At Kellett School, a large emphasis is placed on the importance of a well-rounded education. The Arts have always featured strongly, whether it be through music, drama, art or design and technology.
Kellett's Senior School campus has facilities and spaces for the arts that are second to none. Purpose-built art studios, design and technology suites, exhibition spaces, a 380-seat theatre, top-of-the-range Music suites and practice rooms, drama and dance studios, all help to create an exceptional learning environment. These wonderful facilities form just part of the excellence that makes up the Creative and Performing Arts at Kellett School. The breadth of the curriculum, the extensive extra-curricular activities offered and the strength in teaching expertise in this area are what give the Arts at Kellett School its strong and enviable reputation.
Art at Kellett is highly respected within the school community and constantly enjoys outstanding success.
The Art curriculum focuses upon building a wide range of skills in a breadth of disciplines that encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
The Kowloon Bay campus has three well-equipped and spacious Art studios, as well as a large open plan working space and exhibition area that creates an exceptional learning environment. The students’ works have a high profile around the school with regular displays and an annual exhibition, both in school and at an external public venue.
The department has two full-time, highly-experienced staff, both of whom are practising artists, and a full time technician with strong graphic design and digital skills.
Students are taught to analyse the works of other artists and are encouraged to visit galleries both in Hong Kong and whilst traveling overseas.
Local and international artists are regularly invited to use the exhibition and working space and present their work to the students. This relationship with practising artists is invaluable in building a deeper appreciation of other artists’ working practices.
High expectations are placed upon the students in all year levels and the units of work are often ambitious and designed to inspire a strong sense of creativity and individualism. All students are able to enjoy and learn to appreciate Art making and Art studying and build upon their creative successes in a positive, nurturing environment.
The Senior Music curriculum, extra-curricular activities and music trips offer an exciting and dynamic range of opportunities to broaden and develop our students' love of music.
At the centre of our programme is the Senior Music curriculum, which is dynamically styled to immerse our students in Performance, Composition and the Appraisal of music to an advanced level. All activities take full advantage of our purpose-built music Suite, which includes an Apple Music Technology Suite, rehearsal and ensemble rooms, professional theatre and music library.
Throughout the year, there are numerous performance opportunities for all of our students, Some of these events are concerts, some are competitions and workshops, and others are combined events with other curriculum areas and the Preparatory School. As part of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), Kellett students are also afforded the opportunity to join with musicians from across Asia to perform musical pieces both locally and abroad.
The Senior Drama curriculum, extra-curricular activities and drama workshops offer a range of explorative and performance opportunities for students to engage with drama as an art form.
Drama at Kellett in years 7 - 9 is structured to provide a breadth of experience in Making, Performing and Responding, and these skills are developed and honed within Years 10 - 11 and Years 12 - 13, as the students become more sophisticated practitioners. All activities take full advantage of our purpose-built spaces from the full equipped David Kidd Theatre, to the dance and drama studios. Theatre Technicians also support the department providing guidance to our student technical team. Throughout the year we offer a number of drama workshops, conducted by our own specialists and also by outside providers. These are intneded to build on the skills developed in curriculum drama but also to provide extension work. A large number of theatre visits also provide drama enrichment for our students.
In Design & Technology, students at Kellett combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.
Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Working in stimulating contexts that draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, students identify needs and opportunities. they respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding or aesthetic, technical, cultural , health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.