Through Drama pupils develop their self-confidence, learn to work co-operatively with others and to enhance their skills in problem solving. Pupils are encouraged to plan and take responsibility for their own progress, whilst supporting all to reach their full potential through curricular and extra-curricular participation.
It is the priority of the Drama Department to ensure that pupils are offered a range of opportunities to experience and appreciate all forms of theatre and performing arts. To this end the department endeavours to identify and select appropriate productions and workshops that will support and develop all pupils’ academic potential and achievement.
The Senior School Drama curriculum commences in S1 with the Expressive Arts course and continues to S2 on a half yearly rotation system. In S3 and S4 pupils follow the National 4 and National 5 courses. Higher Drama is offered in S5, which can also be taken by S6 and pupils who have achieved a high standard and shown a particular aptitude and interest in the subject can embark on the Advanced Higher course.
The department also offers a wide and varied range of extra-curricular activities which are available to all pupils. There are drama clubs for all year groups, which meet weekly and have an opportunity to present their work throughout the course of the year. The S1 House Drama competition runs in the autumn term and there is also the opportunity for pupils to participate in the annual whole school show.