Dan AllsoppYoung people live in an increasingly complex web of interacting cultures and subcultures. They need a learning environment that promotes imagination, critical thinking, cultural engagement, communication, creativity and problem-solving. Drama provides this learning environment, both as an art form and as an aesthetic way of knowing that integrates oral, kinaesthetic, visual and aural dimensions, and sign systems.

Drama explores and celebrates the human presence within real, imagined and mediatised worlds. It connects students to their own creative processes and provides opportunities for them to imagine themselves as others exploring beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across diverse situations. Through engagement with drama, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills of dramatic languages and dramatic perspectives (heritage – before 1980, and contemporary – after 1980). They apply them to a creative investigation of the world and their place in it.

All boys in Years 7 to 10 study a semester of Drama each year. Students in Years 11 and 12 can choose Drama as an elective subject for their Senior program.


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