Specialist Visual & Performing Arts Program (SVAPA)

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The SVAPA Program is a unique interdisciplinary program that takes students on an educational journey through the arts.

 

Overview

 

The Mount Lawley Senior Hight School Specialist Visual and Performing Arts (SVAPA) program is a unique three-year course. Led by specialist teachers, it provides immersion and extension in the Arts, with a focus on connections within disciplines. 

Since its inception, SVAPA has grown into a highly esteemed and respected program with an emphasis on participating in contemporary and emerging Arts practice. Our aim is to empower students with the skills and disposition to achieve success in their chosen career pathways beyond school.

The program was designed to meet the needs of creative individuals who could benefit from an Arts education surrounded by like-minded peers. SVAPA provides an educational journey through which students learn how to develop ideas, interpersonal skills, processes, creative and critical thinking. 

SVAPA students receive a differentiated curriculum within the Arts, alongside the core subjects of Maths, English, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science. They also have access to Digital Technology, Design and Technologies, Languages, Health and Physical Education programs.

Selection takes place in Year 6 across Music, Drama, Art and a portfolio submission. The program accepts 32 merit selected students for the start of Year 7.

Program Information Brochure

 

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SVAPA Newsletter

 

Visit the­­ SVAPA Newsletter page for the latest edition as well as back issues. 

 

Application

For more information about the Program and Application, have a look at our presentation. presentation-2023-cover2.png
 

  

To apply for a place in the SVAPA program, please use the following forms:

 

2023 Application Form

 

2023 Portfolio Checklist

 

SVAPA Portfolio Application Example

 

2023 Intake Timeline 

29th April 2022: Applications Due

23rd – 27th May 2022: Auditions and Portfolio Due

Drama and visual art auditions will commence at 3.30pm SHARP, from 23rd - 27th May 2022.

Music auditions will take place during the school day, from 23rd - 27th May 2022.

Portfolios are due at the Music Audition – please bring them to your appointment.

Students will be notified of the selection workshop dates and times by letter.

 

2024 Intake Timeline 

Information and application forms will be available in late December 2022.

 

Application Stages

 

Stage 1 SVAPA Parent Evening
(Before application)
In Term 1, the school hosts a SVAPA Information Evening for parents about the program and audition process. Please check on the calendar on the school website for further information. 
Stage 2 Application submission The first step is an Application of Interest submission. This needs to be submitted by the advertised deadline. Students will be notified of the selection workshop dates and times by letter or email. 
Stage 3 Selection process

Portfolio
Submitted at the Music audition
 

Audition
1. Drama workshop audition (Group work only)
2. Art workshop audition
3. Music audition

Stage 4 Notification

Applicants are notified in Term 2 of acceptance status.

Stage 5  SVAPA Parent Welcome Evening
(Once selected)

In Term 4, the school and parent support group committee host a Welcome Night for all new SVAPA parents. This is a delightful event to meet and mingle with other parents and your children's new Arts teachers.