Performing Arts/ Drama is an exciting new subject in Aberdare Community School. It is a subject where creativity is at the heart of the learning, allowing pupils to explore the world in which they live, in a practical and reflective way. It aims to encourage pupils to use their imagination, develop their self-confidence and thinking skills in a fun and stimulating environment with access to some of the best school theatrical facilities in Wales. This includes a dance studio with mirrors and a sprung floor, a fully equipped drama studio with lighting and sound mixing desks, an extensive selection of theatrical resources and a 250 seat performance space.
Performing Arts contributes to the personal and social development of all pupils, as well as the cultural ethos of the school. Performing Arts helps our younger pupils to develop their confidence in Speaking and Listening skills which are a key element within the English curriculum.
Throughout Year 7 & 8 pupils are taught twice a fortnight, with Year 9 pupils having one lesson a fortnight. There is the option for pupils to take up the subject at GCSE and AS/A Level. Pupils are offered further experience of the Performing Arts industry by going on trips to the theatre and having outside agencies perform within our facilities.
The department also hosts plenty of extra-curricular activities such as a Drama club for KS3 and the annual school production. Recent successes have included Grease (2014) and Oliver! (2015) which have been performed in professional venues within the local community such as The Coliseum.