Arts are integral to the teaching and learning at Clearwater Bay School. We believe they are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives.
Our students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media and technologies. The PYP recognizes that not all learning can be supported solely through language, and that arts as a medium of inquiry also provide opportunities for learning, communication and expression. Learning about and through arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social interactions.
At Clearwater Bay School arts are identified as:
Each of these art forms is a significant discipline in its own right, but the transdisciplinary nature of the arts gives them relevance throughout the curriculum and where possible we find opportunities to infuse arts teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Arts promote attitudes such as empathy and appreciation, and skills such as analysis, that help us to see the uniqueness of each person as well as explore the commonalities that connect us.
Two common strands apply across the different art forms and define the critical artistic processes. These are responding and creating.
At Clearwater Bay School, we evoke a creative response to music through singing, playing instruments,composition and movement providing musical activities that develop musical concepts and skills sequentially. We develop awareness of different cultures and traditions and encourage the enjoyment of live performance.
Co- curricular music plays a large and vital role in the school life: Junior and Senior Choir, Chinese Singing and Dancing, recorder, xylophone, Chinese Drumming, Theatre Club, Ukulele, Art Club, plus music lessons offered by various of specialist instrumental teachers.
Clearwater Bay students have the opportunity to participate in and share their arts learning and interest in various ways; as part of a choir, the biannual concerts, the Year 6 exhibition, class presentations, as part of the student conferences, assemblies, exhibitions and showcases.