The Arts at St Mary’s is taught through two specialist classes: Visual Arts and Music
The Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking and help them understand themselves and the world. In every society the Arts play a pivotal role socially, economically and culturally. The Arts encourage the development of skills and the exploration of technologies, forms and processes through single and multimodal forms.
Visual Art is a valued component of the curriculum at St. Mary’s. Students from Foundation to Year 6 enjoy weekly specialist Art lessons. These lessons focus on the students having the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials, techniques and processes to make artworks and explore their different historical and cultural links to our society. Art work is displayed throughout the school. Every two years there is a major Art Exhibition.
“Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.” VCAA
All students from Foundation to Year 6 participate in a weekly Music class, covering many elements including: music studies, singing and playing percussion instruments. A whole school musical is held every two years.