The essential ingredients of the creative and performing arts are precisely those required to take on life's challenges and pursue its opportunities.Hunter School of Performing Arts Principal Jo Gray
We live in a rapidly changing world.
Technological advances and the process of globalisation are impacting every corner of the globe and the lives of us all.
The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatised the interdependency and interconnectedness that we have with others, across the street and across the oceans.
But global connectedness is also delivering stunning advances in alleviating world poverty, reducing infant mortality and eradicating some diseases.
Hunter School of the Performing Arts focuses on the role of a school in educating young people to meet challenges seen and unforeseen confidently and bravely; and to be outward looking and dynamic in taking and creating opportunities.
"The reality of the world in which we live is that it is full of challenges that test us and opportunities that we want to be able to take, or better still, make," HSPA principal Jo Gray said.
"The essential ingredients of the creative and performing arts are precisely those required to take on life's challenges and pursue its opportunities."
Creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication are just some of the higher order attributes that the study of the performing arts help nurture, along with hard work, dedication, sacrifice, energy,, a love of learning and a will to improve
"Just as important are the development of personal traits of resilience, confidence, facing and overcoming anxiety, advocating for one's beliefs, developing a social conscience, respectfully listening to the views of others, and being outward-looking," Ms Gray said.
"Students, their parents and carers at HSPA also know the hard work and commitment that students and staff make.
"They know the rewards that deep engagement with the school's curricula and extensive extra-curricular programs deliver in academic results in all subjects, performance excellence, and personal growth."