“Yet, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay and You are our potter, we are all the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)
At Mackay Christian College, students are invited to study Visual Art, Speech and Drama, Film/TV and New Media and Music. These courses are offered as electives from Year 7. In Years 11-12 these subjects are offered at OP level or as VET courses.
The Arts allows students to express themselves by drawing on sensory learning experiences. Students conceptualise meaning and purpose by immersing themselves in a learning style which suits them. This could be by creating visual, aural, oral and/or kinaesthetic stimulus. At Mackay Christian College we pride ourselves in creating a range of opportunities for students to showcase their gifts and talents. These include Twilight and Gala concerts, the College Open Day, Musicals, Theatre Sports, Multimedia camps, Choral festivals and Art exhibitions. Students are encouraged to bring their imagination to life. In each of the strands, the learning outcomes are organised to describe the knowledge, skills, techniques and processes specific to the arts discipline. Students also integrate a wide range of topics to further their understanding and meaning of ideas and concepts.
In Drama students develop confidence and self-awareness by expressing and communicating the perceptions of current issues and experiences. In Media, students produce and respond to meaning by using a range of technology. Students develop their understanding of media language, technologies, audiences, institutions and representations. In Music, students learn to develop practical skills by learning a variety of instruments including voice and thus expressing themselves confidently through sound. This encourages them to hear what is seen and to see what is heard. Students also learn to recognise and interpret the emotional, spiritual and expressive content from a variety of contexts.
The Creative Arts Faculty promotes an appreciation of the aesthetics of the various art forms. This appreciation comes to life when students develop their character holistically by using their gifts and imagination to become “all God wants them to be.”