Unveiling Exciting Talent
At Seisen International School, we encourage participation as it not only unveils exciting talent, but develops confident, collaborative and globally minded thinkers, in a creative and caring way. The Fine Arts programs are key elements of our rich educational program and we encourage students to explore their individual creative and artistic talents through participating in our extensive Visual Arts, Music, Drama, and Dance programs which are implemented throughout the K to 12 curriculums.
At Seisen, Fine Arts specialists help develop the students’ interests in the Arts through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program from K to Grade 6 and a general program offered in grades 7 and 8. At grade 9 and 10 level students can elect to undertake the IGCSE pathway, followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11 and 12 where students engage in sustained study to deepen their expertise.
Dance is a vibrant part of the KG and ES curriculum. Students in grades K-6 learn how to express themselves through various forms of dance and movement, including creative dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, folk, liturgical dance, historical dances, and yoga. Experienced dance professionals collaborate with classroom teachers to provide students with a unique program that integrates dance with classroom learning, allowing students to express their learning in a new medium. Dance instruction for MS and HS is offered as part of the Physical Education program in order to expose students to increasingly complex dance styles. Students in grades 1-6 may opt for further dance instruction as part of Seisen's after school SASA program. HS students can participate in a student-led dance club.
Drama challenges us to question the world around us, who we are, why we are here and how we respond to others. As an area within Fine Arts it moves far beyond words, exploring the world through feeling and emotion. It encourages students to wonder and play, extend their creativity, develop good communicators and effective collaborators while promoting empathy and understanding.
The study of Drama has broad benefits for students of all abilities. At Seisen, Grade 7 to 10 students undertake Drama activities to develop the following;
- Development of presentations skills – such as use of voice and gesture – giving students self-confidence and an awareness of how to engage an audience.
- Development of creative and critical thinking skills, as students problem-solve how to work collaboratively to develop performances.
- Development of the ability to consider the perspectives of others and heightened social awareness.
- Development of voice projection, character development, script writing, audience engagement and other elements of play production.
Actresses and theatre buffs in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to participate in three productions each year:
- The Fall Play, is a Seisen International School and St Mary’s International School co-operative event where students experience all elements of producing a professional West End/Broadway style play. They have a chance to showcase their talents in acting, character analysis, set design, costume design, makeup, and publicity with all the rigor and fun of a professional production.
- The One-Act Play, is an opportunity for Seisen theatre aficionados to get the freedom to experiment with space, structure, and style in a series of short plays that are student directed and, frequently, student written. Students say they often develop an unexpected bond with their peers and a sense of accomplishment when they "finally put it all together!"
- The Musical, where students experience the discipline and scope of a fully integrated musical theatre production. Actors, instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers collaborate with set, costume, makeup, lighting, and publicity crews from Seisen, St Mary’s and Sacred Heart to create a full fledged Broadway-style event!
Through participation in the programs students develop skills in performing and presenting. They develop teamwork skills and discipline in organisation and expression and they contribute to School events, semi-annual concerts, Kanto Plain competitive festivals, and provide a community social service.
Seisen offers a comprehensive music program through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program from K to Grade 6, a general program in Grades 7 and 8, the IGCSE pathway at Grade 9 and 10, followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11 and 12.
General music is offered in Grades K to 6, Middle School students may participate in Choir, Band, and Handbell ensembles. High school instrumentalists may choose among Handbell Choir, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Vocalists may participate in the High School Choir and audition for the Vocal Ensemble. Students interested in the serious study and performance of music would elect to take an International Baccalaureate Diploma course.
The Visual Arts program at Seisen International School is is designed to develop students’ creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies through processes of visual inquiry, studio practice, exhibition and display, and in evaluations and reflections of their own art works as well as those of others. The Visual Arts program also aims to develop students’ sense of personal and cultural identity and equips them for lifelong involvement in, and the active appreciation of, the Arts. Additionally, an important part of student learning within the Visual Arts is conceptual learning and interdisciplinary learning, a fundamental aspect of the Arts.
The multi-studio spaces at Seisen International School, including 2D and 3D studios, allow students to learn from specialist teachers in a variety of ART forms ranging from; photography (darkroom and digital), painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, fibre arts, and visual communication and design.
The Visual Arts course for students from K to 6 follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and in Grade 7 and 8 students are offered the opportunity to sample and explore a wide range of media and materials in both 2D and 3D ART forms. In Grade 9 and 10 students build on the skills learnt and have the opportunity to continue to develop and express individual approaches to the Visual Arts through a range of courses in IGCSE Art and Design. All offerings prepare students for related studies within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 2D or 3D Visual Arts which is structured over 2 years where students can focus on selected ART forms.
Students who have studied Visual Arts have gained tertiary access and employment in the following fields: fine arts, animation, architecture, fashion design, industrial design, interior design, media and communications, screen writing, photography and film-making.
Grade 6 students share progress on their clay mask project