Creativity at Christ Church – the creative and performing arts
At Christ Church, each boy’s creativity is respected and valued. The School’s extensive Arts programs engage boys in creative learning experiences that develop their sense of self and provide a powerful means of nurturing each boy’s imagination and individual expression.
The Drama program focuses on verbal and non-verbal communication, improvisation skills, through to group-devised and scripted drama for stage and television. Students are encouraged to take part in at least one public performance each year in either production or acting roles.
Our renowned Midnite Youth Theatre Company, based at our Claremont campus, has contributed to youth arts in Western Australia for more than 25 years. The company presents an exciting production season each year featuring casts of Christ Church boys and students from other schools. Visiting directors, overseas tours, festival performances and unconventional venues have contributed to some of the company’s award-winning plays.
In the Senior School, all students in Years 7 and 8 study Music as part of the Arts program. However, all musically talented or keen students from Years 7 to 12 may also select Music as a specialist subject with access to state-of-the-art facilities. These students are able to progress at their own level in theory and performance and achieve outcomes at the WACE level commensurate with their ability and potential. The program includes a range of performance opportunities for boys to exhibit their musical talents.
Click here for information on Senior School instrumental lessons, senior orchestra, ensembles and bands.
The Visual Arts program is delivered with an emphasis on contemporary art practice involving the exploration and development of ideas and feelings using a range of skills, knowledge of techniques and processes. The diverse course offerings in Art, Design and Media provide students with a platform to express and communicate life experiences with an emphasis on imagination, originality and creative reasoning.
Highlights of the program include an immersion in collaboration with university experiences; a dynamic, diverse and engaging artist-in-residence program; incursions led by contemporary arts practitioners; regular excursions to a range of gallery spaces; and the annual art exhibition which highlights the Year 12 graduating cohort alongside the works of art students from other year groups. The annual Impressions magazine showcases students’ visual art in collaboration with literary works.
The boys also have an opportunity to extend themselves outside school hours in After-School Art where they can work on individual projects and participate in their House Visual Arts project, set as part of the Beatty Cup challenge, under the guidance of an art specialist.