Karen Daffy - Head Teacher
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.
Study in the arts is integral to our society. The arts are what make us most human, most complete as people. The arts cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure any more than maths or science can.
Students participating in the creative and performing arts will gain further development in the following areas – creativity, confidence, academic performance, decision making, perseverance, focus, self-discipline, collaboration and accountability.
The creative and performing arts (CAPA) faculty at Dungog High School comprises music, drama and visual arts, with highly experienced, committed and innovative teachers who provide opportunities for students to develop their gifted and creative potential in their individual areas of talent.
In the CAPA faculty students are provided with many opportunities to perform and exhibit throughout the year, both within the local community and the Hunter area.
Students studying drama will be involved in the process of making, performing and a critical study through both individual and group experiences.
Students learn to collaborate in a process where they explore, shape and symbolically represent imagination, ideas, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and their consequences. Students are given as many opportunities as possible to perform at school and in the local community.