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Callaghan College Wallsend Campus

Callaghan College Wallsend Campus

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Creative and Performing Arts Program

What is the CAPA Program?

This program builds on the NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA) Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music syllabus content to enrich and challenge high performing Creative Arts students.  The Program offers Year 7 students the opportunity for a combined performing arts experience designed to challenge and develop their current creative skills. In Years 8 to 10, through elective classes, students can focus more specifically on one or two areas. 

CAPA Program students will have opportunities for public performance, mentoring, tutoring and access to support from Jesmond Senior Campus and the University of Newcastle. Students in the CAPA program are offered priority in whole school CAPA excursions and activities. 

In Term 1, CAPA Program students participate in a specialised CAPA Project where they are provided two dedicated hours each week to focus on their chosen discipline. Under the guidance of a specialist CAPA teacher, students work collaboratively, communicate with peers and challenge their skills through the creation of a performance or artwork. 

In addition to this targeted project, classwork, programming and assessment in all subject areas, takes into consideration the students’ backgrounds, skills and talents. The experience offered to CAPA Program students is holistic and inclusive.  While students in the CAPA program complete the same subjects as all other classes, the curriculum caters to a preferred learning style in all mandatory studies.

As part of their contribution to the CAPA program, students are encouraged to participate in a range of creative ensembles to further enhance and refine their skills. Opportunities available include the  school concert band, vocal ensemble, drama ensemble, dance ensemble and enrichment art workshops.

The CCWC CAPA Program will further develop your child’s knowledge, skills and attitudes and enable them to reach their full artistic potential as well as fully achieving in their general education. It provides students with an opportunity to work collaboratively with like-minded students in a creative and supportive environment. 


APPLY ONLINE (opens Monday 25 March 2024): Parents/Carers and the student applicant are to complete the online application form (link below). Please make sure to include a valid email address (that you check regularly) in your application, as the majority of our communication to you will be via email.  Applications close on Monday 27 May 2024. · Online applications close on Monday 27 May 2024. 

CONFIRMATION: You will be emailed confirmation of your application, along with full details regarding the CAPA Program Auditions. Please contact the Administration Office if you have not received your email by Friday 31 May 2024.  

CAPA AUDITION: Wednesday 5 June 2024. Students are required to participate in small group auditions around 15 minutes in length. Students will do a small group activity and be given the opportunity to present a short piece in their application area (performance in Dance, Drama or Music, or Visual Art students may present an artwork). 

OUTCOME: Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by mail by Wednesday 11 September. Please accept or decline the position by Wednesday 25 September 2024. 

Where the number of short-listed students exceeds the number of places available, a reserve list will be established. No further information about the reserve list will be available following initial notification by post. Should a place become available those placed on the reserve list will be notified immediately in rank order.

CAPA CHALLENGE DAY: Wednesday 4 December 2024. Incoming students join current Year 7 and 8 CAPA students for a day of activities and challenges. 

APPLY NOW: Follow the below link to apply - applications close Monday 27 May 2024. 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM - Applications now closed - please contact the school on 4951 1811 to make any enquiries about this program. Applications open for Year 7 2026 in early 2025.