Performing Arts

At Emmaus College, we believe that Dance, Drama and Music are culture in action. Our students enjoy quality arts experiences both formally and informally, every day of the school year. Students engage in the Performing Arts from Years 7 – 12.

Performing Arts is seen by the Emmaus College community as an integral part of a student’s education and is therefore offered at all year levels. Performing Arts subjects are offered as core subjects in Years 7 and 8 where students study Dance,Drama and Music.

In Year 9 and 10, Dance, Drama and Music are offered as elective subjects.

Senior students have the option of choosing the Authority subjects Music and/or Drama.

Emmaus students are offered a wide array of cultural experiences beyond the classroom. These include visits to Rockhampton Pilbeam Theatre, annual Drama and Music Camps Students are also able to showcase their abilities to the wider College community in our annual Emmaus College Turning on the Talent exhibition.

Why Study Performing Arts at Emmaus College?

The Performing Arts covers the subjects of Dance, Drama and Music.  In all three of these subjects students learn:

  • CREATIVITY through composition, script writing, choreography and performance
  • ACCEPTANCE of themselves and others as they explore what they love about the Arts
  • RESPECT for their peers as they learn to listen, engage and learn with others
  • A sense of BELONGING
  • COMPASSION as they experience the world from different perspectives, helping them to develop the capacity for empathy
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE through studying themes that relate to human rights and equality
  • To build RELATIONSHIPS and be WELCOMING through team work and learning to work with different people
  • ENTHUSIASM through learning in a practical hands-on classroom.

Research demonstrates that practicing an art form benefits children in a variety of ways. Above and beyond the joy and fulfilment of making music, dancing or acting for its own sake; dedication to an artistic discipline can have immediate and long-term merit for children from diverse backgrounds.

Research shows that studying Performing Arts:

  • Strengthens students’ ability to think critically, solve problems and use creativity, enhancing academic achievement and success in school.
  • Teaches critical values such as working within a team toward a shared goal, understanding and respecting others’ points of view and empathy.
  • Develops skills needed in school and in life, including self-discipline, responsibility, goal-setting, and the ability to envision a product and see it through from beginning to end.

What our students are involved in


Emmaus College’s Year 10 Drama students were invited to participate in Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project held on 11 and 12 October at the Pilbeam Theatre last year. The Scene Project is a participatory style project which involves schools in the creative process of performance from rehearsal through to production.  The Scene Project is also about acknowledging students as artists and encouraging live performance in a professional space and manner.  The purpose of the project was to inspire students to study the arts and to open their eyes to the many opportunities available both while in school and after school.

As part of being involved in The Scene Project, the students were given the opportunity to access a commissioned script, written just for the purpose of the project with input from students. This script, titled Riley Valentine and the Occupation of Fort Svalbard, dealt with themes and issues that students could relate to including family, choices, hope, independence and being yourself.

The Year 10 students involved in the project were also given the opportunity during Term 3, to work with actors and directors from Queensland Theatre. These professionals helped students to create and shape their 15 minute performance, teaching them valuable skills and listening and utilising their ideas. These theatre professionals were then present for the student performances at the Pilbeam Theatre and commented on the student work and their ability to work cohesively and collaboratively together in order to create their performance piece.

On the performance day, students were given the opportunity to meet other drama students from several different schools across the region and watch their performances. Queensland Theatre also performed the full script of Riley Valentine and the Occupation of Fort Svalbard, for the first time in front of students, to show them a director’s perspective on the story and how they can shape drama texts in different ways.

Head of Faculty Information

Nicole Driver Head of Faculty, Performing Arts

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