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.

Performing Arts

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.

Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12 Drama studies culminate in performances in the College Theatre.

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.

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.

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.

Mid-year and end of year dance recitals enable students to demonstrate their learning, creativity and flair.

St Helena Performing Arts Academy

Northern Youth Performing Arts
Academy of St Helena Secondary College



To provide a trans formative, industry-standard learning experience to St Helena students and position the college as a state leader in secondary performing arts.

Excellence in performing arts

To deliver industry-standard productions

To showcase exceptional student talent to community and external audiences

To achieve college recognition through awards and other channels

To build student pathways to professional training and work

Student capability, leadership and wellbeing

To identify, nurture and grow student performance talents and technical skills

To foster leadership skills and provide students with opportunities to create and deliver their own work

To provide an inclusive, supportive and caring environment

School-wide and community engagement

To strengthen cross-curricular links, and involvement of college staff

To increase parent engagement

To engage alumni students and build an alumni network

To develop new community partnerships

WHAT NYPA includes

Weekly after school performing arts training

Every Monday of the school calendar year students will develop performing arts skills in voice, drama and dance as well as enhance confidence, wellbeing, self esteem and leadership skills. Students across all year levels will work together to stage performances and run workshops at local primary schools, community events and performance seasons at the college. NYPA aims to embed a culture of inclusion, student leadership, peer mentoring and excellence.

The training includes:

Alumni-led workshops: Technique training in a variety of styles of dance, voice and theatre such as

Dance: Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway repertoire, Commercial, Strength and Flexibility, Ballet and Tap.

Voice: Commercial, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Song Writing, Music theory.

Theatre: Character Development, Building Confidence, Movement for Actors, Improvisation, Musical Theatre, Comedy and Acting for Screen.

  • Industry incursions with external experts.
  • Learning, rehearsing and performing dynamic shows and running student-led workshops.
  • Students will still have the opportunity to participate in all co-curricular programs in and out of school.

Student-led workshops

NYPA will connect with the local primary schools offering grade 5 and 6 students an immersive performance and workshop experience aimed at educating engaging students in performing arts. The workshops also aim to foster leadership skills and confidence, promote St Helena Secondary College’s rich performing arts programs and develop skills of local young people and support the transition into high school for potential students.

Performance opportunities

NYPA students will have many performance opportunities over the year including presentation nights, college showcase, performing arts fundraisers, community events and many more.

Professional theatre performances

NYPA students will attend professional and amateur theatre performances across terms 1, 2 and 4. Students will attend a variety of shows including Musical theatre, Dance and Theatre shows with Q & A’s, theatre tours, workshops with professionals to build performance skills, artistry and understanding of theatrical elements.

Explore 360 o View – 2021 SHSC Virtual Art Exhibition

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.

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