Whole School Program - Drama is part of the curriculum from Year 5 to Year 12 and is a compulsory subject from Year 5 to Year 8. We have a national and state-wide reputation for Drama. Girls are taught speech, improvisation, movement, gesture, characterisation, singing, script reading and analysis through a variety of theatre games, group activities and class exercises.

 


 

Starlets Ballet

Starlets Ballet is a movement program for ages 3–6 that endeavours to foster students’ development of fine motor skills, creativity, confidence, co-ordination, musicality and rhythm. With its roots in classical ballet with jazz and a touch of magic, Starlets Ballet is a fun-filled program that promotes safety, joy, confidence and self-esteem.  Run by a former professional dancer and teacher, Rachel Daw has over 12 years teaching experience across a variety of dance genres. 

Separate classes will be held in 2014 for girls in the ELC (3-4 years of age) and those in the lower Junior School (5-6 years of age).

 


 

Drama Academy

The co curricular Performing Arts program in the Junior School is offered to students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Its purpose is to develop and enhance students' skills in all areas of performing Arts including Drama, Music and Dance. The program is broken into two semesters allowing the students to develop a public performance at the completion of each semester. The classes are conducted once a week during the lunch break. Students are split into classes of no more than 20 according to their year level. This small number ensures a focus on the individual and creates a close knit environment.

During the first semester the students focus on movement and collaborate with the teacher to create a movement piece set to music. This is then performed at the annual Junior School Drama Night. Semester 2 sees the girls refining their performance skills through the process of a production. The production is a scripted piece of theatre, incorporating acting, singing and dancing. The Production is performed to an audience of their peers and parents during Term 4.

The program aims to build self esteem and expose the students to the discipline of the theatrical process. Students gain an understanding of the many facets of live performance while strengthening and building friendships along the way.

 


 

Wakakirri Story-Dance

Wakakirri Story-Dance is a national inter-schools performing arts competition where schools create a 3-7 minute story that is performed on stage to pre-recorded music, using a blend of creative movement and acting. Schools can choose any story, music and creative movement style and creatively incorporate the Wakakirri signature item!

Schools perform their Story-Dance in professional theatres to an audience of industry professionals, family, friends and other schools. There are competitive and non-competitive sections, divisions for new and experienced schools and a variety of awards for schools to take home.

Wakakirri is being offered at Wilderness in conjunction with The Performing Arts Initiative, a professional performing arts organisation and is open to girls in Years 5–7 in 2014. Girls do not need any formal dance training to be involved, just a desire to work hard, practice and have a lot of fun along the way!

Involvement in Wakakirri offers more benefits than simply an opportunity to perform. Participation fosters a sense of team spirit and community; helps develop and foster confidence, co-ordination, health, creativity and expression.

Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3.30–5.00pm with girls only required at one of these days initially and then both days closer to the competition. 

 


 

SACE Stage 1 Dance

SACE Dance is comprehensive, stimulating and a challenging curriculum that provides students not only with a high quality, well-rounded Dance education but also fosters the development of many skills which are paramount for success in life. 

Through studying Dance at Stage 1 level, students acquire skills in teamwork, creativity, confidence, poise, health and self-esteem as well as developing their analytical skills, verbal and written literacy and academic writing skills. Students develop skills in choreography and dance analysis, gain an understanding of the development of dance throughout history as well as working on dance technique and performance skills.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.15 - 6.00pm. Students can enrol in Stage 1 Dance for either a semester or full year. Semester students will receive 10 credits towards their SACE while full year students receive 20 credits.