Drama at ISS encompasses a journey of personal growth that encourages students to become open to new ideas and confident in sharing their approaches with others. Students learn how to incorporate their research and personal ideas into realizing performances from around the world.
Years 6 - 8
The Middle School Drama classes explore the use of Mind and Body language as a means of communication. Students learn to identify mannerisms and stereotypes in the creation of characters. Through the study of stagecraft and the various elements of production, they learn about the use of Voice tone pitch and projection.
The Middle School Music course consists of a basic introduction to music theory. The students will learn to read and write simple scores and apply their knowledge through practical application, they have the opportunity to perform on stage in a solo as well as in an ensemble.
Year Eight students study aspects of the theme 'Pop Music'. They explore form, structure and dynamics of music from different cultures and study the development of popular music by looking at the lives and works of a variety of composers. They learn to apply theory to the development of their practical study of an instrument of their choice.
Students in the Middle School study a range of texts, including prose (both short stories and novels), poetry, drama, and film. Other units of study focus on the newspaper, media literacy in general, mythology, and fractured fairy tales. The texts and units of study engage the students in a variety of both independent and small group learning activities in addition to teacher-directed lessons. Some involve inter-disciplinary explorations. The aims are that students should:
- Communicate clearly using both written and spoken language
- Use the language with enjoyment and confidence
- Respond personally to a variety of texts
- Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of human nature
- Develop a critical approach to literature
- Learn the value of supporting their opinions
- Explore the interdependence of human beings and their environment
- Understand more clearly their own and other cultures
- Read widely for enjoyment.
Assessments include written tasks involving short answer tests, written personal responses, and creative writing /creative projects, or oral tasks involving debates, group presentations, and dramatic performances.
Year 6: Elements of Art and Design: What is it and how is it manipulated in Visual Art?
Students will be introduced to the concept of the Creative Process. They will answer the above question through both structured classroom activities and independent research assignments. Our aim will be to develop a thorough working knowledge of the elements; line, colour, shape, value, space, texture, form, size and pattern and how to manipulate their properties to create a finished artwork. Their visual diary will be an integral part of the course, used to explore all of the elements of design and to develop ideas for a number of studio pieces that focus on incorporating all of the elements.
Year 7: Identity and Portraiture
Students study the Pop Art movement; in particular, the artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. After looking at what makes us who we are and identifying objects that are important to us, both self-portraiture and sculpture are used to create artworks that are reflective of the Pop Art movement. Drawings are then used to create a stylized version similar to those of the above artists. These will then be turned into both a print and a 3D sculpture.
Year 8: Natural Environment; The Old and the New: Visions of Contemporary Fiji
Students develop skills in 2D drawing and painting in both wet and dry art mediums. Work will be based on objects and images relating to the “Natural Environment” helping students to develop a clear understanding of composition, tonal values and mark-making. All practical tasks will be accompanied by a Visual Art Process Diary and students will be required to continuously reflect upon their individual progress. By the end of this unit students will have had exposure to a large number of art mediums and techniques and will be able to confidently combine a number of them in one final outcome.
The second unit requires students to research the elements of art and principles of design used in the traditional and present day art and craft of Fiji. The students will then have to synthesise the research to represent a personal vision of Fiji today, using a pictorial language that may go beyond traditional representations.