The Arts is a key learning area at Sts Peter and Paul’s School in which students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in dance, drama, music, visual arts and combinations of arts forms. The Arts develop students’ sense of personal and cultural identity and equips them for lifelong involvement in, and the appreciation of the arts.
“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process”Henry James
At Sts Peter and Paul’s School, the arts bring joy to learning and enhance worship. The use of music, drama and visual art help to involve the students more fully in school liturgies and class prayer. The students’ exposure to the Arts is not limited to their specialist lessons but permeates the curriculum across all year levels. The Arts integrate life and learning for all students and they are important in the development of the whole person.
This strand of the arts is included in the students’ timetable as a specialist music lesson each week for all classes from prep to year 7. We focus on making music and developing the students’ ability to think and express themselves through sound.
The organisers of the music strand are:
Included in the weekly timetable is a choral program for both Junior and Senior Students. Visiting instrumental teachers offer the opportunity for students to learn an instrument as an extra-curricular activity.
This strand of the arts in covered by classroom teachers and during the specialist lessons of Music, Drama and Physical Education. The students focus on the aesthetic ordering of movement and the use of gesture and motion to capture and convey ideas and express feelings.
The organisers of the dance outcomes are:
The annual Sts Peter and Paul’s End of Year Concert is a wonderful opportunity for the students to rehearse and display their dance and movement skills.
The Drama strand of the arts is also included as a specialist lesson each week in all students’ timetables. The students focus on expressing and communicating their ideas. They develop confidence and self-awareness as they collaborate to prepare and present Drama.
The organisers of the Drama outcomes are:
The skills gained during speech and drama lessons are on display as students present on assemblies, at liturgies and the end of year concert.
This strand of the arts is included in the students’ cl assroom lessons. The Visual Art strand focuses on students making, displaying and appraising images and objects. The students gain satisfaction and enjoyment through artistic expression.
The Organisers of the Visual Arts strand are: