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Welcome to Creative Arts curriculum for Secondary Education in the NSW Department of Education and Communities. This site supports teachers of dance, drama, music and visual arts in NSW public schools for Years 7-12.

For curriculum advice about Creative Arts subjects in NSW secondary schools, please contact Rach Kirsten, Creative Arts Advisor for Secondary Education.



artsVoice

artsVoice: March 2014

artsVoice is a free curriculum publication to support the implementation of Creative Arts curriculum for Years 7-12 in NSW public schools.

artsVoice is published quarterly by Rach Kirsten, the Creative Arts Advisor for Secondary Education in the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

This edition:

  • Time-based forms and the 19th Biennale of Sydney
  • Garlambirla: A musical with soul – reflections from Coffs Harbour HS about writing an original musical
  • Appreciating dance: Approaches to programming dance at Campbelltown Performing Arts HS
  • Fresh AIR: NSW implementation of the Artist in Residence initiative
  • artsVoice // your voice

Previous editions of artsVoice can be viewed on issuu.com. Take a moment to browse the archives.






The NSW context and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

Australian Curriculum: The Arts in NSW

Current status

The Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10 is not available for implementation in NSW at this time.

Teachers of all Creative Arts subjects in Years 7-10 will continue to implement current approved NSW syllabuses.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has published the national curriculum that they have developed. It can be viewed online here.

Please note the tagline on ACARA's website "Available for use; awaiting final endorsement" and the further explanation: "Endorsed in July 2013, subject to further consultation with Western Australia".

Teachers in NSW are reminded to refer to the following updates and memorandums to Principals released by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) for advice about implementation in NSW.


NSW Syllabuses update – 30 May 2014

BOSTES released the following update (30 May 2014), advising that:

"Schools must implement NSW BOSTES syllabuses."

"The Australian curriculum in the areas of The Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, and Geography are not alternatives to the NSW BOSTES syllabuses."


Memorandum to Principals - 24 July 2013

BOSTES released a memorandum to Principals - Update on NSW syllabuses incorporating the Australian curriculum (24 July 2013), advising for Creative Arts (and other K-10 learning areas not included in Phase 1), that:

"Any decisions about adopting the Australian curriculum, developing syllabuses, and planning subsequent implementation will be made only after thorough consultation with NSW stakeholders."


New South Wales syllabuses

Teachers of all Creative Arts subjects in Years 7-10 will continue to implement current approved NSW Syllabuses.

In relation to new syllabus development for Creative Arts subjects in New South Wales, the Joint memorandum to Principals Update on the Implementation of Australian Curriculum in NSW (31 July 2012) advised that:

"The Board will follow its regular cycle of curriculum evaluation and review which will identify priorities for curriculum renewal. When a current syllabus or learning area is identified for renewal the Board will take the opportunity to incorporate Australian curriculum content."


Further reading

More information about the curriculum, consultation reports, NSW responses and background reading about the development of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10 can be found here.


The importance of arts education

the importance of arts education

Listen to leading Australian artists share their thoughts about the importance of arts education. 

From left to right:
Brendan Cowell Actor, playwright, director
Meryl Tankard
Choreographer
Janet Lawrence
Artist
Chris Taylor
Political satirist 
Elena Kats-Chernin Composer
Liz Ann MacGregor
Artistic director 
Stephen Page
Artistic director
Stelios Arcadiou Performance artist 
Hossein Valamanesh Artistic director
Kim Walker Executive director 
Techa Noble
Performer 
Nigel Butterly
Composer
Peter Sculthorpe Composer
Matthew Doyle
Composer, performer
Alana Valentine
Playwright
Marion Potts
Director



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