Learning is more than studying facts, processes and information. It goes beyond memorising information for tests with the hope of getting marks. The new HSC and the world of work require a broader range of skills and abilities. The HSC curriculum recently had changes which include problem-solving, creative thinking, discovery learning and analysing and applying information to the world. Employers are seeking emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, effective communication and other personal qualities, as well as strong academic results.
Learning a musical instrument can activate a creative element to thinking, it can increase mindfulness and research indicates it can prevent memory loss, such as Alzheimer's. Being in a drama group involves teamwork, develops verbal and non-verbal communication skills and allows expressive thinking. Dance enhances awareness of self and others, an appreciation of emotion and develops positive physical attributes. Singing demonstrates the ability to connect with emotions and convey meaning to others and develops confidence. The performing arts encourage the performer and the audience to grow.
The creative arts, including photography, visual arts, ceramics, jewellery-making and paper creations, share a message with others and help develop a part of the brain that links to problem-solving and expressing concepts. These areas are also a platform for mindfulness and participation.
Schools provide opportunities for students to develop their artistic potential through the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. Cabramatta High School and many other schools invest in the arts through public performances, curriculum choices and supporting infrastructure. The arts play a vital role in unlocking learning potential and developing skills needed for future success.