The St Andrew’s Drama department is fully committed to engaging students in the Performing Arts genre of Drama through both curricular and extracurricular events. Class time is jam-packed with our dedicated teachers delivering highly creative and practical lessons. Students are able to enjoy this experience in the comfort of our fully equipped studio type rooms. Entering the Drama room immediately immerses one into a world of professionalism, where experimentation in learning is both encouraged and celebrated. The world of technology continues to expose our students to wonderful opportunities such as partaking in the live-streaming performance from Belvoir Street Theatre earlier in the year.
Every year our College is host to visiting theatre troupes such as Bell Shakespeare, Shake n Stir and Arts Link. Students from Years 6 through to 12 are given the chance to see high-quality live theatre without having to leave the grounds of the College. Additionally, excursions regularly take place whereby companies such as The Young Company and the Jute Theatre are made accessible to our students via a theatre visit. The students themselves are given plenty of chance to perform through involvement in Easter Liturgies, Arts Fest, and school-based plays and musicals.
In the Junior Years (Prep - Year 5): Students will follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2016 we will be implementing Version 8 Australian Curriculum for Learning Areas. This rollout will be completed in 2017. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines. Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Junior Years staff are responsible for the selection of the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can take place at all times.
In the Middle Years (Years 5 - 9): Students complete compulsory units of Drama in Years 6 and 7 studying Storytelling through Drama in Year 6 and The Dreamtime in Year 7. In Years 8 and 9 students are able to choose from electives covering topics ranging from Monologues and Shakespearean Studies to Puppetry.
In the Senior Years (Years 10 - 12): Students may elect to study Drama in Year 10 as Electives covering a diverse range of topics such as Clowning and Improvisation. In Years 11 and 12 students may complete Drama as a fully certified ATAR subject. Students studied included Greek Theatre, Political Theatre, Realism and Commedia dell'arte.