The Aesthetic Programme provides students opportunities in artistic endeavors that include art, dance, drama, and music. The school offers multi-leveled aesthetics activities for students and a forum to showcase their talent both within the school and into the greater community. Through practical creative activities, students at SSIS will build self-confidence, broaden horizons, and nurture an appreciation of the arts and thereby becoming well balanced physically and mentally.
Dance“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham
The SSIS Primary School Dance Curriculum is a specialized subject comprising 3 areas of aesthetic pursuits: artistic characteristics, aestheticism and the unique nature of the art of dancing. Its aim is to develop a joy movement and to discover how to communicate emotion and feelings through motion. Students will experience a greater awareness of self with the help of music from different cultural origins.
The SSIS Secondary students have the option to join any number of dance opportunities throughout the year featuring a variety of dance styles. Forums such as the musical production, Chinese New Year production, International Family Day, Student Idol and others, provide students an opportunity to showcase their dance and choreography.
Drama “Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasizeabout a world we aspire to.” – Willem Dafoe
Drama at SSIS is geared toward the development of young performers who can create, collaborate, lead, communicate and who have steadfast confidence in themselves. Through the use of a practicum-based curriculum, provided in a positive and safe environment, students are able to explore ways to be expressive, discover their own character, and gain a greater understanding by becoming characters other than themselves.
A variety of drama productions are produced every year at SSIS where students can take the stage and perform for audiences made up of the student community, family and extended community. Grease, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Fame, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Jockey’s are just a few of the past productions given at SSIS.
Music “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu
Students enjoy excellent opportunities in music, developing the core skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising within a supportive and inclusive environment.
Students in the Junior School can choose to learn a string instrument, such as the violin, within a small group setting, as well as having the opportunity to follow a programme of general music. This programme includes vocal music, theory, and music appreciation. Students are exposed to a range of Western and Eastern instruments which allows every student the opportunity to discover and instrument the love, and to become a life-long music learner.
SSIS is also a testing center for the Associated Board Royale School of Music (ABRSM) exams, thereby allowing students to participate in two professional level music tests every year.
Students in the Senior School continue to build on their prior music knowledge and enter into a performance-based curriculum where every student learns to play an instrument.
In Grade 7, students may choose to continue to develop their skills on a string instrument or can choose an instrument from other instrument families such as woodwind, brass, or percussion. The student’s instruments are used as a meaningful way to discover elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, tempo, song form, tempo and meter.
In Grade 8, all of the students learn how to play the guitar. Students continue to expand their music understanding and learn how to play a variety of chords, building a varied repertoire of songs over the year. The year culminates with the composition of an original children’s song.
Continuing into the Cambridge IGCSE Music syllabus, learners listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, importantly, creativity. As a result, learners enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment.
Learners study music of all styles; each style is placed in its historical and cultural context, and they are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening. Although the majority of the syllabus examines Western European music, the music of other cultures is always represented.
Within all of the Music Programmes at SSIS, technology plays a large part. Students are taught how to use the latest professional music notation and recording applications.
Art “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin
At SSIS, Art is used not only to teach various practical artistic skill, but to motivate our students to view the world in an inspired way – with freedom, enjoyment and an appreciation of beauty.
SSIS’s students also have the opportunity to showcase their talent as artists in events such as City Weekend’s Art Show. Each year, more than one-thousand participants take part in the public art show and competitions. Students from SSIS always rank highly among the entrants.
The Senior School Visual Art Programme:
Grade7 and 8 the students will learn and practice basic art techniques and the Elements and Principles of Art. Line, shape, color, texture, space, form, value, movement, balance, contrast, pattern, unity, rhythm and emphasis. Students will learn to apply the key Elements and Principles through exploring a variety of media and mediums such as drawing and painting, 3D sculpture, animation and print-making. The students will also learn aspects of art history and some of its leading artists related to each project.
In years 9 and 10 the students will further learn to apply the Elements and Principles of Art to two specific areas of art: 1: Observational and Interpretive Drawing. (Still Life, Figurative and Imaginative). 2: Design. Logos, posters, book-covers, DVD and fashion design. Students will learn and explore through a variety of mediums and surfaces such as: tonal shading with pen, pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, oil pastel; acrylic paint, plaster, wire-netting, textured paper and hard materials, fabric and found objects The students will also learn aspects of art history and some of its leading artists related to these content areas.
Over the two years of the course, the students will be working in a variety of techniques and media to develop their skills and understanding of the elements of the visual arts in both two and three-dimensional formats and not so new forms of emerging media, installation, video, digital and performance. Investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these. Develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective. Build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences Develop skills in, and sensibility to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement. Take responsibility for the direction of their learning through the acquisition of effective learning practices.
After School Programme “…to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”- Stephen R. Covey
The After School Program (ASP) at SSIS runs throughout the year and includes many chances for students to build on their skills and knowledge in a fun and collaborative way. Orchestra, choir, drama, dance and visual art are all offered in various forms at different times, offering flexibility and choice to the students.
Founded in 1996, the Shanghai Singapore International School aims to develop each student into a responsible global citizen, with a strong sense of character preparing them for success in any life or career path they may choose.