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Creative Arts

Hiram Bingham is fully committed to a complete and enriching curriculum for its students. A very important part of this is the creative arts, not only because they develop skills that promote creativity, but also because the creative arts stimulate observation skills and those of analysis and problem solving. It is through music, dance, visual arts and drama that students learn to interpret their surroundings in their own individual and unique way, expressing their feelings and thoughts and at the same time reflecting on their learning processes and always bearing in mind the close relationship which all this has with the emotional development of the students.

The study of creative arts is not only about creation, it is also about appreciating and understanding the arts. We give students the opportunity to explore different cultures, different historical periods and different creative approaches. This in turn allows them to widen their horizons and promotes tolerance and respect for cultural and artistic diversity, besides developing their cognitive abilities and capacities for critical thinking.

We offer creative arts in the three IB programmes – PYP, MYP and Diploma – and for this we have developed a continuum of concepts, knowledge and skills that go all the way from the start of nursery through to the final stage of secondary school. We actively participate in the annual festivals of the ADCA association, which include an art exhibition, dance presentations and a musical evening. Our students also present their work internally in exhibitions and assemblies. Another feature is our school play, which has become an annual event and is normally presented in the fourth bimester, with participation from both Primary and Secondary students.

We believe that the fact that our students can explore and experiment in the creative arts prepares them to be rounded individuals able to contribute positively to society.