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At Oakhill, we believe that the Arts are as important as academics and sport, and participation in cultural extensions is actively encouraged. Music, drama and art form the basis of our Arts offering, allowing students to explore their creativity and express themselves in a different way.

The Art Studio at Oakhill is a centre of creativity, offering tuition in both three dimensional media and two dimensional forms of art. Students learn formal and applied methods and are also introduced to modern innovative techniques that allow for personal exploration. At present the studio offers graphic art, wood sculpture, ceramic sculpture and painting in both oils and acrylic to College students.

The studio focuses on drawing skills as an integral foundation for all the arts. At all times the emphasis lies in the nurturing of the creative impetus of the individual and the formulation of an individual style. The studio exhibits in local art exhibitions as well as the annual IEB practical examinations.

Music is an integral part of the school curriculum. At Oakhill, music and the playing of instruments is enjoyed by all students. The Music Centre provides students with opportunities to explore music in all its dimensions and to acquire theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills with instruments.

Oakhill endeavours to provide tuition to any student willing to learn an instrument. At present lessons are provided in the following instruments: piano, flute, concert flute, recorder, saxophone, trumpet, woodwind instruments, harp, drums, guitar – both classical and electrical. Both the Prep and College choirs continue to build a solid reputation, performing at assemblies and other internal and external functions such as concerts, festivals and eisteddfods.

Music is offered as a subject from Grade 8 to Grade 12. Although innovative, creative and enjoyable, Music as an academic subject is rigorous and requires real commitment. Provided, a student has attained a satisfactory musical level before entering Grade 10, Music may be taken as a Matriculation subject.

Dramatic Arts is an integral and vital part of the holistic education offered at Oakhill. Through the study and development of movement and voice, students acquire the ability to express themselves physically and vocally with confidence.

In the College, the study of Dramatic Art becomes more formal as texts, both classical and modern, are thoroughly explored, auditions held, and productions mounted. Students are involved in all aspects of production to achieve a synthesis of the visual arts, music, movement and dramatisation. By the time students reach their final year, they are well equipped for the IEB practical examinations.

At the end of each year, significant achievements are celebrated at our annual College Celebration of Excellence. In addition to specific trophies and merit certificates, arts honours and colours are awarded. The criteria for these awards are outlined in our Arts Awards Policy document

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