When it comes to the arts, students at St Joseph’s College are frequently invited to step outside their comfort zones, for it is then the real magic and learning happens.
Artist Henri Matisse summed up our approach to the creative and performing arts when he said, ‘Another word for creativity is courage.’
From the earliest years, children are invited and encouraged to paint, draw, sing, dance, act, recite, play music, design and build. We know their natural creativity is just waiting to be unleashed. As they progress through the College the opportunities keep on coming – nativity plays, summer productions, pantomimes, musicals, lunchtime concerts, evening concerts, dance shows, art exhibitions, masterclasses… it’s endless.
Inspiration comes through vibrant, world-view lessons, of course, but also from great masterpieces on trips to galleries in Britain and abroad, visits to thought-provoking plays and participation in instrumental and choral events. Our annual Arts Festival gives creativity free rein.
Awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council, St Joseph’s College is recognised as a centre of excellence for its arts provision. The school also partners with Arts International, an organisation which brings leading lights of the professional theatre into schools and colleges to work with students on projects from Shakespeare to hip-hop.