The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. The four Performing Arts subjects — Dance, Drama, Media Arts and Music — share and communicate understanding and expressions of ourselves and others. The arts play a major role in the development and expression of contemporary cultures and communities, locally, nationally and globally.
The Arts communicate ideas, narratives and emotions showcasing unique identities and means of expression. In The Performing Arts, students learn through experiences as performing artists and as audiences, acquiring skills specific to The Arts subjects and developing critical understanding that informs decision-making and aesthetic choices.
The Performing Arts entertain, challenge, provoke responses and express and share the discourse and energy of communities, cultures and histories. The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Learning in and through arts traditions and cultural practices fosters social competencies and aids the development of personal identity, worldviews and global citizenship. (Adapted from the ACARA Curriculum Rationale)
At East Adelaide School, students undertake activities in the Performing Arts, specially tailored to help develop confidence, creative thinking, public speaking, listening, problem solving, team work, improvisational and performance skills. It is wonderful to see students engaging in such a creative sphere of learning and building their skills across each term. Incorporation of the students’ own interests and passions is encouraged to enhance creativity in composition, group work and performance.
The East Adelaide School Choir is another addition to the Performing Arts program. When our students reach years 6 and 7, they are given the opportunity to be involved in the Festival of Music. This is an optional subject choice and one that is extremely rewarding for all involved. Students learn a selected repertoire throughout the year and then perform with many other schools in Term 3 at The Festival Theatre.