Young people live in an increasingly complex web of interacting cultures and subcultures. They need a learning environment that promotes imagination, critical thinking, cultural engagement, communication, creativity and problem-solving. Drama, Dance, Music and Media provide this learning environment, both as an art form and as an aesthetic way of knowing that integrates oral, kinaesthetic, visual and aural dimensions, and sign systems.
The Performing Arts explores and celebrates the human presence within real, imagined and mediatised worlds. It connects students to their own creative processes and provides opportunities for them to imagine themselves as others exploring beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across diverse situations. Through engagement with the Arts, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills and self confidence. They apply these lessons to a creative investigation of the world and their place in it.
The Arts provide students with a range of skills transferable to a variety of vocational and future pathways. In a knowledge-based economy, the world requires workers who are innovative thinkers, adept communicators and excellent team players. The collaborative nature of Drama, Media, Music and Dance as art forms provide students with opportunities to learn and to manage the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills required to work effectively, both individually and in groups.
At Dakabin we offer Dance, Drama and Music from year 9 to year 12. Film and Media Studies is offered in year 10, then Film, Television and New Media in years 11 and 12. All Performing Arts subjects in the senior phase of learning contribute towards an OP and offer challenging, yet creative ways to explore the world. In year 8 all students will study Performing Arts for one semester.