Dance

In Year 8, Dance students continue to use improvisation skills to build on their movement vocabulary. They choreograph dances using the elements of dance (BEST) and choreographic devices for a purpose. They further develop their dance skills to explore the technical aspects of different dance styles. Students are given opportunities to present dance to an audience, further developing their performance skills of retention and clarity of movement, projection, focus and expression. They discuss how dance can communicate meaning and how dance genres/styles differ.
Genres studied include elements from Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz.

Pathway: Year 9 Dance

Prerequisites: Nil

Drama

Throughout the year students will build on their Year 7 Drama experiences by enhancing their acting skills, confidence and developing and refining group-work skills in our spacious Drama Studio. Through the study of the Elements of Drama, students learn how to create strong dramatic meaning for effective performance. Drama is a highly practical subject that uses drama games, movement and script work as a means of learning.

Pathway: This course leads to Year 9 Drama.

Prerequisites: Nil

Music

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. - George Eliot

Music is listening, playing, creating, and simply something to brighten our lives. We hope to not only establish an appreciation of music but to introduce the students to the joy that music and music creation can bring.

In Year 8 the Music course reinforces and builds upon the basic skills learnt in the Year 7 Taster Course. The focus is on expanding knowledge and understanding of musical notation (including Tab and bass clef notation), composition, performance on keyboard and ukulele and also an introduction to using music software (Sibelius, BandLab and GarageBand).

Pathway: Year 9 Music
Prerequisites: Nil