With a focus on acting and public speaking skills whilst also developing students self-confidence and self esteem, the newly created OYIS Performing Arts Group will bring theater, dance, drama, song, and cooperative learning into the Tosabori Campus. Regardless of prior knowledge or capabilities, students will participate in engaging weekly lessons that provide a fun and stimulating learning environment. The benefits of the new Performing Arts programs far exceeds the children’s ability to act, as increased confidence, creativity, leadership and teamwork skills will help them in their day to day lives and with their school work.
Student confidence, development of language, communication and cooperative skills are also skills that will be developed through the weekly lessons.
The multifaceted backgrounds and experiences of the student community at OYIS means we feel there is a need to offer the children a creative outlet that differs from what is currently on offer at the school. In addition, according to the American Alliance of Theatre Education '...students who participate in drama often experience improved reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in school than their non-arts counterparts'. Through offering students this opportunity, we feel we are proving additional pathways for success for our students.
There are a multitude of skills that are supported and developed in students when they join a Drama / Performing Arts Group. Not only are they surrounded by like minded children, their imagination and creativity are continually challenged and grown, their self-esteem and sense of self are brought more into focus as they learn to communicate and collaborate with their peers effectively. Leadership skills, ability to work with others and their overall listening skills also grow as their confidence and sense of self also demonstrate growth.
In short, both semesters will provide the students with the opportunity to perform. There are different focuses for Semester 1 and Semester 2 as the performance they are working towards in Semester 1 is individual, whereas Semester 2 focuses upon the performance of a group piece.
You are able to join for Semester 1; however, as there are limited positions within the class available, there is no guarantee that you will be able to join the second semester. To apply to be a part of Semester 1 class you can use the application.