The Arts at Coolnwynpin State School
The Arts program at Coolnwynpin provides
students with a unique opportunity to engage in an integrated curriculum. This approach means students are accessing
learning through multiple intelligences, thereby improving learning across all
The units of work for
each year level connect strategically with other subject areas such as English
(through persuasive advertisements in Media Arts and Music), Mathematics,
History (through retelling stories from the First Fleet through Dance, Drama
and Music) and Science (explaining human responses to natural disasters through
Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art and Media Arts).
It is with a focus on the use of technology
to enhance learning that students connect with relevant material and develop
their own expressions of their understandings.
The approach to Arts education at Coolnwynpin is evidence of our STEAM
(Science, Technology, English, Arts and Mathematics) focus across the school.
In addition to a highly focused and diverse
curriculum, students are given multiple opportunities to participate in small
group and whole school performances. These opportunities range from in school events such as Assembly, School
Ceremonies and the Koala Fair to local tours and the national stage with
Creative Generations: State Schools Onstage. Performances vary from Choral, Instrumental, Technology, Visual Art,
Dance, Hip Hop and Drama.
Community engagement remains at the forefront
of the Arts Program, ensuring the Arts continue to be an expression of current
events and an opportunity to explore the past.
We welcome many guests into lessons in the Arts with local Quandamooka
Elders supporting students to paint and tell stories, Graphic Designers giving
advice for students when creating advertisements and dance choreographers from
the local community supporting our various dance groups. We visit local Early Childhood facilities to
support transition of young children into schooling, using the Music, Dance,
Drama and storytelling to provide links between their Early Childhood setting
and the school environment.
The key features of our Arts program are not
only unique but invaluable. Past
students have gone on to participate in specialist Music, Vocal and Dance
programs in High School with continued success.