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Creative and Performing Arts

The Arts is one of four key priority focus areas at St Patrick's College and as such, a robust program is offered including instrumental, voice, drama, dance and visual arts as well as a range of extra-curricular opportunities.

The Visual, Dramatic, Music, Instrumental and Co-Curricular Arts program is available to all students from Years 7-12.

  • Music - Voice and Instrumental
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Creative Arts

Choral Program
Music is an integral part of life at the College and all students participate through singing together at masses, liturgies and
assemblies, as well as during timetabled singing sessions as part of the Choral Program. The program aims to promote student well-being, as well as enhanced levels of confidence and self-esteem. The practice of community singing embodies a team-building philosophy of coming together in a non-competitive and supportive environment, where each student’s contribution is celebrated and valued.

Vocal and Instrumental Music Program aims to provide students with a holistic, developmental and sequential music
education experience. The Vocal and Instrumental Music Program extends beyond the foundations of community singing and comprises individual tuition for voice or an instrument, as well as ensemble participation. We embrace the ideal that these
elements are studied and developed together in equilibrium to best support the learning of each student in all facets of their technical, musicianship and ensemble playing skills.

Private Tuition is offered in the following. Enrolment forms are available.

  • Voice (contemporary and musical theatre)
  • Piano, guitar, percussion, strings, (violin, viola, violoncello), woodwind (flute, clarinet, and saxophone) and brass (trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba)


  • College Choir
  • Glee Club
  • Piano Jam
  • Orchestra

Music in the Curriculum
The study of classroom music aims to develop the whole musician through a well-trained mind, ear, heart and hand.
Performance skills are sequentially developed and applied through a number of musical mediums, including reading, writing, analysing, composing and improvising. From these experiences, students gain a deep understanding of a variety of musical
genres and styles. Active music listening experiences are facilitated, including the exploration of classical art music, folk music and popular music. Basic skills on a number of instruments are introduced at various stages throughout the program from Year 7 – 12. Instruments studied include voice, keyboard, percussion (including drum kit), ukulele and guitar.

Performance and workshop opportunities
Students are encouraged to participate in the range of performance and workshop opportunities available throughout the year, including lunchtime concerts, music showcases, open days, assemblies, local eisteddfods, College masses and liturgies and the annual Winter Gala. Regular workshops are run both within the College and by industry professionals from Australia and
overseas. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the  annual Catholic Education Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival, where students work with professional performing arts companies such as NIDA and Sydney Dance Company.

School Musicals
Students enjoy working with Ignatius Park College and St Margaret Mary’s College, to present the annual combined college musical. Weekly rehearsals mark the journey of preparation to a short season of performances at the Townsville Civic
Theatre. Participation in the musical enables students to showcase performance skills including singing, dancing and acting
within in a team environment.


The Drama Program at St Patrick's College gives student students the opportunity to develop confidence and build self esteem by learning how to communicate and convey ideas and feelings through dramatic actions such as improvisation and character development.   The curriculum covers content that incorporates knowledge of theatre styles and drama theorists and allows practical application of this knowledge.

 In addition to the Drama curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in various extra-curricular activities including:

  • Drama workshops with leading industry professionals
  • Competing in the Festival Of One Act Plays
  • Weekly Drama Club
  • Competing in the Townsville Eisteddfod
  • Drama Olympics Competition

Performance and Production
St Patrick's College also boasts its own purpose-built theatre with a complete lighting and sound system where the students learn about the technical side of productions, as well as performance.


Dance at St Patrick’s College is offered as part of the HPE curriculum, however extra-curricular dance opportunities are
available to student through the following.

  • St Patrick’s College Dance Company - competing in the Townsville Eisteddfod and performing at College events
  • St Patrick’s College Aboriginal Dance Troupe
  • St Patrick’s College Torres Strait Islander Dance Troupe

 The extracurricular activities in dance, drama, voice and instrumental will often combine for College and community events.


Creative Arts at St Patrick's College promotes critical, cultural and aesthetic understandings through participation in art making and appraising processes.

The program gives students an insight into the exploration of mediums, skills, techniques and processes used in producing
images and objects from abstract to traditional styles. The Elements of Art combined with the Principles of Design are the
basis for creating, making and presenting.

  • Excursions to art galleries and locations that allow students to become immersed in the creative process
  • Visiting artist presentations and workshops to further develop students’ visual art perspectives
  • Student exhibitions in programs including Creative Generation and the Townsville Young Artists Awards
  • Extra-curricular activities including Art Encounters classes, Senior Art Appreciation workshops and the
    College Photographic Club
  • Arts Evening and Graduate Art Exhibition
  • Involvement in community events such as Strand Ephemera

Art Encounters classes are offered during lunch for all students from Years 7 - 10, and make use of the many art facilities that the College has to offer, including printmaking, mosaics, ceramics, jewellery making, painting and textiles.

Senior Art Appreciation is also offered as an extra-curricular class to all seniors in Visual Arts which focuses on post-modern and contemporary art trends in Australia.

Arts Night & Graduate Art Exhibition is an annual celebration where Year 7-12 students present their work in a culminating exhibition. 

Strand Ephemera
St Patrick’s College is proud to have a strong connection with Townsville City Galleries with the inaugural Strand Ephemera Lantern Parade in 2015. The College collaborates with Pinnacles Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery and the
Creative Classrooms Program.


Contact Us

St Patrick’s College Townsville
45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810

College Administration:
T (61) 4753 0300
F (61) 4753 0336
Email Administration

T (61) 4753 0380
F (61) 4753 0336
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