When you mention performing arts, most boys might think of musicals and plays, but performing arts actually covers a vast range of disciplines from music and drama to dance and public speaking. While many boys might also consider these activities enjoyable, they may not realise the academic advantages gained by those who actively participate in them.
The 2017 Trinity Arts Festival is an annual event that showcases performances and exhibitions in all facets of the Creative and Performing Arts, from drama, debating and music, to art, creative writing and lots more. Starting on Thursday 25 May the festival continues until Friday 9 June 2017.
A highlight of the event is the Trinity Friday Night Fever experience to be held on Friday 2 June 2017. Friday Night Fever offers a unique opportunity to experience the Creative Arts at Trinity Grammar School, through a variety of short performances that are repeated every 45 minutes.
Trinity Grammar School recently piloted a programme that saw 80 Year 8 students participate in a Dance Enrichment Programme that covered African Drumming, and Hip-Hop, Pop and Break Dancing. Designed to get the boys engaged with physical exercise, Activities Master Lachlan White said, “Rather than ask why dance should play a role in an all-boys school, we asked ourselves why it shouldn’t. There’s so much more to it than simply having fun – there are many health and wellbeing paybacks as well.”
2016 has been a great year for Trinity Grammar School with incredible sporting and academic achievements, excellence in Music and the Arts, not to mention the opening of two new state-of-the-art facilities. While there were many exciting events, and we’ve mentioned only a few here, you can see our Trinity highlights of 2016 captured on film below.
In a monumental collaborative art project that links with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), students from Kindergarten to Year 6 at Trinity Grammar Junior School in Summer Hill have created a unique art installation on a grand scale.
A Creative Arts classroom is not simply a place where the technical skills of painting, acting, photography, musicianship and drawing are taught. It is also a place where these skills are employed to express ideas, interrogate the world, formulate self-identity and to challenge assumptions. In fact, if you scratch the surface of any great artwork you’ll find more than just pigment … but rather, a battlefield of politics, religion, philosophy, history and culture.
Art allows students to value the lessons learned through the trials of experimentation and to understand the way in which the journey shapes the outcome. You need to prepare students for tragedies as well as triumphs. It’s what makes the final victory worthwhile.
Here are 5 ways that study of the arts can prepare children for life outside the classroom:
In an age where people seek to experience as much as they can, often virtually, the Trinity Arts Festival is proud to engage boys in real, meaningful experiences.
This year Trinity Grammar School celebrates its 20th year of hosting its renowned Arts Festival, which now includes a huge array of enriching and vibrant workshops and performances.
Exposing boys to the creative arts from a young age is very important. Afterall how do you know where their interests lie unless they are educated on the possibilities?
Here are five ways parents can encourage their sons to explore their creativity:
The understanding of the Arts and how it impacts overall student learning is changing.
Previously the education approach to the Arts was from a viewing and appreciation perspective. Students would simply go along and watch drama and music performances and attend art galleries. But today, students are at the very centre of the art making process. They are making films, composing music, painting, sculpting and creating drama productions set for the stage.
“There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.” The words of Chuck Todd, the Chief White House correspondent for the American television network NBC, succinctly captured the sentiment behind a growing theory that the study of music can create success in other aspects of life.
At Trinity Grammar School, the Music Department aims to develop activities that encourage students to work directly with the raw materials of music so that they can best discover something of its nature, vitality and the range of its expressive qualities. Philip Pratt, Director of Music, expands on this idea.