At NACIS Shanghai, we believe that stage presentation and development is an important part of holistic education. Students work together in the production and rehearsal of a play, as well as the formal presentation under the spotlight, which plays a positive and important role in inspiring students' potential and cultivating their collective sense of honor.
NACIS Performing Arts programme has always been adhering to the educational concept of learning at stages and growing with them together. In performing arts such as Music, Drama and Dance, we strive to create a positive and creative atmosphere, encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves under the spotlight, which is also crucial to the formation of the IB learner profile in secondary learning stage.
Although the preparation for Performing Arts activities in the first half of the year was interrupted due to the epidemic, the Performing Arts and culture of the NACIS students have continued in more creative ways based on our philosophy “Be Ambitious”.
With the song "Love in the Heart", our chorus not only conveyed the determination of NACIS community to fight against the epidemic together, but also showed the enthusiasm for continuous creation.
The 2020 will be a challenging year for NACIS students after the outbreak. As the new teachers join us in the new academic year, our Performing Arts team is growing stronger and stronger. What kind of experiences will they bring to us?
Activity Preview for the New Academic Year
The Addams Family
As the first musical at NACIS Shanghai, it has been planned and prepared since last year. This UK based musical combines music, dance, drama and other elements to enhance students' interdisciplinary learning and stage performance ability. The cast is rehearsing under the guidance of music, drama and dance teachers during the ECA period after school and the show is scheduled to run for two days in Secondary theatre at the end of the academic year. We will invite parents and students to watch it together.
Full emotional input can stimulate the potential of students, while the challenge and confidence gained from the Performing Arts will enable them to march forward more confidently during their learning journey.
As one of Shakespeare's great tragedies, Othello is a great challenge for students in understanding language and characters. Mr. Richard, our Drama teacher, will lead a group of secondary students who love drama and dance into the world-famous play and show it to the public in the new theatre in mid-December.
In addition, Mr. Richard will invite an IB student to co-direct the play with him, and students will also control the lights by themselves. The student-led learning will lead to a more challenging learning experience.
IB Performance Events
As part of the IB program, the teaching team will also inspire students' diverse understanding of drama through various activities. For example, IB students will have four opportunities to demonstrate their learning outcomes on stage and get inspiration from their peers' performances during the academic year. Mr. Richard said: “We will observe the progress and growth of each student in this process and make corresponding periodic evaluation”.
For every student who is interested in Performing Arts, we have also provided students with an opportunity to show themselves since the beginning of the new semester. The Performing Arts team will launch a monthly performance event (Friday forum) where students are free to take the stage and show their learning outcomes both inside and outside the classroom.
We believe that the positive attitude and faith that Performing Arts brings to students will infuse their learning journey with motivation and direction. We also believe that the dedication, resilience and confidence gained from the performing arts will benefit NACIS students for a lifetime.
We have already launched many performance events in the new academic year. Let's look forward to the wonderful performance of our students.