Menai High School

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Creative arts

In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts.

Studying the creative arts, students learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform. Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.

Students must study 100 hours of both music and visual arts during Years 7 to 10. They also have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in other art forms through elective subjects including drama, dance, photography and visual design. Students can then select from a range of courses in Years 11 to 12.

Menai High School students excel in all fields within the creative arts faculty. In 2012, one of our HSC students was placed 2ndin the state in dance.

Subjects offered

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Video and digital imaging
  • Visual arts
  • Visual design – print
  • Visual design – ceramics
  • V.E.T – entertainment industry specialisation (live production, theatre and events – technical operations)

The Creative And Performing Arts (CAPA) faculty at Menai High School encourages students to learn and appreciate the diverse nature of the creative arts. The faculty inspires, nurtures and develops the capacity for our students to become skilled learners, skilled citizens and skilled for life. Integrating technology into classroom practice, specialist trained teachers deliver engaging and innovative lessons providing students diverse learning opportunities to achieve the Menai High School exit outcomes.

The CAPA faculty strives to achieve excellence and this has led many students to be selected for highly prestigious H.S.C events, including:

  • Art express
  • Call back
  • Encore and on stage

In addition, students are regularly selected to participate in regional and state dance, school spectacular, state drama ensembles and the NSW Secondary Schools Choral Concert.

The various in-school programs offered by the CAPA Faculty enable students to refine their technical skills, successfully work in teams and grow as leaders.


The CAPA faculty provides engaging and dynamic learning experiences by using outstanding facilities, including:

  • interactive whiteboards in all classrooms
  • four spacious visual arts rooms
  • one specialist ceramic room: equipped with pottery wheels and two kilns
  • one photography studio: equipped with a large-format printer, studio lighting and green screen
  • one photography darkroom
  • one medium-sized etching press
  • two spacious music rooms
  • one dance room: with specialist flooring
  • one drama room: equipped with lighting and audio equipment
  • high-resolution dslr cameras and video cameras