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ARTS EXCELLENCE

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Drama Excellence

The Wavell State High School Drama Excellence Program caters for students who are gifted and talented, wish to pursue a career in the Arts and/or demonstrate a considerable level of potential in Drama. The Drama Excellence program provides students from years 7 – 12 with unique learning opportunities to develop and enhance their creative and artistic production and performance skills. Industry partnerships with award-winning theatre companies allows students to work closely with professional artists.

The Junior Drama Excellence Program is an audition based extra-curricular program designed to develop performance skills. The program is run by a practicing artist from the Performing Arts Industry who will lead the students through a series of acting workshops. A feature of this program is public performance and the students in this program will rehearsal and perform at various school Arts events. Application and audition will occur at the start of the school year.​

The Senior Drama Excellence Program has a history of success and is one of Wavell's signature programs. The Drama Excellence course is run as an applied subject in year 11 and 12 and contributes to the student's senior exit results. The priority of the course is for students with a strong level of ability and interest in the dramatic field to further develop their expertise. This two-year course establishes a basis for further education and employment in the drama and theatre industry in areas such as performance, theatre management and promotions. Polished public performance, of a very high standard is a priority of the course, and a variety of theatrical genres, drama-related skills and performance styles are explored.  Outside specialists and professional Arts practitioners will be accessed for workshops and directing productions. A 10 year partnership with Shake & Stir Theatre Company has ensured that each year students have the opportunity to perform in a professional standard show directed by a practicing artist. In recent years a partnership has also been established with Backbone Youth Arts to further enhance students' engagement with professional artists. As part of this subject students will have the opportunity to be involved in events such as The School Musical, Senior Drama Night (a collaboration with Shake & Stir Theatre Company), Drama Excellence Evening, Collage Drama Night and The Queensland Shakespeare Festival.

Entry into the program is via application and audition. Students should obtain application forms and audition information online or from the Arts HOD by early August of the year prior to commencement.  Auditions and interviews will be held in Term 3 of the year prior to commencement. 

Students who are accepted into this subject must also study the senior subject Drama which provides vital skills, background knowledge and understanding.

The Wavell State High School Dance Excellence Program caters for students who are gifted and talented, wishing to pursue a career in the Arts and/or demonstrate a considerable level of potential in Dance. The Dance program provides students from years 7 – 12 with performance opportunities such as Dance Night, Dance Eisteddfods and school and community events. Students are also provided with opportunities to interact and learn from industry professionals through annual dance workshops. The program allows students to collaborate on developing dance works of their own, teaching them valuable teamwork and problem solving skills which are vital in the 21st century.

The Junior Dance Excellence Program is an audition-based program that is a run as a timetabled class once per week. In this class students will be taught by a practicing artist from the Dance Industry as we have formed a partnership with Promendade Dance Company. The purpose of this program is skill development in a range of dance styles including Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. To further their dance potential students may also wish to be part of our Junior Dance Troupe. This troupe gives students the opportunity to further develop their performance and technical skill. The troupe is an audition based after school program where students learn and rehearse dance works, enhance their technique and develop their strength and flexibility. Performance opportunities for this troupe include: Dance Eisteddfods, Dance Night, School Musicals and other school events.

The Senior Drama Excellence Program​ is a subject designed to develop excellence in dance skills.  This subject caters for students who are gifted and talented and who wish to pursue a career in the Arts and/or demonstrate a considerable level of potential in Dance. The Dance Excellence course is run as an applied subject in year 11 and 12 and contributes to the student's senior exit results. The priority of the course is for students with a strong level of technical ability and interest in the dance field, to further develop their expertise.  Public performance and interaction with professional artists is a priority of the course.  A variety of dance genres, dance-related skills and performance styles are explored.  Outside specialists and professional Arts practitioners will conduct workshops and provide insight into the dance industry.

Entry into the course is via application and audition. Students should obtain application forms and audition information online or from the Performing Arts HOD by early August of the year prior to commencement.  Auditions and interviews will be held in Term 3 of the year prior to commencement.

Students who are accepted into this subject may also study the Senior subject Dance which provides vital skills and background knowledge and understanding. This is not a prerequisite but it is strongly recommended that students elect  Dance as a companion subject.  Students may however elect Dance Excellence Studies as their only dance subject.​

Music Excellence


The Junior Music Excellence Programcaters to gifted and talented students who play an instrument and wish to study music at a more advanced level than the Core Music strand. The Music Extension strand runs from years 7 to 10. Students are selected for the year 7 class based on their advanced ability on their instrument. It is expected that students also be taking lessons from specialist teachers and be participating in various Ensembles within the school Instrumental Music Program or be taking private lessons outside of school. Assessment tasks in the class curriculum include compositions and arrangements using digital software programs and practical performances on a variety of instruments including piano, guitar and the student's own personal instrument. The Instrumental Music Bands and Ensembles also perform regularly at school Showcase Concerts and community events.

The Senior Music Excellence course is run as the general subject Music Extension. The course is designed to cater for students with particular musical ability who may be contemplating further study in music or a career in music.

The subject offers specializations which can be defined both as an area of study and as a career path in the profession.  The subject is an obvious choice for students who are serious about their music studies, and will cater for musically gifted and talented students by providing them with a pathway to receive academic credit for their commitment to music. Students are able to select one of three strands of this course – Performance, Composition or Musicology.

The course involves two Semesters of study in Year 12.

Entry into the program is via application and audition. Students must already have achieved an appropriate level of musicianship in a major study e.g. keyboard, voice, other instrument or composition.  It is recommended that students be a member of the Instrumental Music Bands and Ensembles Program or an outside ensemble, particularly if majoring in performance.

Students who select Music Extension must also study the general subject Music.

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Last reviewed 23 November 2021
Last updated 23 November 2021