The Performing Arts carry a high profile at St Michael’s, welcomed and respected by governors, staff, parents and pupils as fundamental to ‘whole’ education where spiritual growth and the nurturing of feeling are essential to enabling young people to experience ‘life in all its fullness’, able to cope with, and respond positively to, their role in today’s society.
It is the aim of a passionate and talented staff to foster an appreciation of the arts both through timetabled study and the extended curriculum. An engaging programme of multi-cultural arts, cross-curricular outreach and Christian Values Enrichment days promotes an energetic, creative ethos across the school. We intend that, through high quality arts presentations - worship, showcases, concerts, major productions and other school events - all pupils are able to experience the arts and recognise them as a vehicle for raising moral, social and political issues; the arts challenge them to reflect and inspires them as participant or audience to respond; we want them to see that the arts gives them a voice and that they know that their voice counts. Furthermore, we encourage our pupils to see the arts as a means of self-expression, of self-realisation and an outlet for emotion, so important in a world that places so many pressures on young shoulders.
Ultimately, we aim for our pupils to leave St Michael’s with a real appreciation that the arts offer a universal language through which a vision of the human experience can be shared and that, through the arts, they can add their own voice to the chorus of mankind. The Drama department at Saint Michael’s school is dedicated to developing the teamwork, confidence and communication skills of every pupil in the school.
Each pupil has one lesson every week at key stage three. Then they have the opportunity to develop their skills further by choosing to study the subject to GCSE level in key stage four.
We teach pupils to devise their own plays through improvisation, and also to perform the scripted works of others. We additionally ensure that pupils learn many performance support skills such as lighting, set, sound, costume and make – up design.
The Drama Department at Saint Michael’s additionally offers lots of opportunities for pupils who enjoy drama and wish to extend their skills.
There is a Drama club running within the department every lunch time. These clubs are run by the student directors within our pupil appointed Drama Council. We play games, work on improvisation skills and perform short plays.
The Drama club’s skills are frequently called upon to support school worships through readings and dramatic performances. We also collaborate with other members of the performing arts team to produce highly acclaimed work for the Shakespeare for school festival, and for the biannual school musical.
We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to get involved and get creative, and if that is you we really look forward to seeing you soon.
One lesson a week in Years 7 and 8 and can opt in Year 8.
Drama Learning Schemes