All the school's a stage at Tampines Secondary

All the school's a stage at Tampines Secondary

Music is Tampines Secondary School student Audrey Yong's newfound interest, after she learnt to play the guitar, sing a capella and dance hip-hop in school.

"I know more about music, and it made me step out of my comfort zone," said the 15-year-old, who can now read music scores and has performed on stage in front of large audiences. At her school, Secondary 1 to 3 students pick up new performing or visual art skills each year from a range of modules, including drama, beatboxing and ukulele.

They spend about 10 hours practising, after which they have to put up a performance.

Tampines Secondary principal Balamurugan Krishnasamy said the initiative was started in 2011. It was developed because "students wanted a performing arts experience that was different from the standard CCAs we offered", he said. The school, which has attained niche status in creative expressions, including performing and visual arts, plans to fold the initiative into its Learning for Life scheme.

"Picking up a new skill requires commitment, and performing in a group requires empathising with fellow performers," said Mr Balamurugan.

To create a constant buzz in the performing arts, students will have more areas in school to showcase their skills next year, he said. For instance, one room will be turned into an experimental theatre.

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