Music, visual art, drama, and poetry and prose are all part of the artistic life of our students at TFS.
Arts are amalgamated into general classroom activities and are also specifically taught by specialist teachers. They are also a key component of co-curricular activities and clubs. Like other aspects of their TFS education, the arts are introduced to our students at the earliest ages.
While sessions are set aside for artistic activities alone, they often become part of curriculum units or projects, as well. This integration of subjects is key to the educational approach of the Primary Years Program (PK to Grade 5) of the International Baccalaureate.
Skills are enhanced as the students move up through the grades and experiment with writing, song, dance, drama and visual arts. Field trips to theatres and museums, and visits from artists in different media complement the curricula.
Many after school co-curricular activities have an arts focus. Recent offerings include violin and dance at La p’tite école, cartooning and choir at the Junior School, and visual arts and contemporary dance on our West Campus.
Developing their own point of view
As students continue into the higher grades, they begin to develop their individual styles for expressing themselves artistically, and the Senior School provides them with ample opportunities to do so.
In addition to classes dedicated to visual arts, music and drama, creative activities play a key role in the curricula of many subjects. For instance, as part of Grade 10 (Level III) English, students produce a film based on a piece of literature, while in one math class, students are required to create a board game as a means of demonstrating their understanding of certain principles.
Among the dozens of clubs students can join at the Senior School, a significant number are devoted to the arts. Musically, students can be a member of the string, wind or jazz ensembles, join Cave Records (a music recording club), or try out for the annual drama production. Students can also put their writing and photography talents to work on the yearbook or student newspaper. If organizing is their forte, students can apply to be a member of the Arts Council, the student body responsible for co-curricular arts activities.
The Senior School holds many notable arts events each year, such as the famed Dance Show and MAD (music art and drama) Night, a festival highlighting all things artistic. One of the most anticipated occasions is the IB Art Show, when the most senior art students present their collections of original artwork, developed and refined over a two year period of time. The stunning display of creative talents and critical analysis skills is not to be missed!