The Arts, Creativity & Innovation

Creativity and Innovation

Understanding, identifying, and nurturing the creative potential is a strategic priority at St Mark’s. We want our students to be able to address academic and personal challenges, to be resourceful and agile in finding innovative solutions and alternatives, and to contribute to their local and global communities in positive, enterprising ways.

Critical engagement through creative processes helps us to see things from a different perspective and suggest connections between different phenomena that were not previously recognised. Our students' social skills and ability to work cooperatively are fostered. Creative processes engender the development of negotiation skills which can mean that conflict can be managed more effectively and tolerance for difference built. Social cohesion and community can develop because multicultural understanding is promoted.

It is recognised that at St Mark’s our diverse arts education programs are closely linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Involvement in the arts as a creative process is associated with gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills.

Arts Learning Areas

Welcome to the Arts Faculty, which incorporates Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Rarely do students have the opportunity within a school curriculum and co-curricular program to choose from the full range of arts subjects. 

At St Mark’s we take a broader view about the inherent similarities and common threads that draw all art disciplines together. Arts staff are committed to innovation and student engagement, offering programs as wide-ranging as Asian Theatre traditions, modern music technologies, art inquiry and the power and persuasion of the media.  Arts learning also improves motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. It connects our students more deeply to the world and opens them to new ways of looking at life.

We provide university relevant specialisations and opportunities for all students to develop a growth mindset cultivating flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative, innovative, appreciate cultural diversity and strive for excellence. Whatever arts pathway you choose you will find a common language shared across all forms and you will have an exciting, rewarding and transformational experience.