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Strangford College, Newtownards

Drama and Performing Arts

Our Vision

The Drama Department at Strangford Integrated College promotes a positive ethos.  Our values include; Respect, Compassion, Trust, Co-operation and Determination.  Through drama, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment.  Pupils are involved in creating and presenting, developing their acting and presenting skills through participating in scripted and improvised drama.  Exploring real and imaginary situations helps pupils to understand, share their world and develop their understanding of the worlds of others, both in the past, present and future.

Staff: Ms T Turnbull (Subject Leader)

Key Stage 3

In Year 8, students learn through a variety of skills and theme based units including: Vision, Values and Aims; Mime and Movement and Superheroes.

In Year 9, students learn through a variety of skills and theme based units including: Improvisation; Voice and Movement; Conventions and Anti-Bullying.

In Year 10, students continue to develop their voice and language skills through their exploration of characterisation and role-play.  Units of work include: Murder Mystery; Drug Awareness and Peer Pressure.

Key Stage 4

GCSE students study the CCEA Drama course. Building on the Key Stage 3 foundation, pupils will explore and develop their work through: Devised Performance (25%); Scripted Performance (35%) Knowledge and Understanding of Drama (405).  Pupils may choose to be an Actor or a Designer.  As part of their course, pupil attend the theatre using their experiences from the theatre in workshops in the classroom.

Key Stage 5

A-Level students study the CCEA Performing Arts course.  For AS Performing Arts they will study ‘Developing Skills + Repertoire and ‘Planning + Realise a Performing Arts Event.  For A2 students will study ‘Planning For Employment’ and ‘Performing to a Commission Brief’.

Extra-Curricular Visits and Trips

Recently we attended the Space to see Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ and the Lyceum Theatre to see Brian Friel’s ‘Winners and Losers’.  As part of their GCSE students have taken part in the National Theatre Connections Festival performing both at Strangford Integrated College and at the Lyceum Theatre in Belfast.

Throughout the coming session 2018/19 students from Year 8 to Year 14 will take part in the school show ‘Annie’.  Rehearsal will take place at lunchtime and after school.