Music & The Arts
At ISWA, we live and breathe music, drama and the visual arts – they are all a big part of our academic curriculum, as well as within our co-curricular programmes. Our atmosphere allows for ultimate self-expression.
Music classes work on developing aural and theory skills in pitch and rhythm through multiple types of games activities. Practical sessions using a multitude of instruments is a strong focus, where the students have access to tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments such as the xylophone and Djembe, as well as electric, acoustic and classical guitars, electric bass, drum kit, keyboard and piano.
The students research, analyse and perform different styles of music through the ages from Western Art Music, World Music, the Blues, Rock and contemporary styles in small ensembles and as soloists.
Students also have multiple opportunities to express their own individual style through composition and performance inside and outside the classroom.
Outside of school hours there are many extra-curricular activities that students can be a part of including Celtic Band, Choir, Rock School and Musical Productions.
Visual Art from Kindergarten to Year 12 is a dynamic department, always busy exploring exciting project briefs from painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and digital art. Our students are always engaged and expressing themselves.
We actively get involved in local competitions and exhibitions including the Sean Tan Art awards, The Black Swan Portraiture prize and Town of Cambridge Exhibition. We endeavour to expose our students to a numerous art and design mediums, subject matter and art from a historical perspective as well as contemporary artists and movements.
Our international mindedness and cultural awareness is constantly explored with briefs that allow the students time and space to create pieces from their individual and diverse backgrounds.
Our annual Art and Design Expo is a highlight on our calendar and is used also as the final exhibition assessment for our senior art students. We also have guest artists at the exhibitions and for workshops.
Our senior students have also had the honour of being involved in the creation of public murals including most recently at an orphanage in Bali.
At ISWA, Drama is an integral part of the curriculum with all students in Kindegartern to Year 10 engaged in rigorous and inspiring creative performance work. At Year 11 students may choose to select the Theatre Diploma Programme which is a multifaceted and dynamic course for making theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers.
The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile complements the Drama courses at ISWA and students are encouraged to become knowledgeable and inquiring performers, communicating imaginatively with open-minded and risk-taking approaches. Drama at ISWA fosters personal best opportunities through a nurturing, supportive learning environment with a distinct focus on the relevancy of the transferable drama skills in the 21st century.
Drama at ISWA includes curricular opportunities such as the whole-school Arts Festival and the annual School Production, as well as evening showcase performances of scripted excerpts based on local and world texts.