“Beauty, under the care of artists, has the ability to transform even the everyday lives of men and women. Architects and painters, sculptors and musicians, filmmakers and writers, photographers and poets, artists of every discipline, are called to shine beauty especially where darkness or gray dominates everyday life.“
- Pope Francis (2016)
At Saint Columbkille Partnership School, we believe that school is more than academics. It is a place where children are encouraged to grow as individuals, while learning how to cooperate and respect others. Overall, educating children incorporates three essential areas:
- Students gain knowledge and understanding, which they use to develop the skills needed for future education and employment
- Students learn to be responsible, contributing members of society
- Students develop as human beings – people who feel, love and have the ability to marvel at the beauty in the world
Art education is critical for the development of children. A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation about the visual arts argues that the “intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual’s life.” According to the report, they can “connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing.” Read more here.
Our Arts Program gives students a basic understanding of the use of various media to create visual art, music, drama and dance. Students appreciate that art can take many forms and that each child has the capacity to create.
Students in PreK through grade 8 create a wide variety of artwork focused around technique, art history, and their own creative imagination. The children create art using a variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printing, and the study of art history. Our new kiln allows students to create and fire their own clay sculpture pieces.
Music & Dance
The robust music program at Saint Columbkille Partnership School is flourishing. With more than 11 instruments and vocal opportunities, our music program trains students to read, write and perform music, as well as participate in dance. Once students have the skills and confidence, they need an opportunity to shine! Students have the opportunity to: sing as soloists and in the Junior Choir and School Choir; perform with the band; act and perform in staged productions with the Drama Club.
As part of the co-curricular program, students can participate in the Drama Club for two hours each week after school throughout the school year. The club allows students in grades 4 through 8 to learn the creative art of improv and comedy, perform existing plays and develop new works of art through creative storytelling.