‘No education is complete without exposure to music. Music is fundamental to the creative, intellectual and emotional development of all children.’*
The Arts at the Junior School encompasses Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. In broad terms, learning in the Arts involves making and responding. Students learn as artists, by making art works that communicate to audiences. They learn as audiences, by responding critically to the Arts. These actions are taught together as each depends on the other. While the Arts is a creative endeavour, it also encourages students to become more effective at solving problems and gives them new and exciting ways of expressing themselves.
Drama and Art are taught as an integrated subject through social and cultural perspectives such as Indigenous and Asian cultures.
Drama can be selected as a full year focus arts subject or taken on a semester basis in combination with Music and Art.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Years 6-9) courses offer students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for successful study of Drama in SACE. Drama also offers the opportunity to develop their social skills, public speaking and empathy for others. At Year 9 and 10 levels the semester courses culminate in a class production that is presented to their College peers.
Both Drama and Creative Arts are offered at the SACE level. Drama offers the opportunities to include a variety of theatre skills such as set design, acting, lighting and stage direction. Major performances are presented to the public in the professionally equipped Golden Grove Recreation and Arts Centre Theatre in both the semester length Stage 1 courses and the full year Stage 2 course.
Creative Arts offers students an extended experience of performance through Visual and Physical theatre. They connect with the professional industry through excursions and have the opportunity to integrate an interest such as dance, acting, design of costume, set and digital media through the creation of originally scripted theatre presentations in the professionally equipped Golden Grove Recreation and Arts Centre Theatre.
*Australian Music Association, 2000