From the Principal - Connecting the dots in unexpected ways

Posted 21 November 2019 5:42pm

A drama student, a music student and a fine arts student walk into the canteen... The drama student says “Drama is the best subject because it teaches you …”

To look to the past with curiosity, while developing a unique artistic voice to express powerful ideas. Builds confidence and effective communication skills and encourages a healthy attitude to creative risk-taking as students develop foundational performance skills. It also manipulates dramatic elements to communicate with meaning.

Students also develop analytical and higher-order thinking skills. As more organisations value work-related creativity and innovation, drama processes and practices help young people develop skills for a range of career pathways.

The Music student says “Music is the best subject because it teaches you …”

The science and rigor of music, and the creativity and physical practice of making music on instruments and with voice. Through listening and inquiry, students also explore the humanity of music.

Young people understand music deeply and have the confidence to create music of their own. A variety of learning experiences are offered, including singing, playing on instruments in small ensembles, and writing and recording contemporary and classical music.

As students hone their performance, composition and analytical skills, they also discover the storytelling power of music and how historical events impacted composers. As their artistic understanding broadens, the students’ enthusiasm for ongoing learning and global citizenship also grows.

And the Arts student says “Art is the most ancient form of communication, it is the origin of all human societies, which used a form of symbols for communication and cave paintings to capture stories and events.” Visual art fosters curiosity and imagination, and teaches students how to generate and apply creative solutions in various problem-solving contexts.

Young people acquire an understanding of visual language and knowledge of artworks while developing key skills and techniques, including drawing and construction skills.

I hope you know by now that there is no punchline in this story; I just wanted to reflect on how important Creative Arts are to people’s education, regardless of their interests. 

Whether it’s telling compelling stories, playing music, performing drama or exploring visual expression, the Arts importantly contribute to two things: your wellbeing and innovation. (Most innovators and entrepreneurs have their learning bedded in the Creative Arts).  

Art, Music and Drama are areas where we explore our shared humanity and produce unique, personal insights into the world. Nobody can tell us to be creative, we do it to express ourselves.

Through a myriad of opportunities—both within the classroom structure and through adjacent co-curricular activities—our Creative Arts Faculty aims to allow students to practise and revel in their creativity. Being creative may sometimes mean bending, sometimes breaking the rules to come up with something new. Look closely and you will find creativity in unexpected places.

Creativity, however, is not about originality – it’s about adding value. Take a look at the history of great inventions and you’ll see that what their creators had in common was an ability to make surprising links between things that already existed and connect the dots in unexpected ways.

That is the challenge.

Mrs Anna Owen