All secondary students at St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral have many opportunities to study and perform in dance, music and visual arts through our outstanding Catholic Schools Performing Arts Program (CaSPA). We also offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
Our music program will employ a number of professional musicians as directors of the many music ensembles. Ensemble fees are in addition to the general school fee contributions and are important to cover the cost of external directors, purchasing and maintenance of instruments and equipment such as music stands, transport to venues and entry fees.
CaSPA promotes and develops student and teacher learning and collaboration through performance, workshop and mentoring opportunities. Our students will be eligible to audition for various programs CaSPA offers.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award aims to develop skills as a leader and active citizen while empowering students to explore their potential. This is achieved through a series of challenges extending the mind, body and community spirit. It is best achieved through a balanced and engaging series of goals.
The program is divided into three stages: Gold, Silver and Bronze each with its own level of commitment. During the program, at all levels, participants must complete four fields of activity.
1. Physical Recreation: Improving your physical fitness and wellbeing.
2. Service: Connecting you with your community as an active citizen giving service.
3. Skill: Develop your talents and broaden your abilities in a chosen area.
4. Adventurous Journey: Students undertake their expedition in a bush environment. developing their skills in bushcraft, teamwork and time management.
This is organised as part of the school’s program. Each stage of the award has progressing levels of commitment to each field. Students generally enter at the Bronze level in Year 9 and and achieve the Gold level in Year 11.