The Performing Arts program will give students the opportunity to create and produce dramatic performances for an audience. During this collaborative process, the students will experience the different roles required to create a show. The program will be designed to connect to and further the learning happening in all the home classrooms across the school.
This program is an exciting opportunity for students to develop their creativity, confidence and communication skills - all of which are essential components of the IB vision for learning. The program will utilise the children’s inherent love of stories and storytelling. For Middle School students, they will be actively engaged in creating performances that connect to world literature as well as the world around them right now. All students will have the opportunity to create and perform poetry. We will be having great fun telling stories in many different ways, and we plan to share our work with the Seven Peaks community.
Performing Arts is a versatile method of learning that the students often find very engaging. Students will be developing all the key IB skills: thinking, social, communication, self-management and research. In creating performances, students will learn to: lead the inquiry with their ideas and questions; work collaboratively and accept many different responsibilities; listen actively and express themselves clearly; plan and commit to acting activities and rehearsal schedules; develop scripts and materials to translate an idea to practice. In addition, there will be an emphasis on developing writing skills so that writing is seen as an integral part of the performance process. Though primarily a creative-drama program, there will be some musical elements intertwined in the program.
The Performing Arts program will be aligned with the existing curriculum in the Elementary and Middle School. Performing Arts is a wonderfully natural and enjoyable way to explore and express the attributes, ideas, concepts and skills of the IB. In addition, Performing Arts will be closely connected to classroom learning, especially related to Units of Inquiry, Language Arts and Social Studies. The students ‘voice’ and ‘choice’ will be an essential aspect of the program. This will help prompt student agency so that they take full ownership of the creative process.