The Arts are essential to every child’s education, which is why the Arts are one of the core academic subjects. Research has shown that the Arts develop neural systems that produce a broad spectrum of benefits ranging from fine motor skills to creativity and improved emotional balance. Arts education (music, dance, drama and visual arts) benefits all students because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. This process requires not merely an active mind but a trained one.
Education in the Arts benefits society because students of the Arts gain powerful tools for understanding human experiences, both past and present. Students learn to respect different ways of thinking, working and expressing themselves. Studying the Arts stimulates students’ natural creativity and the joy of learning becomes real, tangible and powerful. The Arts challenges all students to perform, create their own works and respond to works of art and the ideas they impart. Research studies point to strong relationships between learning in the Arts, fundamental cognitive skills and the capacities used to master other core subjects for literacy and numeracy.
From Kindergarten to Grade 12, students at all of our schools in Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board are encouraged to learn music, drama, dance and visual arts through both our curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Our staff is passionate about helping children discover and fine-tune their gifts. Whether it’s acting in a musical at the elementary or secondary level, performing in a Christmas concert, or rocking out on stage at St. Anne’s CSS or St. Michael CSS, our staff is there to help guide your child.
Our Secondary Schools are known in the community for having a strong and vibrant music department. Led by highly skilled and passionate teachers, students have the option of taking a number of music courses including guitar, and percussion to name a few. There are also multiple bands and choirs students can join. In addition, the schools host various musical performances throughout the year.
List of Awards Won by our Secondary Arts Programs
These rich experiences in the arts play a valuable role in helping your child to achieve their God-given potential. Art Education allows students to develop their creativity, self-awareness, self-confidence and well-being, while discovering their own identity.