skills in stage management, lighting, sound and make-up.

Our facilities include:

  • 300-seat theatre in the Junior School;
  • dedicated drama studio in the Junior School;
  • 600-seat theatre in the Senior School featuring a hydraulic lift orchestra pit and state-of-the-art lighting and audio;
  • dedicated drama studio in the Senior School with costume and make-up rooms.

Music

In the Junior School, music lessons from specialist teachers are scheduled within the curriculum and all girls from Years 3-6 learn an instrument and sing in a choir through this program. Additional private tuition in a wide range of instruments is also available.

There are regular opportunities for musicians of all abilities to perform and our girls regularly participate in external competitions and concerts. There are currently around 15 different choirs, ensembles, bands and orchestras in the Junior School.

In the Senior School, all girls have timetabled music lessons in Years 7 and 8 and Music is offered as an elective from Year 9. Girls are encouraged to try new instruments and private tuition is available in a wide range of instruments. Regular performance opportunities are provided for girls at every stage.

We have a variety of choirs, ensembles, bands and orchestras for different levels of experience. Novices benefit not only from the teaching of our highly qualified staff and playing alongside peers of high ability. In recent years a number of our students have been selected for the Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestras and have completed Associate and Licentiate performance diplomas.

Our facilities include:

  • 300-seat theatre in the Junior School;
  • 600-seat theatre in the Senior School featuring a hydraulic lift orchestra pit and state-of-the-art lighting and audio;
  • multiple practice rooms on Junior and Senior campuses;
  • an acoustic panelled music rehearsal room;
  • composition and recording studios;
  • a large number of instruments for hire;
  • extensive musical libraries.

VANESSA LI
YEAR 12

For me, the most memorable part of Queenwood is the classroom; I love the way discussion and debate arise every lesson.

 

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