The Arts

Hallett Cove School promotes student engagement in the Arts across Reception to Year 12. Through involvement and active participation in a range of arts forms, including visual arts, design, drama, dance, music and film, students develop confidence and explore creative ways to express themselves and their views on the world around them.

  • From Reception to Year 6 all students participate in Visual Arts activities with their classroom teachers, whilst working with specialist teachers in the Performing Arts. Students in years 3-6 have the opportunity to perform in the Wakakirri story dance challenge. Students in years 5-7 are able to be a member of our choir who perform at the Festival Theatre as part of the Festival of Music.
  • In Years 7-8 all students undertake studies in Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Drama working with specialist teachers and cutting edge resources to develop their skills and understanding of a range of core concepts, conventions, media and techniques.
  • From Year 9 to 12 students have the opportunity to engage in their chosen arts forms in greater depth, with a wide range of tailored subject options available to students.


In the Visual Arts students can specialise in art and/or design, examining the work of artists and designers to gain a better understanding of key concepts, skills and processes before applying them in practical work. Students explore a range of media and techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. Engagement in the Visual Arts promotes creativity, problem solving and personal expression and students are encouraged to exhibit their work publicly.


In the Performing Arts, students develop confidence and collaborative skills while learning about both the on-stage and backstage elements of theatre production, and public performances are held regularly. In Dance students have the opportunity to perform in a Choreographic Awards night; in an Arts Showcase; and an end of year production.


Students may also choose to explore filmmaking processes and techniques within a dedicated subject. In Drama students participate in workshops on theatrical innovators and performance techniques. Drama also provides students with the opportunity to perform in front of other year levels; participate in evening performances, and in an Arts Showcase, and end of year productions.


In music students work both individually and in groups to develop skills in their chosen instrument, and perform at a host of events both within and outside of the school environment. Instrumental music lessons are also available to students. Digital music production, recording and engineering are other key elements of the curriculum, with cutting-edge resources and technology available for students to use. From Year 10 Music can be undertaken as a Certificate 2 VET course.


At Hallett Cove School students have the opportunity to undertake instrumental music lessons with specialist teachers, both through the Instrumental Music Service and private providers.

A range of instruments are offered including;

  • Brass (trumpet, trombone)
  • Woodwind (saxophone, clarinet, flute, etc.)
  • Percussion
  • Guitar (and bass guitar)
  • Keyboard
  • Vocals

Year 5/6 students have the opportunity to join a music focus class where every student learns an instrument and plays in the class band.


Performing provides students with the opportunity to develop confidence, resilience and teamwork skills, and many students state that their most treasured memories of their time at school involve such events. Hallett Cove School has a proud tradition of involvement in renowned arts events such as Wakakirri, Come Out, Arts Showcases, Choreographic Awards Nights, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and end of year productions. Further opportunities exist for students to perform at formal school assemblies, presentation and graduation nights, open day and night, art exhibitions, theatre productions, parent showcases, talent quests and a host of other school functions and events.