Expressive Arts is integrated into the curriculum for all pupils in Junior 4 to Senior 6. Pupils in Senior 4 to Senior 6 collaboratively work towards a full scale musical production in the acclaimed Macrobert Arts Centre at Stirling University. This performance is in June of every year and is open to the public. Pupils can choose to work in one of three areas—cast, backstage or media and advertising—and work across the Drama, Music, Art and English departments. Through working closely with the other members of their team, and liaising with the other groups, pupils learn the importance of collaborative work and all of S4-6 end up working together. This sense of inter-dependence and teamwork is highly valued and fosters a great team spirit across the years. Productions have included Return to the Forbidden Planet, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof.
In the Art Department pupils have the opportunity to experiment with pottery and many other craftwork materials, the emphasis being on encouraging pupils to design and make their own creations. Senior pupils are regularly supervised and supported in producing portfolios for art school submission.
Classroom 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. Approximately half of our pupils are learning a musical instrument in any given year. There are several choral and instrumental groups which rehearse regularly and perform both at school concerts and at external events.
Art, Drama and Music are all available as specialist subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.