Sharing Creative Cultures is a learning enhancement program for Sydney primary schools. It uses drama, music, movement and art to build literacy skills, confidence and capacity in speaking and effective listening. Sharing Creative Cultures responds to the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities in the areas of Personal and Social capacity, Intercultural Understanding, Ethical Understanding and Literacy.
From one-off sessions to extended weekly visits, the program employs experts in educational drama and the creative arts to engage students by sharing cultural stories and knowledge through a range of mediums including interactive storytelling, theatre games, digital technology and visual arts. Each project ends with a celebration of student’s achievement in producing either a visual or performing artwork.
Opportunities for participating schools have included workshops with accomplished artists or sports people, performances with classical musicians from the Australian Quartet, meetings with high profile personalities (politicians, business people, chefs) as well as participation in benevolent projects such as theatre visits supported by the generosity of the Sydney Opera House Trust, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Liverpool PCYC and Koori Radio.
Comments from Sharing Creative Cultures students (Year 4-6):
- ‘When you do drama it calms you down in school work’
- ‘It teaches you not to be afraid’
- ‘I was not confident and now I am from Drama’
- ‘I feel more encouraged and brave’
- ‘It helps me speak in class more clearly’
- ‘It helps me put up my hand more in class’
- ‘Makes me enjoy going to school’
Comments from teachers
- ‘I have more ideas to use in the classroom that are active or hands-on’
- ‘It has been good to see drama lessons in action- how to immerse students in the activities, using role play’
- ‘I’ve gained drama ideas to do in the classroom that include mime, rhythm, listening skills and creativity’
- ‘[Students demonstrate] increased confidence when working with others to achieve learning goals’
- ‘Through the SCC program the students are growing in confidence when communicating and performing, and I am able to capitalize on their growing skills’