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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25 Oct 2023
2022 Archibald Prize-winning artist Blak Douglas was deeply moved by the cultural connections and understanding exhibited by students from St Finbar’s Primary Glenbrook as he visited the school for a special Indigenous cultural presentation and to judge the school's Young Archie competition.
22 Sep 2023
Indigenous students from four Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) schools have enjoyed an unforgettable dance experience after taking part in a series of workshops and performances as part of a special program by The Australian Ballet.
30 Aug 2023
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Seven Hills has received a State Award and is in the running for a National Award for their performance ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ at Waikakirri 2023, Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools.
22 Aug 2023
Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) students in the CAPTIVATE Drama program shone brightly again at the annual Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) 2023 Intersection Festival earlier this month.
19 Jun 2023
A former student of St John XXIII Catholic College will have the opportunity to express her two biggest loves – dance and faith – at one of the world’s biggest stages.
06 May 2023
St Patrick’s Primary Parramatta students Eimear Mitchell and Sonia Sitoa were awarded scholarships to the Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) 2023 April holiday program through the theatre’s ongoing partnership with Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese’s creative and performing arts program, CAPTIVATE.
11 Apr 2023
A group of bright young superstars is preparing to take centre stage in Blue Mountains Musical Society's (BMMS) upcoming production, School of Rock.
14 Feb 2023
His is a detailed work of skulls that appears like an intricate jigsaw of memories, hers is a tale of an HSC student falling apart. But both of their series of self portraits have been given the highest honour that a Year 12 art student can attain - chosen for ArtExpress.