English Language, Literature & Drama
CHIJ Katong Convent’s English, Literature and Drama Department seeks to develop critical thinkers and articulate communicators with a passion for English Language, Literature in English and Drama.
The KC drama programme aims to equip the KC girl with the tools to be an effective communicator, and an innovative problem solver in a world that is increasingly complex and dynamic. More importantly, by introducing students to issues of society and the world, the drama programme aims to nurture students with the compassion to enact change for those less privileged than themselves.
The programme develops the effective communicator and critical thinker through its use of real world contexts in its three subject areas. By employing effective questioning and exploratory talk, the programme develops the students’ voice and opinion, such that she is able to construct her own theories of knowledge and understanding.
By grounding the learning of effective communication in literature and drama, the application of language learnings take on authenticity and relevance in the students’ lives. In so doing, student talent in the artistic expression of communication: creative writing and drama, is also nurtured.
The KC drama programme takes a physical theatre ensemble approach to theatre making in the style of Jerzy Grotowski’s poor theatre. In eschewing the theatrical trappings of sound, light, set, and costume design, the KC drama programme foregrounds the inherent talents of each individual child that are nurtured in collaborative theatre making. Not only does the ensemble physical theatre form equalise all actors, but it also holds at its core, the transformative power of theatre.
- School-based Shakespeare Workshops
- Learning journeys and artist talks (Writer’s series @ KC Library, Shakespeare in the Park)
- Participation in competitions (ACJC Orator’s Trophy, Plain English Speaking Awards, Commonwealth Essay)
- School-wide Arts Immersion Programme (eg. Script wring, contact improvisation, poetry writing)
- Showcasing work in art exhibitions and presentations
- Upper Secondary DEP workshops and learning journeys (Directing, devising, Viewpoints, M1 Fringe Festival, Singapore Festival of the Arts)
- Participation in external literary workshops (Creative Arts Programme, Camp Lit)