Creative endeavour is fostered and celebrated in all its forms at St Helena Secondary College.
Avenues for the individual and corporate expression of creative endeavour are many and varied, with the process and product equally valued for what they contribute to learning.
The social interaction between students across all year levels and the great fun associated with the learning attracts many to the Arts classroom and co-curriculum program.
The positive collaboration between our students, staff, parents, alumni and volunteers in achieving creative outcomes is very special. It underpins each success story – a reality we acknowledge with gratitude.
The large, vibrant St Helena Music Department is responsible for honing the skill development, collaboration, musicality, character strengths and cultural and social growth of over 220 students through instrumental lessons, Band and Ensemble involvement.
If you want to make music, gain performance experience and entertain appreciative audiences locally, nationally and internationally, you can do it through the well renowned St Helena Instrumental Music program.
- 4 large Concert Bands
- 3 Jazz Bands
Lessons available in:
- Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba
- Bass guitar, Percussion, Drum kit
- End of term Music Concerts
- Units 1 and 3 Music Performance Concerts
- Junior and Intermediate Band camp
- AMEB exam facilitation
- Jazz and Concert Band workshops with guest artists
- Band participation in the
- Victorian Schools Music Festival
- Generations in Jazz Festival, Mt Gambier
- Senior Jazz Band participation in the Eltham Jazz Festival
- 3 Senior Jazz Band Albums recorded between 2011-2015
- Annual interstate Senior Band Tour
- Regular international Senior Band Tours.
VCE Music Performance
- St Helena has one of the largest VCE Music Performance programs in Victoria.
- VCE exams are held at the college due to the large number of students enrolled at the school.
- Our VCE group students are routinely chosen to perform at Top ACTS and many go on to study music at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne University.
St Helena has a proud tradition of performance including musicals, plays, drama ensemble performances, dance recitals and music concerts.
The wide repertoire of opportunities has prepared many to pursue learning at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Core features of the Performing Arts calendar include:
Each year a work is chosen to challenge the learning and showcase the talent of our Years 7-12 students. Biannually, the Year 12 Theatre Studies students manage the stage crafting of the show. Recent productions include: Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, the absurdist drama, The Real Inspector Hound, Medea, the hilarious Noises Off, Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The annual College Production brings together the talents of actors, dancers, singers, musicians, make-up artists, set designers, producers/directors, publicity managers, backstage crews, and sound and lighting experts from across our student body. A major community event, the Musical fosters significant learning and enormous enjoyment for all involved. Last year’s cast of Xanadu played to sell out audiences to great acclaim over the fortnight-long season.
- Drama Performances
Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12 Drama studies culminate in performances in the College Theatre.
- Student Worx Season
This student led, written performance features a Years 7-9 cast. Senior students oversee the process from beginning to end.
In 2016 a highly entertaining adaption of Peter Pan was well received by enthusiastic audiences.
- Music Concerts
At St Helena there are multiple opportunities each year for the college and wider community to be entertained by our talented musicians. These include end of term Music Concerts and Unit 1 and Unit 3 Music Performance Concerts in the College Theatre.
- Band Camp
A 3-day camp for our Junior and Intermediate Bands early in Term 4 provides an opportunity for intensive tuition. The students always make great gains in terms of their skill development. This is enhanced by the fun and personal satisfaction associated with achieving a common goal.
- Dance Recitals
Mid-year and end of year dance recitals enable students to demonstrate their learning, creativity and flair.
The annual Art and Technology Exhibition held at the college early in Term 4 showcases the exceptional talent of our students in mediums and technologies including: Art, Visual Communication Design, Media, Photography, Textiles, Furnishings, Cabinetmaking, Product Design, Plastics, Wood and Systems Technology.
Opening Night always draws a crowd of enthusiasts from the college and wider community. Then across two and a half additional days, there is further time to absorb the exhibits during school hours.
See 'Events' page for more details.