Thinking about how you can convey energy to an audience takes students on a journey that explores many aspects of the performing arts, from music, composition, sound effects, technology, the overture, ballet and use of gesture, physical expression, blocking, script writing and pace and lighting, just to name a few. By working as a team, students apply their learning to create a performing arts piece encompassing several arts elements that aim to constantly challenge their thinking and the way they perceive things.
Harry Roberts, a Drama teacher at BISW says by learning an art form, students develop several life skills. “I see drama as a holistically-important curriculum available in our performing arts programme. As globalisation permeates the 21st century, the ability to talk, act and communicate in a variety of formats becomes paramount. Moreover, focusing on collaboration, autonomy and respect provides young learners with the life skills that are transferable; both now and as they move into adulthood”.
Developing performing arts across our schools and showing students and our school communities how we can express ourselves, develop independent thinking, self-motivation and an understanding of the arts through multiple perspectives is an integral part of a forward-thinking education. No, we are not trying to make all our students stage ready (however if this is your vision, your child is in the right place!)
We want to create students who are curious, who share a love and joy of the arts, and who feel comfortable exploring and experiencing it. We want our students to feel that their creativity is supported in a wide range of ways and that they are free to experiment and develop many different aspects within the arts. We want to acknowledge and teach performance arts by linking music, dance and drama in a way that gives students the opportunity to express themselves fully and appreciate how this interdisciplinary subject gives them a platform to analyse and experience the nuts and bolts of real life. Why would we teach these subjects independently within a box when life is not like that?
As we roll out dance and drama across schools we are excited for students, parents and teachers to see and experience a multifaceted performing arts programme that truly embodies our Be Ambitious mind set.