The skills gained through participation in the Expressive Arts are highly desirable in the global community today. At Kelvinside Academy we encourage a willingness to take risks, to be open to new ideas and to learn through strategic thinking.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms. The most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Drama is a very popular option at Kelvinside Academy. The curriculum aims to foster self-confidence as well as empathy and imagination. Learning the art of improvisation is hugely beneficial to pupils as it helps them to understand how to think outside the box and how to cope with the unknown.
Students learn to be open to changing circumstances and how to trust their own ideas and abilities. In this risk-taking but safe environment pupils learn to show compassion and tolerance for others and how to combine the creative ideas and the abilities of all the members of a group towards the best outcome.
Pupils are able to enjoy drama throughout their school days and can take part in school shows and lunchtime drama clubs. Our Annual School Show draws involvement from a large age-range of participants who take part in acting, sound, lighting, backstage, costume and make-up to high acclaim.
In Senior Prep – S2 pupils are taught mime, pantomime, Commedia Dell ‘Arte as well as collaborating in cross-curricular projects and participating in a scripted screenplay. In S3 pupils can choose to take National 5 drama leading to Higher or Advanced Higher drama. Pupils regularly visit Theatre productions out with the school.