We believe that every student possesses a range of creative abilities, and it is our responsibility to discover, nurture and celebrate these talents. We aim to develop students who have a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of the arts. Our students will develop an appreciation of different areas of the arts and will learn to love different styles, genres, methodologies etc. We want all students to feel that they are creative and can create and improve, no matter what their preferred area of the arts is. Students should leave SJI International having had a fun and inspiring journey through the Arts.
In Grade 7 and 8 in Art, Music and Drama, we teach a foundation IGCSE course where the curriculum is based on elements of the UK National Curriculum, the MYP (the IB Middle Years Programme) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). In Grade 9 and 10 we teach IGCSE Art, Music and Drama, following the Cambridge Syllabus. The Grade 10 FIB curriculum is based on the first year of the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) to fully prepare the students for the IBDP course. In Grade 11 and 12 we teach IB DP Visual Arts, Music and Theatre.
Our Approach to Learning
We place emphasis on building students’ confidence within the Arts, and building on skills they already have while at the same time introducing them to a wide range of techniques and approaches in each subject area. We aim to create independent learners who are able to learn about the arts, using a wide variety of learning styles: working by themselves, in pairs and in groups. As well as teaching the students about the individual disciplines of Art, Music and Drama, we use project-based learning where the students take more ownership of their learning and working collaboratively.
We encourage our students to use deeper thinking skills to solve problems, and to use their knowledge and expertise to support each other. Students are encouraged to use different forms of technology where appropriate. This will be slightly different in each of the disciplines of Art, Music and Drama, but we encourage students to use technology to support their learning wherever possible.
Students may present their work in a variety of forms – through a wide variety of musical concerts, productions, Drama night, presentations of drama work to other classes, Art exhibitions, Art displays, and of course our bi-annual large Musical production.
The Head of the Arts Faculty is Mrs Samantha Higgins.