Pupils at St James’ Parish School have been exploring their creative and artistic passions to perfect performances and artworks for the school’s annual arts festival.
During this term, children at St James’ have collaborated across year levels to develop skills in choreography, ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance, songwriting, musicianship, art making, comedy, puppetry, commedia dell'arte, filmmaking and direction.
And in doing so they’ve been free to explore more deeply the artistic pursuits that interest them the most.
“Throughout this process children have developed their interpersonal capabilities and developed their wonderful artistry,” said teacher Dan West.
“Our children are curious and creative. They have explored a range of performance genres and arts mediums and the festival is a wonderful opportunity for our children to share their learning with the wider community.”
The arts festival, which runs from 5pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, will have five performances stages running throughout the evening and an outdoor cinema, science and art installations, and community performances.
“St James’ has a beautiful design to it, in that children can explore their passion and interests no matter what grade they are in. Children from prep to grade six explored all the genres then decided on which performance, or visual arts, they wanted to explore more deeply,” Mr West said.