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At Guangyang Primary School, we are committed to providing all pupils with opportunities to engage and succeed in the Arts, regardless of background and language, through high quality, customised programmes. We encourage pupils to share and explore their diverse cultural experiences in the Arts. The GYPS Arts Programme aims to create a vibrant Arts scene for our pupils to explore and use their innate talents from the Classroom Music Curriculum to the application of the skills in the CCA Programme. Hence, the Aesthetics Department has developed its own vision and mission statements:
Vision: An Artist in Everyone
Mission: Maximise the potential of each and every pupil in the Arts
To nurture GYPS pupils to express themselves confidently through Art and Music.
The Aesthetics Department believes that
1. Our pupils develop their communication skills when they express themselves through music;
2. Our Arts activities provide an avenue for pupils to express their emotions;
3. Our Arts activities enable pupils to work with their peers and help them develop 21st century skills;
4. Our Arts programmes cater to both the affective and cognitive domains of our pupils.
The programme ‘LIVE YOUR PASSION’ aims to develop performing arts as the school’s niche area. This is done through infusion in the school curriculum and after-school programmes.
‘Live Your Passion’ Programme for 2017 comprises 3 core components namely: the broad-based Music Curriculum, the complementary performing arts Co-curricular Activities that further develop interests, and the more specialised ‘A Sharp’ Programme (Talent Development in Music).
The programme caters to the whole pupil population as it is designed for two groups of pupils:
• pupils with Music background or who show good potential in at least 1 area of performing arts;
• remaining pupil population without any Music background.
A whole-school and broad-based approach is adopted for performing arts as a niche area. As shown in Diagram A, this is carried out through the school’s curricular and co-curricular programmes using the E3 Framework through the following stages of development: Exposure, Extension and Excellence. Based on the E3 Framework, the school plans and implements all components of ‘Live Your Passion’ (GYPS Arts Education Programme 2016) as shown in Diagram B.
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The school’s classroom Music curriculum for all levels is delivered in 3 modules namely: (1) Theory & Composing, (2) Singing and (3) Musical Instrument & Cultural Dance Experience. Music literacy in terms of conventional notation and reading takes centre stage as it is the cornerstone of a sound Music programme. Pupils will then be shown how theoretical knowledge may be applied in the choreography of dances as well as in the areas of instrumental Music and interpretation.
The school aims to enhance the Instrumental Experience of pupils through the Co-curricular Programme. Besides putting in place the processes to achieve GYPS long-term goals, the school is working towards helping members of the various instrumental groups to obtain the necessary qualifications to improve their understanding of Music as well as to gain admission to secondary schools which offer the Music Elective Programme (MEP) or the School of the Arts. Performing Arts CCAs offered are as follows:
• Angklung and Kulintang Ensemble
• Chinese Dance
• Malay Dance
• Indian Dance
• GYPS Strings
The Violin and Cello Interest Group is now formalised as a CCA and is known as GYPS Strings. Training sessions are conducted on Fridays 3.30 to 5.30 pm.
GYPS A# Handbell Ensemble
The GYPS A# Handchime Ensemble was incepted in 2007 as part of the school’s Talent Development Programme for Music and subsequently made its debut Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Performance in 2008. Since then, the members have been actively engaged in numerous public performances such as the Orchard Road Christmas Light-up and community events within the Bishan Constituency. In 2009, Handbells were introduced to enhance the members’ musical experiences. Growing from strength to strength, the group was accorded the GOLD Award at the 2010 SYF Central Judging, and subsequently GOLD (with Honours) in 2012. Under the revised SYF Arts Presentation system in 2014 and 2016, the group was accorded a Certification of Distinction.
Singapore Youth Festival Achievements
Please refer to School Achievements page.
Handbell Performance at the Bishan East Edusave Merit Bursary Award Ceremony on 10 January 2015 at the GYPS School Hall (Guest-of-Honour: Mr Wong Kan Seng)
A heart-warming and nostalgic concert performed by our Primary 6 pupils at our 2016 Annual Prize Presentation.