Arts at Cedar
At Cedar, we value creativity and see a strong arts programme as essential to student development and a balanced school experience. With a variety of opportunities for students to explore music, visual arts and performing arts, we hope to unlock the creative spirit in each Cedar student, while fostering strong communication skills, vehicles for self-expression, and the confidence needed to be risk takers.
Music: All students from Pre-K to Grade 10 have Music classes as part of their regular course of study. Students in the IB Diploma Programme can opt to take IBDP Music to satisfy their Group 6 requirement. Primary students can join the Primary Choir which meets prior to school on Wednesdays as one of the School Clubs programmes while Secondary students can pursue their musical interests by joining the Cedar Band/Orchestra or Vocal Workshop as part of the Elective programme, or the Cedar Rock Band, “Out of Chune,” as part of the After School Clubs programme. The Island Inquirers Programme, Cedar’s gifted and talented programme managed by the Solution Studio, allows students with exceptional aptitude for music to pursue their interests with independent study projects, supervised by Cedar’s Music Department. The annual Talent Show, Season’s Greetings concert, and ad hoc performances throughout the year on the school’s outdoor stage provide performance opportunities for Cedar musicians.
Visual Arts: All students from Pre-K to Grade 10 take Visual Arts classes as part of their regular course of study. Students in the IB Diploma Programme can opt to take IBDP Visual Arts to satisfy their Group 6 requirement. The After School Clubs programme provides opportunity for further experience with the Visual Arts, particularly for primary students. Secondary students can further pursue their interests in Visual Arts by taking Mixed Media Arts as part of the Elective programme. An annual Art Exhibition is held in the School’s Atrium near the end of each academic year to showcase student work from all grades, Pre-K to Grade 12. The annual Senior Art Exhibit is a special event showing off the work of our Grade 12 artists, and is held in a public venue in Road Town each year so that students can present their work to the general public.
Theatre: The Performing Arts are undergoing an exciting growth phase at Cedar. Having long been integrated into core subject areas, such as spoken word units and dramatic re-enactments in secondary English courses, and in skits and assembly performances in the primary school, Cedar is taking steps to bring Theatre to the forefront of its arts programme. This year, Cedar partnered with Killi Killi Arts Company to offer a Theatre course as part of its Elective programme, which included instruction in drama, set design, and costume design and led to the school’s first full-scale production, Alice in Wonderland. Starting next school year (2016-17), Cedar will build on this success with the following exciting actions:
- Dance will join Theatre as an Elective offering in the Performing Arts.
- Drama Club will be revived for primary students as part of the After School Clubs programme.
- Cedar will offer Theatre as a course within the core curriculum to MYP students, paving the way for the introduction of IBDP Theatre as a Group 6 option for IB Diploma Students in following years.
In addition, it should be noted that Film Studies already has a strong presence at Cedar. Film Studies is a popular offering as an Elective course, and students in the IB Diploma Programme have the option of taking IBDP Film as a Group 6 course.