Narara Valley High School

For the Future

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Head Teacher:  Lynne Akhurst

Teachers:  Muamer Cajic, Vanessa Conrow, Michaela Davidson,  Gina Diamandis,  Adrian Legg, Brydie Nicol, Ben Ross, Christine Skoryk and Susan Thomas.

In creative arts, students discover a variety of visual and performing art forms through a study of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.

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

Students must study 100 hours of both Music and Visual Arts during Stage 4. They also have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in other art forms through elective subjects in Stage 5 including Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, Photography and Visual Design. Students can then select from a range of courses in Years 11 to 12.

The Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Faculty at NVHS has a proud history of academic and cultural success, and provides many opportunities for our students to experience extracurricular extension.

The CAPA Faculty at NVHS consists of:

  • Visual Art (Years 7-12), Visual Design (Years 9-12), Ceramics (Years 9-12) and Photography (Years 11 and 12)
  • Music (Years 7-12) and Performance Course (Years 9 and10)
  • Dance (Years 9-12)
  • Drama (Years 9-12)
  • NVHS also offer a specialist Creative and Performing Arts classes in Years 7/8 covering the areas of Drama, Dance, Vocal, Piano, Guitar, Instrumental, Percussion, Sound Production and Visual Arts.

Subject Selection

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Year 9 AND Year 11 2023

CAPA Program

The Creative and Performing Arts Program at Narara Valley High School is a vibrant part of our school, offering experiences within and beyond the classroom. In each area of CAPA we aim to give students opportunities to develop their creative talents through Dance, Visual Arts, Music and Drama.

Historically students from the CAPA classes have gone on to perform in prestigious events such as Encore, Reprise, Central Vision, Call Back, YIPA, Showcase, CC Dance Festival, Talent Development Program, State Vocal camp, Operation Art, Art Express to name a few. Other students have recording contracts and many have achieved band 6 and 5 results in their HSC CAPA subjects. We are very proud of what many of these students have been able to achieve in their selected areas.

The program provides students with the opportunity to acquire life long skills, knowledge and understanding that are necessary for active engagement and enjoyment in the Creative and Performing Arts areas of their choice, while continuing to engage in all other areas of their school education.

The areas are Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music students can select vocals, instrumental, guitar, piano, and sound production.

The CAPA class students of Year 7 and 8 will do two one hour tutorials in their two chosen areas that are determined from the audition process. The CAPA class are given opportunities throughout the year to perform at regional and local community and performing Arts events as well as invited to participate in exhibitions and competitions.

NB: There is a cost associated with CAPA of $500 per year. This is to pay our tutors, cover the cost of excursions and resources for our students. Payment plans can be negotiated with administration staff.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a position in our CAPA program, please head over to our Specialist Programs page for further information. 

CAPA Showcases

2022 Year 11 Photography

This work was completed by our very talented Year 11 photography students during the COVID19 lockdown period in Term 3. We are so proud of how hard they have worked in this difficult period. 

Showcase of Year 11 Photography 

2022 CAPA Visual Arts Tutorial Class

2022 Year 8 Visual Arts - Extraordinary Ceramics