Our mission for the Arts Programme at St. Mary’s School is to provide students with a brave and safe space that encourages curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and resilience. Students will inquire into the ways we express ourselves creatively, communicate ideas and feelings, and understand the impact art has on themselves, others, society, and different cultures. We believe that the Arts constitute a universal language that empowers students to venture beyond their own perceived potential and to develop an authentic voice, life skills, and an appreciation for the arts beyond the classroom.
The Arts are an integral part of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Programme, students develop through creating, performing, and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas.
It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning.
Students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts.
What is the significance of arts in the PYP?
Arts in the PYP exemplify learning through inquiry because of the emphasis on, and the nature of, the creative process.
Arts provide a unique vehicle to enhance the understanding of transdisciplinary themes by providing both students and teachers with a range of mediums with which to access the units of inquiry.
How are arts structured in the PYP?
In PYP years, art teaching and learning are infused into all areas of the curriculum. Single-subject teachers take responsibility for the different arts areas.
PYP arts single-subject areas currently include:
What is the significance of arts in the MYP?
Arts stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills.
Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the skills in context and the cultural histories of artworks, supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic worldview.
Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context.
How are arts structured in the MYP?
In MYP years 1 and 2, students select two Arts disciplines, one for Semester 1 and one for Semester 2. For example, they may choose Media Arts in Semester 1 and Dance in Semester 2.
For Year 3, students select one Arts discipline that they will take the entire year.
For MYP Music Years 1, 2 & 3 students select an ensemble option (Strings or Winds) which they will be enrolled in for both semesters. These are year-long courses. They will not be able to select another arts option for the year.
The Arts disciplines offered in the MYP are:
Visual Arts: Visual Art, Media Arts.
Performing Arts: Dance, Theatre, Music