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‘The Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking and help them understand themselves and the world…'

‘The Arts enable students to develop their creative and expressive capacities by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally. Students are both artist and audience in the Arts. They make and respond and learn to appreciate the specific ways this occurs in different disciplines.’
Victorian Curriculum, 09 February 2016.

The St John’s arts programs provide opportunities for children to make and share performing and visual art works that communicate observations, personal ideas, feelings and experiences. They explore and use a variety of arts elements. They develop skills, techniques and processes and use a variety of media, materials, equipment and technologies in a range of arts forms. They discuss aspects of their own art works, as well as art works and events in their community.

Performing Arts

It is rare for a school of less than 200 students to offer performing arts as part of the curriculum, but St John’s remains committed to and proud of its rich and celebrated performing arts tradition. For a small school like St John’s, this is a proud point of difference.

Performing arts practice develops body awareness, thinking skills, listening skills, deep thinking, creativity, imagination, team work, persistence, goal-oriented learning, coordination, fitness, emotional maturity, self-reflection, calmness, diligence, tolerance, open-mindedness and focus, among many other life-long benefits!

St John’s choir is made up of a group of keen and committed young singers who practise weekly at lunchtimes. The children perform at the annual City of Yarra Carols, on the wards of  St Vincent’s Hospital, and at the school’s assemblies and arts events.

St John’s also offers weekly private music classes, dance classes at lunchtimes, frequent visits from touring theatre and music companies and an annual concert. Every second year the whole school participates in a public, off-site school performance, in which children are actively engaged in all aspects of the creative process.

Visual Arts/Media Arts

St John’s arts program is made up of both visual arts and media arts classes.

Visual arts classes provide opportunities for students to experience a variety of art forms, materials and techniques including drawing and painting, construction and collage, textiles and sculpture, printmaking and photography, visual design and art appreciation.

Students are encouraged to explore, experiment with and practise different techniques to produce 2D, 3D and sometimes multi-dimensional artworks. Students work both independently and at times in groups to respond to personal, social and cultural themes. Throughout the program students come to understand art as a visual language used to express their individual ideas and observations in a variety of different ways.

Art appreciation occurs within the context of creating and making. Students explore, identify and describe key features of arts works from their own and other cultures, and practise using arts language to describe and discuss the communication of ideas, feelings and communication evident in their own and other people’s arts works.

Media arts content explored by students includes digital photography and image manipulation, animation, film making, basic design work, sound and visual presentations the creation of media products for specified purposes and audiences.

Media arts content is developed as an integrated part of the Visual arts program.

The biennial School Art Exhibition occurs on alternate years to the school performance. The exhibition presents individual student artworks within a context of broader learning across the curriculum.