The Gonski report has identified three priorities to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools. One of these priorities is to ‘equip every student to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world’. The acquisition of the general capabilities such as Personal and Social Capability is vital to achieving this aim. Gaining confidence with these skills benefits students not only in their schooling years but are highly desirable traits in the workforce.
The digital age that we live and work in has made it easy to “remain apart from each other” (Mackay, 2017). We feel more comfortable sitting behind a screen rather than communicating in person. As human beings, we need to connect with others to ensure positive well-being. Engaging in the Arts (Drama, Music, Visual Art) empowers students to come out from the ‘safety’ of their screen and actively connect with others in a variety of settings.
The National Curriculum’s Personal and Social Capability realm contains many sub-elements that are thriving in the Arts. Looking at the Year 9 curriculum at Lourdes Hill College, it can clearly be seen that the Arts is ‘equipping every student to grow and succeed in a changing world’ (Gonski recommendation).
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITY
Investigating the work of contemporary artists who have created work which challenges and broadens perceptions about identity and popular culture (research and own art-making)
- appreciate diverse perspectives
- make decisions
- develop reflective practice
- develop self-discipline and set goals
To thrive in our world, developing students’ personal and social capabilities is just as important as developing their literacy and numeracy skills. “Curiosity, creativity, and empathy aren’t unruly traits that must be reined in to ensure success. Just the opposite. The human touch has never been more essential in the workplace than it is today. The job market is quietly creating thousands of openings a week for people who can bring a humanist’s grace to our rapidly evolving high-tech future.” (Strauss, 2017)
Examining how language and movement are used to effectively communicate a believable role, resulting in a group performance of a section of a play.
- understand relationships
- communicate effectively
- recognise emotions and express them appropriately
- become confident, resilient and adaptable
Head of Faculty – Arts
Mackay, H. (2017). The state of the nation starts in your street. [online] ABC News. Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-02/tc-the-state-of-the-nation-starts-in-your-street/8234510 [Accessed 6/5/18].
Strauss, V. (2017). Why we still need to study the humanities in a STEM world. [online] The Washington Post. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/18/why-we-still-need-to-study-the-humanities-in-a-stem-world/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6f1563cb7726 [Accessed 6/5/18].
Group band rehearsal and performance – roles and responsibilities of each member of the band to ensure a successful performance
- work collaboratively
- develop leadership skills
- monitor own progress and that of the group
- Recognise personal qualities and achievements