Expression through the Arts and Design

Posted 21 November 2019 5:32pm

Study in the Arts and Design subjects has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. They give students the opportunities to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their ideas. Critical and creative thinking and intercultural understanding are at the heart of the Arts subjects and provide students with another language as a way to communicate.

Graduates of our subjects have gone on to further study and pursue career opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Later in this edition of the eNews you can read about one of our most recent success stories, Nancy Xia.

From next year, we will be introducing Design and Emerging Technologies, while Media will be moved into the Faculty as well.

We pride ourselves on our cross-curricular activities, support of co-curricular events and service learning. These are highlighted with Design and Textiles students making costumes and props for musicals, drama productions and dance fest as part of their assessment. Art students designing and making sets. Design and Food students in the What the World Eats unit designing and making the catering for drama productions. Textiles students making garments for Uniforms for Kids charity and Food students making meals for Oz Harvest.

On that note, I’ll pass over to the current Captains in the Arts and Design space, and let them explain why they have been drawn to the creative life.

Elizabeth Chase
Head of Creative Arts Faculty


Bianca Armstrong – Textiles and Design Captain

The students of textiles and design have been given opportunities for travel, broadening their horizons to a greater understanding of culture. I have taken this course to support my own career ambitions to study fashion design. With a focus on the portfolio, this allows students an avenue to tertiary study rather than just focusing on an ATAR.

Lukah Tuan – Photography Captain

This year we were very lucky to have a photography competition showcased at the School Fete and with over 100 entries, it was a huge accomplishment for the girls who placed in the top three. A visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales earlier this year allowed us to explore the different themes and techniques used in artists work. For students who are planning on taking photography in future years, the exploration into other photographers work really helps to broaden your creativity and attention for detail. A strong photography portfolio can open up opportunities for students looking to apply for Arts, Media, Design and Architecture degrees.

Brielle Papa and Mya Ruberto – Dance Captain and Vice Captain

We want to thank every student who has been a part of the CGGS Dance community this year, particularly those girls in Dance Fest. This year’s senior piece was inspired by the theme Generation Next and the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing. Choreographed by the Year 11 and 12 Dance class we got a little bit imaginative, exploring the idea of a courageous girl searching for a new planet, her encounters with new alien lifeforms and an evil queen. We dedicated our performance to Dr Willsher for his passion for the Moon landing and his positive spirit. With some of the Year 12 students having been part of Dance Fest for four, five and even six years running, it was a bittersweet performance, to say the least.

Lily Simatupang – Art Captain

Art is a subject that allows students to experiment with things we wouldn’t otherwise dream of doing. It lets us apply elements from other subjects to our creative efforts - like IT, Mathematics and History - to explore endless possibilities and ideas. The body of artwork that we build up can lead to any range of paths from curatorship to marketing. I hope that everyone taking art next year has fun and creates some amazing work.

Noa Zwikael and Mady Cocking – Drama Captain and Vice Captain

Drama holds a very special place in our hearts and we would like to share with you what it means to us and how it has, and will continue to, help us in the future.


The stage is a place where I get to connect with my emotions and focus on the joy and happiness that performing brings me. I get the opportunity to be someone that I’m not, and the chance to put myself in someone else's shoes, seeing life through a completely new perspective. This has helped me to be a more empathetic person.


Drama creates relationships that will never break, and strengthens the ones you already have. It has introduced me to someone who has changed my life, someone who I know will be there for me through thick and thin even when she leaves the School next month, she will remain as someone who I trust with my whole heart and will never let go of. Even though she’s younger than me, I know I can go to her for advice and she can come to me. And that’s something drama gave me, that nothing can ever take away.

Thank you to Elizabeth Chase, Head of Creative Arts Faculty, for working with the various Captains to create this article.

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