The Arts learning area focuses on the aesthetic understanding and arts practice developed through visual arts, music, drama, dance and cultural awareness.
Boys are encouraged to develop creative ways of expressing themselves as well as a critical appreciation of their own works and those of others.
The Art Programme promotes creative problem solving and self-expression through collaborative art experiences that motivate, challenge and develop boys' art understanding, appreciation and skill. It concentrates on developing self-generated imagery, and the confidence to use tools and media in a skilled way.
The programme includes drawing, design and picture making, printmaking, fabric and fibre arts, three-dimensional construction and ceramics at all year levels. The Week of the Arts, Artist in Residence and collaborative projects with the Senior School are some of the many highlights of the programme.
The Music Programme requires students to use skills in listening, singing, moving, playing, improvising, composing, interpreting, arranging and using new technologies. They respond to and evaluate music and are expected to reflect in their own work their exposure to music from various cultures, historical periods, and the music of other students.
Creative projects and theory knowledge are designed to help prepare boys for participation in the co-curricular music programme and continuing music education in the Senior School. Instrumental lessons are also offered in the Music Department.
The Cultural Studies Programme, taught to Pre-Primary to Year 3 boys, is about creating dance, drama, story and symbols to explore and celebrate world festivals, customs, traditions, beliefs and values. Guest speakers, cultural and performance groups and parents enhance the programme, with opportunities to perform in school and community events.
Boys in Years 4 to 6 can join the iMove Physical Theatre Club activities after school; become a Dramatic Arts monitor (in Years 5 and 6); or participate in the Year 6 drama production staged in conjunction with the Senior School's Midnite Youth Theatre Company.