At St Bernadette’s each student participates in the Arts program. Students are given opportunities to experience the Arts through specific Music and Visual Arts lessons but are also given opportunities to explore Dance, Drama, Media Arts and Visual Communication Design. Students are given further opportunities to use the Arts in school events such as the Production, Show Casing Creativity and other calendar events linked to the learning in the classroom.
Along with the new Victoria Curriculum, St Bernadette’s views The Arts as an avenue that enables students to develop their creative and expressive capacities by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally. Students are both artist and audience in the Arts. They make and respond and learn to appreciate the specific ways this occurs in different disciplines.
The Arts presents ideas that are dynamic and rich in tradition. Through engaging in The Arts students are entertained, challenged and provoked to respond to questions and assumptions about individual and community identity, taking into account different histories and cultures.
The Arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and enriches Australian society. Students express, represent and communicate ideas in contemporary, traditional and emerging arts forms. In Dance, Drama and Music students explore the performing arts whilst in Media Arts, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design students explore the world of visual representation and expression.
The significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australia’s arts heritage and contemporary arts practices are explored across the Arts, and students are encouraged to respect and value these unique and evolving traditions.