Head of My Creativity Faculty
Creative Arts at Pencalenick comprises Art, Dance, Drama, Media and Music; five subjects which naturally lend themselves to developing the many soft skills that enable young people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals. Learning a musical instrument, creating a painting, learning to dance, or singing in a chorus teaches that taking small steps, practicing to get better at something, being persistent, and being patient, even in the face of adversity, are important for growth and improvement. In other words, Creative Arts teach habits, behaviours and attitudes that are necessary for success in any field of endeavor.
All pupils in both KS3 and KS4 have the four Creative Arts subjects included in their timetable, and their achievements are recognised and celebrated across both key stages through Arts Award.
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that inspires young people to connect with and take part in the wider arts. To achieve their Arts Award, our pupils take on challenges in each art form, participate in creative arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others.
We deliver three Arts Award qualifications:
Discover – Introductory award
Explore – Entry Level award (Entry 3)
Bronze – Level 1 award
To enhance pupils' experience of the Arts we are constantly seeking enrichment opportunities that enable pupils to work with professional artists, musicians and dance practitioners, and showcase their creative skills to a wider audience.
Our Art department has strong links with mainstream schools and a number of ‘real’ artists. We participate annually in the Combined Truro Schools Project, which allows pupils to work with visiting artists, participate in organised workshops and exhibit their work at the Royal Cornwall Museum.
In the Music department we run our own orchestra project, working in partnership with Open School Orchestras and the Cornwall Music Hub. The project gives pupils the opportunity to play as an ensemble, learn instrumental skills and perform in the community. We use classical pieces of music as inspiration and a starting point to create our own compositions. We also provide 1:1 instrumental lessons for pupils who show an interest in a particular instrument. These are delivered by specialist instrumental teachers from Cornwall Music Service Trust.
For over ten years our Dance department has invited pupils to participate in the Carrick Dance Platform, an annual dance showcase for schools in Truro, Falmouth and Penryn. Every year a group of Pencalenick dance enthusiasts commit to weekly rehearsals, culminating in a matinee and evening performance at the HfC. The project allows pupils to undertake more technical choreography and gain a deeper understanding of the choreographic process. They are given a taste of what it is like to be part of a dance company, and what it takes to create a polished performance.
More recently the Dance department has formed strong links with Cornwall’s Dance Republic 2, which has enabled our pupils to be part of additional youth dance projects including the Secondary Schools Dance Platform at the HfC and Ghost Dancers at the Eden Project. These projects have given our pupils the incredible privilege of working with professionals from Rambert Dance Company, a leading British dance company, as well as London-based contemporary dance company, Tavaziva.