Expressive Arts is a compulsory part of the curriculum for Senior School pupils: pupils in Transition-S3 collaboratively work towards a production in our own Cameron Hall and pupils in S4-S6 work towards a full-scale musical production in an external venue, such as the acclaimed Macrobert Theatre at Stirling University. Pupils can choose to work in one of three areas: cast, backstage or media.
The cast predominantly work in the Drama and Music classrooms and in Cameron Hall for full chorus work. The backstage crew works in the Art department, where they can design and make props and set; they are also responsible for the lighting and sound production. The media group works in Business Management, where they have access to computers to plan and manage all media aspects of putting on a production. As pupils progress in Expressive Arts they can continue to work in a chosen area and build on their existing skills, or they can try a different area to develop themselves in new ways.
Pupils engage in collaborative work, no matter which group they opt for. As well as working closely with their own team, pupils liaise with the other groups and all of the Seniors end up working together; this fosters a valuable sense of interdependence and teamwork across the years.
In 2017 the S4-S6 musical production is Return to the Forbidden Planet. Previous productions include Grease, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls; all of which have played to packed audiences as this is a real highlight of the school calendar.
In the Art Department pupils have the opportunity to experiment with pottery and many other craftwork materials, where the emphasis is on encouraging pupils to design and make their own creations. The school also has a dark room, so senior pupils may choose to study a photography module in their Senior 6 year. Senior pupils are regularly supervised in producing portfolios for Art School submission.
Music takes place from Junior 1 to Senior 2 and tuition is available in most orchestral instruments, as well as piano, recorder, keyboard, voice and guitar, with approximately half of our pupils learning a musical instrument in any given year. There are a number of choral and instrumental groups which rehearse regularly and perform both at school concerts and at external events; most recently the ‘Principal’s Music’ at Stirling University.
Art, Drama and Music are all available as specialist subjects at Standard Grade and Higher.