The Arts


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At Robina State High School we have three specialist Arts Programs on offer to students: Drama Extension, Dance Troupe and Instrumental Music. 

Why Study the Creative Arts?

The Creative Arts equips students with higher order thinking skills needed to solve complex real-world problems.

The 21st century skills inherent in the Arts:

  • ​creativity
  • collaboration
  • critical thinking
  • communication
These identified skills form the foundation of content and pedagogy within the Robina High School Arts signature programs.

Delivering authentic learning experiences that challenge our students to think beyond a conventional response is at the forefront of our teaching and learning. This is because future employment and products will rely on the creative capacity of people to ideate, think critically, communicate effectively and to take risks. 

Drama Extension

Build your child’s confidence while developing communication, interpersonal and 21st Century skills by enrolling in Drama Extension. The course is open to Year 7 and 8 students who are interested in building their capability in acting and performance. Students will be committed, passionate and willing to perform in public. Entry into the course is by audition – see “How to Apply”.  

How it Works

Students enrolled in Drama Extension will attend 2 x 70 minute timetabled lessons where they will complete the Australian Curriculum requirements for classroom Drama. In addition to this, students will attend an afternoon class running from 3:00pm – 4:30pm in which students will partake in specialised workshops with both classroom teachers and industry professionals. Students will hone their acting and performing skills by participation in full-scale productions, competitions and showcase.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Participation in the annual Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival – Junior Section 
  • Drama Showcases – performed to parents and the school community
  • Involvement in other Arts events (street theatre, small scale productions)

Future Pathways

Years 9 and 10:

  • Curriculum Drama
  • Participation in Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival – Intermediate Section

Years 11 and 12:

  • General Drama (ATAR)
  • Drama in Practice 

Dance Troupe

Dance Troupe is an extra-curricular program that provides students with the opportunity to train with industry professionals and choreographers, within an exciting, vibrant and supportive environment. Students can audition for Junior Dance Troupe (Years 7, 8 and 9) or Senior Dance Troupe (Years 10, 11 and 12), and HIp Hop Troupe (7-12), and will be accepted based on their technical ability and performance skills. Dance Troupe students are committed, passionate, enthusiastic and have experience performing on stage.

How it Works

Dance Troupe students will attend 1 x weekly rehearsal (usually for 1 hour), where students receive specialist training in Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz and Hip-hop dance styles. They will also choose Dance as their “GC6 - Cluster Sport” preference, to attend workshops with choreographers and polish their Eisteddfod routines. Extra rehearsals may be required in the lead up to Eisteddfod and concert performances. Students can also choose Curriculum Dance in Years 7 & 8 with 2 x 70 minute timetabled lessons during school time.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

    -    Gold Coast Eisteddfod, Quota Beenleigh and Starbound
    -    Dance Night, Showcase and Danc’eD in the Spotlight at HOTA​

Future Pathways

Years 9 and 10:
    -    Curriculum Dance
    -    Senior Dance Troupe – ongoing representation in competitions
Years 11 and 12:
    -    Dance in Practice
    -    Certificate IV in Dance – delivered in conjunction with Global Dance Pro

Instrumental Music

The Instrumental Music department at Robina High is a busy hub of great musicians taking on many performance opportunities. Our bands perform for our school and wider community of the Gold Coast. We also undertake to performing tours to other parts of Australia.

Instrumental Music inherently develops students’ sense of responsibility as well as commitment and teamwork skills through their participation in ensembles. Learning an instrument also boosts resilience by fostering the ability to work towards long-term goals. Learning an instrument has also been proven by numerous studies to enhance brain function and boost academic scores.

Many Instrumental students are amongst the top achievers academically and manage to successfully balance their academic, cultural and sporting interests.

How it Works

Instrumental Music is a co-curricular program, where small group instrument lessons work in conjunction with the regular school timetable. Our program includes: 2 Concert Bands, 2 Stage Bands, a String Ensemble and a Percussion Ensemble. The ensembles rehearse once a week, either before or after school. 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

    -    Gold Coast Eisteddfod
    -    Local primary school tours
    -    Band tours within Australia
    -    Participation in school lunch concerts and flash mobs

Future Pathways

Years 11 and 12:
    -    General Music (ATAR)
    -    Music Extension (ATAR)
    -    Music In Practice
    -    Certificate IV in Music

How to Apply





In person auditions dates are currently set for 10 March and 15 June. 
(These dates are subject to change due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, please check our social media accounts closer to the date to confirm). 

Instrumental Music

​Students who have participated in Instrumental Music lessons in primary school will receive automatic entry into the program. Questions regarding experience in Instrumental Music will form part of the general enrolment interview. Sometimes, in the stress of the transition to high school, students want to give up, before they give it a try. We recommend that all parents encourage students to commit to at least a semester of Instrumental Music in high school.​


Last reviewed 20 February 2023
Last updated 20 February 2023