Exploring new ideas, materials and artists while embracing the return of live music performances in Term 1.
Vincent van Gogh once said, “Colour in a picture is like enthusiasm in life”. It’s been wonderful to see our students exploring their ideas and producing work with the brightness and variety of colour while demonstrating their enthusiasm across various subjects in the Creative and Performing Arts and Languages.
Term 1 has been very productive in the creative arts department. Our students in Year 7 have been exploring colour theory and applying their understanding to landscape tonal painting. Year 8 has investigated the art of self-portraiture and have discovered that it is a long established form of portrait art, dating from Ancient Egypt. While Year 9 have virtually visited the Vatican City, the official residence of the Pope. With the help of modern technology, they have been able to virtually tour the Sistine Chapel to discover the beauty of Michelangelo’s painting that was completed in 1512.
Our senior students in Visual Design, Photography and Visual Arts applied new skills to create portfolios of work in interior design, darkroom photography and still life painting. Year 12 are progressing steadily with their body of works which are due later in the year. We are very much looking forward to seeing them being completed in Term 3.
In languages our Year 8 students are currently learning to appreciate Paris monuments and they are recalling facts about Ile de France, the region where Paris is situated. While in Year 10 the French class cooked up some delicious crepes last week. The name ‘crepe’ originates from the Latin word crispus = wrapped or rolled. They were traditionally made with buckwheat after the crusades in Asia and they date back to the 13th century in Brittany.
It has also been wonderful to see the return of our College band and perform again at events like St Joseph’s day in week 7. Please enjoy the collection of photos of our talented students below.
Mrs Nicole Taylor
Leader of Learning - Creative and Performing Arts and Languages
This year saw Harmony week continue to grow at SJC. As a school we celebrated the uniqueness of us all as individuals, and spread the message 'Everyone Belongs'.
This video was played during our AWC classes and students engaged in a variety of activities including: pop up language workshops, history of languages and a food festival.
A huge thank you to all the students and staff that embraced these activities and contributed to promoting this beautiful week.
Mrs Joanne Scotcher
Teacher of French
Recently our Drama students were lucky enough to spend a day with Zeal Theatre, an internationally renowned touring theatre company.
During the morning session students viewed their devised performance 'Lucky Country', an engaging and thought-provoking piece of theatre that explores the current global debates on the refugee crisis and the role the media plays in shaping public opinion. Tom and Stefo also ran two workshops, focussing on creative playbuilding and the development of stronger miming, movement and vocal skills. The students are to be commended for their enthusiasm and participation on the day.