The Arts at St Mary's College
St Mary's College has a long and proud history in performing arts and we are committed to providing our students with a well-rounded cultural education.
Our philosophy is to encourage disciplined work ethic the boys can be proud of, as well as encouraging involvement in a variety of performance experiences both in-school and out in the wider community.
With programs in drama, visual art, media and music, our students have the opportunity to explore their creativity, express themselves, and develop a lifelong appreciation for the arts. These programs help to cultivate the next generation of creative and culturally-aware young men.
Cultural Program (Drama, Visual Art & Media)
At St Mary’s College we believe that the arts play an important role in the education of our young men. That’s why we offer a comprehensive cultural program, encompassing the areas of drama, visual art and media.
Drama is a key component of our cultural program, with our students participating in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod Drama competition each year. This competition provides a platform for our students to showcase their acting skills, build their confidence, and compete against other schools in the region. The biennial College musical is a highlight of the drama program, giving our students the chance to perform on stage and develop their stage presence.
Visual Art is another important aspect of the cultural program at St Mary's College. Throughout the year, we host multiple art exhibitions and competitions, providing our students with the opportunity to display their work and receive recognition for their achievements. These exhibitions showcase the diverse range of styles and mediums that our students are working in and are a celebration of their creativity and talent.
The media program provides our students with the opportunity to explore the world of film-making, photography, and digital media. Our students develop their skills in these areas, gain a deeper understanding of the role that media plays in our society, and have the chance to showcase their work.
The Cultural Showcase is another highlight of the St Mary’s College cultural calendar. This event brings students together from across the school to perform, build their confidence, and showcase their talents. It is a celebration of the creativity and diversity of our students and is a testament to the quality of our dynamic cultural program.
Music at St Mary’s College offers every boy the opportunity to pursue his musical interests, to experience music, explore music and develop skills as musicians.
We believe that boys’ personal growth is significantly enhanced through the study of music. Self-confidence, teamwork, self-expression, and creativity are examples of just a few personal characteristics that music study can positively affect. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, a thriving music and artistic culture enriches the lives of all who are a part of the St Mary’s community.
In addition to the Secondary Curricular study of Music, the College offers:
- A Primary Instrumental Program for students in Years 5 and 6 to learn flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, or voice as part of their classroom Music sessions.
- Private tuition conducted during school hours by professional tutors – voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, percussion/drums, acoustic/electric/bass guitar.
- Integration into the liturgical, cultural, and social life of the College.
- A thriving co-curricular program.
The St Mary’s College ensembles include:
- Showband (New Orleans Brass Band/Jazz Band)
- Concert Band (Secondary Concert Band)
- Momentum (Junior Concert Band)
- Drumatic (Secondary Drumline)
- Junior Drumline
- Dunne’s Voices (Junior Choir)
- Vernados (Secondary Choir)
- Vibratones (Extension Vocal Ensemble)