Red Hill School

An ACT Public School
Open Hearts Inquiring Minds


The Arts

Arts – dance, drama, music and visual art are integral to the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).  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.  Our schools program of inquiry provides a relevant and authentic context for students to create and respond to the arts.  Wherever possible, arts are taught through the units of inquiry and should support students' inquiries.  We use the PYP Arts Scope and Sequence document to provide information about the learning that is going on in the subject area of the arts. 

Creating dance involves inquiring into the rhythm of music, the natural rhythm of our bodies and the environment around us.  At Red Hill School, students have opportunities to discover their own motivations and influences to inspire their movements.

Teaching and learning experiences for drama explore how we express ourselves physically and vocally.  In creating, students explore the use of facial expression, gestures, movement, posture and vocal techniques to convey emotional and cultural meaning to both characters and stories.  Students at Red Hill School are exposed to a variety of dramatic forms including creative movement, impersonation, improvisation, mask work, mime, musical, role play, pantomime, puppetry, enactment, scripted drama and skit.

Music is both an active and reflective process when making and listening to it.  We teach students to draw on a range of sources in their music learning: music composed by themselves and other students; music composed by musicians; literature; painting; dance, their own imagination; real-life experiences; feelings; values and beliefs.  Students at Red Hill School are exposed to performances as well as recordings.  They also have the opportunity to participate in live performances – informal as well as formal, allowing them to work collaboratively and gain an awareness of audience.Students are given many opportunities to create and respond to visual art.  Throughout their education at Red Hill School, students are exposed to a broad range of experiences that illustrate the field of visual arts, including architecture, book making, ceramics, collage, costume design, drawing, graphic design, film, illustration, jewellery, land art, mask making, painting, performance art, photography, print making, set design, textiles and woodwork.  Through many numerous guest speaker appearances and visiting art galleries, museums, exhibitions and theatres, students will appreciate the depth and breadth of the field by experiencing visual arts created by diverse artists – locally and globally, now and in the past, by women and men and by people from different backgrounds.

Drumming for years K to 6

All students at Red Hill School participate in West African Percussion lessons throughout the year.  Students learn how to play traditional rhythms from Guinea Conakry on djembe and dundun drums.  Students learn about the natural materials used to make the drums and also the cultural background of the rhythms.  The program is very popular with students and engagement in the lessons is very high.

Wassa Wassa - Wassa Wassa are the special West African percussion performance ensembles from Red Hill School.  Currently there are 5 groups at the school.  The year 4,5 and 6 ensembles are taught by specialist teacher Dan Graetz and the year 2 and 3 ensembles are taught by members of the year 6 ensemble as part of a school leadership program.  To be a part of Wassa Wassa, students are chosen from an audition and then commit to a weekly lunchtime rehearsal.  The groups perform traditional West African rhythms on djembe and dunduns drums and accompany the percussion with singing.  The ensembles perform at a very high standard independently of their teacher.  The groups perform at school and inter-school events.  The year 6 ensemble has been recognised for their excellence by being featured on WIN News and YouTube and being invited to perform at many important events such as the National Multicultural Festival, Africa Day celebrations, Ghana-Australia Association events, The Royal Canberra Show, Step into the Limelight and Australia's got Talent.

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