Learning and performance opportunities that connects students with Australia's leading creative arts professionals and their wealth of experience and networks
Catholic school students in the Diocese of Parramatta from Years 5 to 12 are encouraged to become a part of our creative and performing arts program, CAPTIVATE.
Whether just starting out or already accomplished in dance, drama, music or art, there’s something for everyone!
CAPTIVATE is committed to nurturing and developing student confidence and unlocking potential.
CAPTIVATE is home to a diverse and exceptional range of Australia’s leading industry professionals and specialist teachers. They know precisely how to share their passion and knowledge of techniques, style and performance expertise with our students, also showing them how to break into the creative and performing arts world. They focus on making creative and performing arts enjoyable to everyone, in a supportive and professional environment.
Whether you are a student or a school, CAPTIVATE has creative arts opportunities for you to be involved in.
Arts Factor is a free program of events that enables schools to share their arts learning and talents with each other. There will be many genre-specific Arts Factor events throughout the year. These events will take the form of Learning Exhibitions, Eisteddfods, Workshops and Projects.
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16 Nov 2022
The talent of Catherine McAuley students has helped raise $2470 for the Jesuit Refugee Service! The annual McAuley’s Got Talent competition was organised this year by Veritas, Caritas and Coolock Houses with the much anticipated final held on Friday afternoon.
14 Nov 2022
The two lead roles for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast have just been announced and Box Hill resident Brendan Xavier (a former student at Marian College Kenthurst) will star alongside Shubshri Kandiah in the iconic production which will have its Australian premiere at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre next year.
28 Oct 2022
Former St John XXIII Catholic College Stanhope Gardens student and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta CAPTIVATE creative and performing arts program alumna, Emily Sinclair, is set to make a name for herself on stage and screen after recently graduating from the Actors Centre Australia (ACA).
26 Oct 2022
After three long years, St Andrews College Marayong’s Creative Arts Night returned to its traditional live format and rocked the night away in front of hundreds of staff, students and families.
04 Oct 2022
Students, teachers and parents from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are collaborating on an important learning project to more deeply understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Dreaming and their connection to Country and identity.
22 Aug 2022
Talented drama students from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s (CEDP) creative and performing arts program, CAPTIVATE, performed at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) 2022 Intersection Festival earlier this month.
12 Aug 2022
The film Toy Story 3 inspired Emmaus Catholic College graduate Kyla Vasallo to follow her passion for art and animation. With stellar support from family, friends and teachers, she completed school with flying colours and recently saw her animation-based HSC Industrial Technology project selected for the prestigious InTech 2022 exhibition.
27 Jun 2022
A passionate educator and an esteemed musician, Our Lady of the Nativity Lawson music teacher Fiona Hill continues to build on her reputation as an emerging Australian composer after being named the inaugural winner of the prestigious Cipriani Film Scoring Competition based in Italy.