Drama is an expressive art form that develops our children's artistic and creative abilities from Early Learning to Year 12. Dramatic play, dance and movement are important aspects of our ELC programmes which encourage our children to explore different modes of expression. Our primary school students participate in a range of dramatic activities at both Bostock House (ELC-Year 4) and Toorak Campus (ELC-Year 6), developing an understanding of fantasy and reality, exploring feelings and issues, as well as using a variety of drama skills, such as mime, improvisation, role-play, movement and use of voice.
Drama is an elective subject at Middle School (Years 5-8), with an emphasis on creative and confident expression. Years 5 and 6 students experience creative movement, learn techniques for improvisation and mime, and are encouraged to experiment with a variety of styles to communicate their ideas. Years 7 and 8 students move beyond game-playing and improvisation into the types of activities which require greater technique and invention.
Drama is an elective subject in Year 10 as a one semester course which provides an introduction to acting skills complemented by discussions on applied stagecaft, theatre history and play excerpts. Students learn the elements of theatrical production: stage and set design, lighting, costume, make-up and sound. Ensemble rehearsals build towards a dramatic production that is performed for a public audience.
The School offers both the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Years 11 and 12. VCE Theatre Studies offers a balance between the craft of performance and the skills of production. The subject offers four units of study, exploring elements of stagecraft, performance and production as well as focusing on research and interpretation. In the IB, Theatre Arts encourages practical engagement in all levels of theatrical conception and applied stagecraft as well as developing critical thinking, reflective analysis and the technical skills required for students to express themselves creatively.
For more information about our Academic Programme please open our 2016 Curriculum Guide.