(TAKEN FROM BISHOP TYRRELLN ANGLICAL COLLEGE)
The importance of drama and performing arts in education is significant.
Whether children have the opportunity to perform in theatre productions or help out behind the scenes, studying Drama and Performing Arts not only engages with the creative side of the brain, it also provides an ideal balance in students’ patterns of study.
It’s easy for children to become swamped in a sea of theory, which is why subjects that offer practical learning are essential.
But achieving a balanced education is just one of the benefits of studying the Arts:
Students gain important life skills as they learn the value of critical feedback, both positive and constructive.Children have the opportunity to celebrate the richness and depth of human expression in all of its forms. Through creative expression students learn to comprehend our world better and are therefore better equipped to navigate the challenges they might be faced with upon graduating from secondary schooling.Drama and the performing arts allow an avenue to develop cognitive abilities that complement study in other disciplines. For example, drama students learn to approach situations in an array of different manners which can help to develop creative thinking and new study techniques. Further, it builds confidence which benefits public speaking opportunities. The talent that students discover through the Arts can form habits which transcend all areas of study.Communication between peers is accelerated as students are exposed to group activities. This experience also provides opportunity for students to display cultural leadership qualities.Some students find their ‘voice’ while studying the Arts. They may discover they are natural problem solvers or leaders. Creative expression is a great way to build self-confidence and can be particularly beneficial for introverted and reserved children.The Arts can also be a source of solitude – a place where a child is able to shut out their surrounds and immerse themselves in a creative environment. This process allows the imagination to thrive, aiding internal exploration. It’s a natural precursor to a well-developed sense of self.The Arts can act as an agent through which a variety of emotions can be learned, rehearsed and practiced. Adolescents can find it difficult to express their emotions and so the Arts provides a great outlet for children to explore a wide range of feelings including delight, anger and unhappiness. This experience can define a child’s growing sense of independence and interdependence.
Drama and the performing arts serve to generate a rich array of reciprocal benefits for both students and our community. At Bishop Tyrrell, Drama and Performing Arts have been part of the curriculum for over a decade. During that time, we have had the pleasure of witnessing many student productions and musicals.
We have also enjoyed seeing the way in which studying the Arts have helped our students to improve their overall academic results.
All students at Bishop Tyrrell can become involved in the performing arts – musical and dramatic. From Primary School, students can participate in Music, Drama, Debating and Dance. In Year 7, students are offered a short Performance Poetry unit as part of English in addition to Performing Arts studies. From Years 9 to 12 students have the opportunity to take Drama as an elective. The opportunities are plentiful.
Our ultimate aim is to provide students with a well-rounded education, which means Drama and Performing Arts will be a strong focus for Bishop Tyrrell well into the future.
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