"...It is a great platform that gives students resources and an escape that they couldn’t possibly find elsewhere.” - Teacher
Throughout the year CaSPA provides support for teachers and their students preparing for HSC written and practical examinations in Dance, Drama and Music.
CaSPA's HSC support programs are aligned to syllabus content and outcomes and designed to complement school-based learning. They include In-School Mentoring - a series of workshops tailored to individual class needs, Skillbuilding Workshops - which provide an opportunity for students to work with specialist tutors and their peers from across the Archdiocese on core and elective components and the HSC Recital series which nurtures exceptional talent.
All HSC support programs encourage students to actively engage in their learning and to achieve their best within their chosen specialty.
Schools that have benefited from HSC Support include Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, where drama students in the dedicated 'Viva' performing arts class have engaged in mentoring for written assessments and individual performance technique. And senior music students at Freeman Catholic College and Marist Catholic College Penshurst have received personalised learning support in the specialised area of music composition.
The expertise of CaSPA's Music Adviser, James Long, is complementing the dedicated work of SCS Music teachers across the Archdiocese and enriching the cultural fabric of our SCS schools through music composition.
Requests have been received from a number of our Secondary schools this year to support students in the core and elective composition components of the HSC Music syllabus (Music 1 & Music 2) where James is tasked with mentoring & monitoring student progress throughout the composition process from developing an idea to production of the final score.
Along the journey, students work within a variety of musical genres and acquire a range of skills in music technology.