An innovative approach to delivering HSC performing arts courses has given twins Paul and Frank Barbara the chance to pursue their love of dance outside the constraints of their school timetable.

The Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield students will join others from five Sydney Catholic schools to sit HSC Dance and Drama practical exams for the first time this month through ViVA!

The program began in 2017 so students at Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Sydney could access HSC Music and Music Extension courses when their own schools did not have the resources to run a class. Dance and Drama were added to the program in 2018.

It can be hard to physicalize your text.

– Paul Barbara

Students meet each Thursday for practical lessons in the industry-grade performance spaces at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood and study theory online. There are currently students from 14 schools enrolled across the five subjects.