At Stonehill, the Arts form a key component of our world-class IB curriculum. In keeping with its mission statement, Stonehill strives to offer enhanced opportunities in the Arts, integrated within the wider academic curriculum.
The Arts programme includes exploring ideas and improvising with ways to represent ideas, responding to and interpreting the Arts, developing skills and processes, and sharing the Arts through performance, presentation, or display for an audience. At Stonehill, the three dimensions namely, knowledge, skills, and enduring understandings are given equal emphasis. Learners are immersed in learning that is transferable, and work they can be proud of that has individual flair and a stamp of the personal.
The Arts Centre
Opportunity for learners to present and curate abound. They include class, grade and Primary School wide options. Performances such as a poetry slam, fortnightly community times, art exhibitions, dramatic performances, a talent show, choirs and classroom singing all add up to a programme that has meaning and is enthusiastically supported by the community.
Students in Grades 6 to 8 (M1 to M3) experience the Arts through a trimester system. This allows them to fully immerse themselves into one Arts discipline at a time, developing meaningful technique and skill, and then using those skills to fully create their own artistic work.
Students in Grades 9 to 10 (M4 to M5) can choose to specialize in up to two Arts subjects, and study those throughout the year. In M5 they take part in the Arts E-portolio, following an IB published brief to research others’ art, before creating their own original Art and then reflecting upon its reception and creative process.