The Arts

LEARNING AREA

Students will have the opportunity to be innovative and express their creativity through our high quality Arts’ program.

The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential.

The Arts’ program at Merredin College will entertain, challenge, provoke responses and enrich students knowledge of self, communities, world cultures and histories. The arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens.

Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Art are taught by specialist teachers at Merredin College.

Opportunities to exhibit to, or perform in front of a wide range of audiences are provided and encouraged.

Primary Arts

The Arts are an integral part of the curriculum in the primary years at Merredin College and comprise of programs in:

Music

Dance

Visual Art

 

Music

Music lessons are provided for all classes from Pre-Primary to Year 6. The lessons involve many aspects of music including singing, movement, playing, creating, recording and many others.

Years 4-6 students are also involved in playing the recorder or ukulele during each Music lesson. Each student is encouraged to supply their own recorder and bring it to each lesson.

Years 3-6 students also have a chance to audition for our Merredin College Choir. There are only 40 places so the auditioning process involves a singing element as well as reference to the student’s attitude and level of classroom behaviour. The Choir is often invited to sing at community events throughout the year and also has a small overnight camp in Perth to perform at Music Festivals.

All Merredin College students learn and sing a whole-school song at primary assemblies. This is enjoyed by all in attendance and is a highlight of primary assemblies.  Music is also a major component of the MerryDin performances at the end-of-year concert.

Music is not just a subject. It is part of our life and is enjoyed in many ways. It is our role to open children’s minds so they enjoy music in their own way. The most important thing is to be happy and have fun!

 

Visual Art

In the Visual Arts we encourage and develop the students’ creative thinking and problem solving skills through art making and art response activities in a variety of studio areas.

 

Dance

At Merredin College, students in K-6 learn basic dance routines within a range of different dance styles. Students work to explore and control movement through playful improvisation, communicating ideas through movement and the body. In Semester 2, students prepare for the end-of-year concert (MerryDin) with each class performing a song and a dance at the concert.

Secondary Arts

The Arts program at Merredin College in lower secondary comprises of:

Dance

Drama

Visual Arts

In Years 7 and 8 students rotate through each of these disciplines so that they develop a strong foundation for continued learning and skill development. Links between the different Arts disciplines become clear to students as they experience and complete each course, and apply previous learning in new contexts.

In Years 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to select a preferred discipline as a semester long course.

 

Dance

Students in Year 7 to 10 study increasingly more complex dance forms ranging from popular dance styles in Year 7/8 to Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz in Year 9/10 with the addition of Cultural Dance in General Dance in Year 11/12. Dance classes aim to increase student flexibility and strength through warm-up; develop technique and discipline through dance exercises; and increase stage presence and confidence through performance and learning routines.

 

Drama

Students in Year 7 to 10 learn increasingly more complex Drama skills such as vocal and non-verbal communication, performance devising and effective characterisation. Students study a range of performance styles, and practitioners to best support their own work as a theatre maker.

Select groups are also invited to become a part of a yearly public performance in Term 3.

 

Visual Arts

Students with a passion or aptitude for one or more of The Arts can continue to develop their talents in their senior secondary years. They can choose the following pathways:

GENERAL Dance 

General Dance at Merredin College introduces students to Dance as an Art Form with the course establishing the Elements of Dance and basics of a Dance class. Students learn a variety of steps and sequences within a range of different dance styles. Students engage in a variety of practical and theoretical tasks, which enhances their skills repertoire and choreographic skills.

The structure of the Dance course allows for both beginners and advanced Dance students to be challenged equally. Throughout the year, students are also given several opportunities to choreograph and create their own Dance works.

Units 1 & 2 in Year 11 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.

 

GENERAL Drama

Units 1 & 2 in Year 11 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.

 

GENERAL Visual Art

Units 1 & 2 in Year 11 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.

 

For more detailed information about each course, go to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) link on this page.

School Curriculum and Standards Authority

For more information visit the website:

 

Kindergarten to Year 10

The Arts
WA Curriculum Outlines

 

Year 11 & Year 12

The Arts
WACE Syllabus Content

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