St Patrick’s College provides a myriad of exciting opportunities for boys to challenge themselves within the Arts. The College is recognised as one of the leading music schools in Victoria having won Gold Shields at the Melbourne Schools Music Festival. The boys school environment at St Patrick’s challenges and supports boys in taking on leadership positions within the Arts and is evidenced in a range of mediums including the College’s outstanding annual school production, participation in the Purton Oratory and Doyle Debating Competitions, and the breadth of stunning art pieces that adorn the walls of the College.
Through excellence in teaching and learning processes, boys will express themselves in the Arts in deep and contemplative ways, the depth of which may not be realised within a co-educational environment.
Classroom Music is a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8 and an elective from Year 9 to VCE. All students are encouraged to participate in the College’s music program.
Basic keyboard skills, the theory of music and music analysis are incorporated into the music programme, with the main emphasis in earlier years on understanding and developing a technical and aural framework. Students are expected to develop an ability to read music fluently.
Instrumental music is a compulsory study for all students in Year 7 and provides the opportunity to learn classical guitar, concert band or orchestral instruments. Basic technique, music theory, solo playing, working as a member of an ensemble and other skills associated with instrumental playing are covered and the students have the opportunity to develop performance skills.
The College also runs an extensive co-curricular music program, with students able to join a variety of bands including Concert Bands and Stage Bands, and many smaller ensembles such as Classical Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and String Ensembles. These bands perform at a variety of school and community based events. The senior groups undertake a major tour every other year.
The Music Program is supported by committed staff and innovative programmes to enhance skill development.
The Creative Arts
The College’s Creative Arts program provides all students with an opportunity to express their individuality and to learn about their world through creative mediums. Boys are able to participate in a range of subjects including:
- Visual Communication and Design [VCD]
- Architectural Design/Studies.
- Introduction to Graphics
- Studio Art: Painting & Drawing
Media is an important tool, something we can use to help us communicate better with other people. It has the power to attract attention, focus people’s thoughts on what you want them to know, and to persuade others to see things your way.
At St Patrick’s College Media is an elective subject available through Years 10-12. It is a subject which has enjoyed extensive growth within the College in the past few years with individual students winning a several prestigious awards.
In Media, students are involved in both theoretical and practical learning activities. They are introduced to the skills involved in the media production process (exploring, designing, experimenting and refining) and they create their own media productions within mediums such as film/video, digital photography, animation and print (newspapers/magazines). Students have the opportunity to develop expertise in software programs such as Premier Pro, Flash and Photoshop. Students also study the influence of the media in their own lives and the way in which the media represents their world, a world which is different to their own experience.
The College celebrates the achievements of its Year 12 Media students each year (along with the best works from students in Years 10 and 11) in its annual Film Festival, SPAM (St Patrick’s Awards for Media), where various awards are given as judged by an independent panel of judges, including Old Collegians and former winners.
The College’s Performing Arts program is also supported by an extensive involvement with public speaking competitions. All St Patrick’s College students are actively encouraged to develop skills in the important area of public speaking via curricular and co-curricular activities. Students compete in number of state and national level debating and public speaking competitions and have an outstanding record of success.
Year 12 student and College vice-captain David Adams was the winner of the 2014 Purton Oratory Competition.