The Arts provide the means for every student to learn. They provide opportunities for creativity and self-expression in a range of methods. They exercise and develop higher order thinking skills necessary for 21st Century learning. Through creative, critical and reflective thinking students analyse, synthesise, evaluate, and problem solve.In addition, they must be able to communicate effectively, collaborate with people different from themselves, exercise initiative, self-direction and independence.The Arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals.
At Killester, the Arts include the Performing Arts of Drama and Music and the Visual Arts including Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design. The Arts are compulsory for all students from year 7 to 9. A range of electives in the Arts is offered in year 10.
Art, Drama, Music, Media and Visual Communication Design are offered for VCE.
Music at Killester
Every student at Killester has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in either Year 7 or Year 8. The girls can choose between the following instruments – flute, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, and percussion. Each student is provided with an instrument. Extra teachers are employed to help the classroom teacher so that the girls can be taught in small groups. The girls learn to read music as well as play by ear and compose pieces. They cover theory and aural skills that help them to progress on their instrument. Each week they have small group lessons and then come together to play as a band. At the end of each semester the girls perform at the Music Extravaganza, held at Monash University. This gives them the chance to show off their skills to their parents and watch the more advanced musicians perform.