Curriculum

Creative Arts



Music Program

Calvary Christian College has a renown music program which includes:

  • Music for Little Mozarts - Basic Keyboard Music Appreciation Program (Prep and Year 1) Levels 1 & 2
  • String Along Program (Years 2 and 3) Levels 1 & 2
  • Play Along Band Program (Years 4 to 7) Levels 1 & 2
  • Choirs - Sing-a-long (Years 4 - 6)
  • Individual tuition
  • Instrumental shared lessons (subject to demand and availability)
  • Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) or Trinity College of London Exams
  • Ensembles:
    • Concert Bands (Junior to Senior)
    • String Ensembles (Junior to Senior)
    • Vocal Ensembles (Junior to Senior)

A detailed information handbook on all music performance and tuition opportunities is available for download her: Music At Calvary Handbook

Event dates for 2016:

Showcase Friday 21 October 2016
Christmas in June: 9 June 2016
Redlands Eisteddfod is in the first two weeks of Term 3 each year.
Gold Coast Eisteddfod is in the first two weeks of August each year.

Theatre Club

Theatre Club has been running at Calvary since 2012. Students in Middle and Senior School have the opportunity to ‘subscribe’ and attend a variety of plays, musicals and dance performances across the year.

In the last few years we have seen:

  • Wicked, Grease, Jersey Boys, Doctor Zhivago, Annie & The King and I
  • Ballet: Queensland Ballet’s Nutcracker, Coppèlia and Sleeping Beauty
  • Opera: Cinderella, and The Perfect American
  • Plays: QTC productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Fractions; QUT productions of The Cherry Orchard, Cosi, Mnemonic, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, August Osage County; Shake&Stir productions of 1984 and Animal Farm; Zen Zen Zo production of Therese Raquin; Fractal production of Under Milk Wood.

Students have the opportunity to view a curated selection of shows, with a debriefing and discussion after each show. At times we have also had the opportunity to attend cast Q&A sessions and industry visits. Many of the QUT productions are staged by students completing studies in theatre at QUT, and therefore give Calvary students the opportunity to see what study in the dramatic arts is about.

As well as the main theatre club which runs from February to October, we have also offered:

  • Theatre Club Lite: for younger students, involving mainly musicals and ballet productions
  • Summer Theatre Club: from November to January. Covering shows that fall during the school holidays.
  • Theatre Club trips: Since our first trip in 2011, students have travelled to Melbourne where they have seen major musicals such as King Kong, Les Miserable and Love Never Dies.

Additionally, we have been excited to see on stage celebrities such as David Wenham in MTC productions such as The Crucible. We are working toward an international trip in the future.

Art Club

Art Club is available to any Calvary student from Years 7 – 12 and is not exclusive to visual art students. This gives all students the opportunity to be creative outside of the subject. Students have access to full resources of the Art room (mediums and equipment) and may work on school assessment, gaining those valuable extra hours for practical work, or explore a project of their own choice. Visual Art staff have tertiary and industry experience in Graphic Design, Photography and Digital media, all Printmaking styles, Ceramics/Sculpture and traditional forms of Drawing and Painting: all which will be available to interested students who may not have the opportunity to choose Visual Art as a subject while studying in Middle or Senior School at Calvary. Enquiries can be directed to Mrs Lyndal McNulty; Visual Art Coordinator.

Calvary Creative Arts and Eisteddfod

Calvary's very own inter-house Creative Arts and Eisteddfod was launched in 2014 across both campuses. Categories included drama, instrumental music, singing, busking, art, FTV & New Media, dance, hospitality, poetry, debating and battle of the bands.

Art activities include:

  • Pavement art (group and pairs)
  • DIY Art workshop (individual timed art-making)Aerosol Makeup and Body Art (pairs)
  • Art Competition (individual artwork of any medium or style submitted before Eisteddfod – also displayed during Arts FEST)
  • Aerosol Art – Graffiti styled Stencil Artworks (open to Senior students only – completed in workshops with the Artist in Resident)

School Musical Productions

Every alternate year the College Creative Art students, under the auspices of Mr Gavin Coles, stage a musical production. In the past few years the College has produced:

  • Disney's Peter Pan Junior (2016)
  • Disney's Aladdin Junior
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Sheerluck Holmes - Click here to view a short clip from the Sheerluck Holmes production

Arts Fest

The Creative Arts Department at Calvary host an annual Arts Fest to highlight the College’s outstanding and professional perform creative arts program for Middle and Senior students. This event also includes a display of student's work in the Art Gallery set up in the Calvary Community Centre, live music by budding performers, photography competition and Aerosol Artist-in-Resident workshops. A highlight for all the Calvary Community to enjoy.

The D3 Project

D3 is a distinctive of the Carbrook Junior School which was conceived in 2014 and then launched at the commencement of 2015.
As Christians we believe each child is uniquely gifted to an extraordinary measure yet not always identified at a young age. The D3 Project seeks to create an environment of opportunity for children to tap into their God-given gifts and be able to express and extend themselves through mediums such as Digital Media, Dance and Dramatic Arts.

It is now well established in the research literature that social and emotional skills are integral aspects of academic accomplishment. Students who participate in the Arts progress considerably more in their social and emotional skills, and their approaches to themselves, others and their school community. We truly believe the wellbeing of our students and our College community can be improved through this initiative, hence our motto 'Wellbeing through the Arts'.

Staff, students and parents connected to The D3 Project become automatic members of the D3 Club. We seek to broaden our member base by inviting sponsorship and involvement from local businesses. We are already well supported by Creative Dance who operate dance and drama classes in the College. If you seek to build into this exciting initiative in 2015, please contact Sue-Ellen Massey on
sue-ellen.massey@calvarycc.qld.edu.au.