DRAMA AT BEACON
Drama is a core part of Beacon’s Arts program; it prepares students to collaborate with their peers, to step outside their comfort zones, to challenge themselves in a safe environment, to express themselves and make connections between abstract ideas and lived experience.
Beacon students study Drama with a specialist teacher from Year 1 all the way up through Junior School, Middle School and Senior School.
They develop their skills of physical control, observation skills, listening skills, imagination, collaboration and empathy through a range of drama challenges and activities, and they analyse and explore different genres of drama from a range of historical periods. Every Drama student has the chance to perform in at least one show during the year; additionally they have the chance to participate in further drama activities through the Drama Club.
Parents often believe that the Arts are of secondary importance, and that the key to success is to focus on STEM (Science, Technology and Maths). However, top tech company Google has carried out two detailed research projects to identify the key skills that characterise their own most successful employees, and they found them to be skills which are best developed through the Arts:
- being a good coach,
- communication and listening skills,
- understanding different viewpoints,
- having empathy for one’s colleagues,
- being a good critical thinker and problem solver,
- and making connections across complex ideas.
Surprisingly all of these criteria were shown to be more important measures of success at the Google corporation than expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! This echoes Apple founder Steve Jobbs’ passionate support of Arts education.
No matter whether your child will grow up to be a CEO, an engineer, a doctor or a Hollywood star, or work in some future job that doesn’t even exist yet, the skills that we develop in Drama lessons will empower them for success in the future, and bring them joy in the present.