Learning Area – The Arts

In The Arts we want St. Patrick’s students to explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.

Dance

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Music

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Drama

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Visual Art

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Global Ideas:

·        Students will learn to create, perform through Kapa Haka, waiata and poi.

·       Students will be encouraged to think creatively and express themselves using a variety of artistic media.

·        Reflect the school’s Catholic Character through music, drama and song.

·        Students will be encouraged to respond to and value the artistic contributions of others.

·        Members of our wider school community will be encouraged to enrich the cultural life of students through the sharing of their skills and experiences.

Arts Programme
IMG_0080We run a whole school arts programme one afternoon a week in the third term.  The activities offered vary and include craft, wool art, photography, fun with food, dance, music and a radio show.  We are grateful to the assistance from parents and whanau, as without them this programme would be unable to continue.  Keep a lookout in the gallery to see some of the cool work the children produce each year.

Podcasts from the Live Radio Shows on Arrow FM are available here:  Arrow FM Podcasts

Cultural
Kapa Haka is taught to all classes throughout the school and Yr 4 – Yr 6 children who take a special interest can participate in our Kapa Haka group.  The group perform at special occasions within the school and have participated in festivals with other schools in the region.  Pupils are recognised in Year 6 with a pounamu if they have committed to three years with the group

Choir
The choir at St Patrick’s School has always been strong due to the large numbers of children wanting to join in.  We have recorded a CD, participated in the Wellington Regional massed choir at Wellington Town Hall and sung for the radio.  There have also been many performances in front of our community, from singing at Church on Sundays to featuring in school concerts and special events.  The choir will sing in Arts Splash festival in September this year.