The Performing Arts program at Sunshine SDS aligns with the Victorian curriculum and brings together three curriculum areas: dance, drama and music.
Drama enables students to imagine and participate in exploration of their world, individually and collaboratively. Students actively use body, gesture, movement, voice and language, taking on roles to explore and depict real and imagined worlds. They create, rehearse, perform and respond using basic elements and conventions of drama. The use of dress ups, mirrors and props are an essential part of the program.
Through dance, students express and celebrate using the body for personal, social, emotional, spiritual and physical communication. Dance has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Their active participation in dance activities promotes wellbeing and social inclusion. Students respond to their own and the dances of others using varied forms of communication such as Proloquo2Go.
Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Students use tuned and percussion instruments to express and share sound as listeners and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students. They have opportunities to experience music from a variety of genres and cultures and to choose the music that engages and inspires them. The students are encouraged to explore the skills of beat, rhythm and improvisation. Students can explore their voice using a microphone and experiment with words and sounds to communicate a message and sing songs.
At Sunshine SDS, students are offered the opportunity to be performers and members of an audience at our annual Performing Arts concert. Each participating class across the school performs a musical piece that is inspired by the talents, interests and skills of the group. A supportive audience combines Sunshine SDS staff, students and their families.
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