In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.
Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.
Students must study 100 hours of both music and visual arts during Years 7 to 10. They also have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in other art forms through elective subjects. Students can then select from a range of courses in Years 11 to 12.
Our community has identified that a student who will succed in the future is one with confidence, independence and the ability to be creative.
So, in addition to high academic achievement, we celebrate imagination and creativity and encourage challenge so students are not afraid of "unfamiliar paths".
Creativity can mean so many different things. It is a 21st Century skill, along with collaboration and critical thinking. A creative person has ideas about new ways of doing things but most importantly is optomistic, shows initiative, is keen to form healthy relationships and is accepting of the drafting process. They recognise that not everything has to be perfect to be highly valued. Creativity is a limitless skill and so by developing this, students can achieve beyond expectation.
For these reasons, of all the 21st Century skills embedded in learning activities, at Riverside we focus on creativity as the skill to be acknowledged through special awards.
All students are encouraged to be part of Riverside’s tradition of excellence in Music and Performance. The Creative and Performing Arts Faculty prides itself on being able to offer such a variety of music ensembles, bands, drama and dance groups/performances and whole school Musical productions. A vast range of dramatic and artistic skills are fostered through the such opportunities, of which many past students have now chosen specific careers based on such opportunities.