Aesthetic programmes were crafted based on the following from the Creativity Curriculum Framework
1. To Imagine
2. To Create
3. To Experiment
4. To Share
5. To Reflect
6. To Imagine (re-imagine)
1. Learn through technology & design
2. To build an environment of respect
3. To build on students’ interests
4. To build a community of learners
To help us realise the Creativity Curriculum Framework, we adopt a “3A” approach in the conduct of the Aesthetic Programme via Appreciation, Attainment and Ambassadorship.
Provide each and every student with the opportunity to appreciate the arts through arts exposure and experience, such as performing arts assembly programmes, Music, Art and Drama curriculum, attending professional performances, special interest group outings. At this level, students are given the opportunity to be exposed to different art forms, hence widen their existing knowledge in arts.
Develop talented students to their fullest by igniting passion and inspiring excellence. Talented students in the performing arts CCAs are given opportunities to hone their skills through instruction by well-renowned coaches, local and international workshops and master classes. For students who are not in the performing arts CCAs but display talents and interests in the aesthetics, interest groups are formed to further develop their skills to the fullest.
Illuminate new frontiers by contributing to the community as ambassadors for the arts. Students from performing arts CCAs and interest groups frequently showcase their talents at various performing platforms such as major school events, school concerts and to the community.
The school’s long-term goals for arts education are to realise the outcomes of the C3 Total Curriculum Framework. These are articulated as follows:
1) To allow our students to be passionate learners and imaginative trailblazers through structures and systems put in place to promote Arts Education
2) To engage students and staff in aesthetics so as to build a community of learners in realising our C3 outcomes.
The school’s short-term arts education goals are as follows:
1) To develop students in the understanding and the application of the skills learnt through the Art Instructional Programmes, performing arts CCAs as well as the arts enrichment programmes, from personal achievements to achievements obtained at the school level.
2) To ensure succession in aesthetic interests and skills from the older batch of students to the younger batches, so as to be ambassadors of the art forms they represent.
A structured and consistent approach was adopted to ensure all students were involved in aesthetic exposures at different levels. This is achieved through a few different areas: school-wide programmes, art instructional curriculum, aesthetic CCAs and enrichment programmes in art forms such as music, art, drama, dance, digital and visual art.
Commonwealth Secondary School is well-known for our niche in Performing Arts (CCA). The various CCAs includes Band, Chinese Dance, Choir, Drama, Indian Dance, Malay Dance and the newly added CCA – Urban Nature in the year 2015. Majority of these CCAs have a sustaining award history in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging since 2001. In the recent SYF Central Judging held in 2013 and 2015, the school has attained five distinction awards and one accomplishment award.
A wide variety of performing and competition platforms were provided for the students as deliverables of their learning in their CCAs. Students were given opportunities to perform at school events such as CCA Open House and CWSS 50th Anniversary Showcase at the Esplanade, festive celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali, International Friendship Day and friendly competition such as Battle of Dancers.
Other than the school events, performing arts CCAs were often given the performance opportunities by Ayer Rajah Community Centre (ARCC) through other community events. A range of external performances and competition that our students has performed includes:
• ARCC’s Clean and Green Day (2013)
• ARCC National Day Celebration (2013-2014)
• ARCC Lunar New Year Dinner (2015)
• ARCC Lee Kwan Yew Remembrance (2016)
• Lime Light @ Esplanade (2015)
• Semarak Tari Competition (2013) - Second Runner-up
• Jubilate International Choral Camp (2014) - obtained Gold C
Most performing art groups involved students in workshops, masterclasses and overseas trips to enhance further learning experiences. They also had opportunities to perform at most school events and National events, in order to instill a rich and constant performing culture among the performers. Students were also given opportunities to attend public performances to enhance learning.