LIVE YOUR PASSION
GYPS Aesthetics Department is committed to providing all students with opportunities to engage and succeed in the arts. The needs and interests of every student is catered to through high quality and customised programmes. We tap on our multi-national student population which is a very unique resource to share their diverse cultural experiences through the Arts. Amidst a vibrant learning environment, students discover their innate talents from the classroom music curriculum to the application of the skills in the CCA Programme, transforming into gracious citizens of Singapore. Thus, 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
GYPS pupils are able to express themselves confidently through Art and Music
- In expressing themselves through the Arts, students develop their communication skills.
- Arts activities provide an avenue for students to express their emotions.
- Arts activities that enable students to work with their peers and help them develop 21st century skills.
- Arts programmes that cater to both the affective and cognitive domains of our students.
The programme ‘LIVE YOUR PASSION’ aims to develop performing arts as the school’s niche. This is done through infusion in the school curriculum and after-school programmes.
‘Live Your Passion’ Programme for 2020 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)
GYPS Arts Framework (Performing and Visual)
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 2020) as shown in Diagram B.
Learning for Life Programme (LLP)
Recognised and supported by the Ministry of Education, the LLP provides pupils with real-life experiential learning to develop their character and values. This includes inculcating positive attitudes and strengthening 21st century competencies. There is strong emphasis on professional development of teachers to ensure sustainability of the programme in the long term.
We are implementing a 3-tiered structure catering to different learning experiences, interests and abilities.
The school’s Classroom Music curriculum for all levels is delivered in 4 modules namely: (1) Singing (2) Theory and Composing (3) Listening and Responding to Music – Cultural Appreciation and (4) Ensemble Playing. Music literacy is developed through reading and performance based conventional and non-conventional notation leading to self-expression and creativity. 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 of developing confident and passionate individuals, the school is working towards helping members of the various instrumental groups to obtain the necessary qualifications to better their understanding of Music as well as to gain admission to secondary schools offering the Art/Music Elective Programme (AEP/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
Angklung & Kuliantang Ensemble at 2018 SYF Arts Presentation
Indian Dance Group at 2018 SYF Arts Presentation
Malay Dance Group at 2018 SYF Arts Presentation
Chinese Dance at 2018 SYF Arts Presentation
GYPS A# Handbell Ensemble at 2018 SYF Arts Presentation
GYPS 101st Open House on 27 July 2019
Primary 4 Cohort Programme – Annual Musical (2019)
Our P4 students confidently presented a theatrical dance performance entitled “Embracing a New Age”. Scripted by the students themselves, it represented the hopes and aspirations of all GYPS students. It depicted the way students learn in a futuristic environment, assisted by androids and robots. Coupled with a mindset of innovation and the courage to test out new inventions, they explored the use of futuristic transportation tools to connect the world. Tapping on their curiosity, they showed us how their knowledge of the life sciences and human DNA can be applied to benefit mankind.
Milestone Musical for our 100th Anniversary Celebrations in 2018
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.
A# TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
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, the group was accorded a Certification of Distinction in 2014 and 2016. The group was accorded a Certificate of Accomplishment in 2018.
Public Performances (2017)
A heart-warming and nostalgic concert by our Primary 6 pupils paying tribute to parents and teachers
GYPS Visual Arts Curriculum
The objectives of the GYPS Curriculum are achieved through the Primary Art Syllabus Framework in the figure below that encapsulates the key features of
- The three Big Ideas at the heart of the syllabus framework form the enduring understandings that provide focus for the teaching and learning of art.
- The big ideas frame the three Learning Domains of see, express and appreciate that present learning opportunities for students to develop the Key Competencies of observe-inquire, create-innovate, and connect-respond.
- Pupils learn to see, express and appreciate through the four key components of the Learning Content – context, artistic processes, media and visual qualities.
- In the process, pupils acquire knowledge, skills and values that equip them to be active artists and informed audiences.
The Syllabus 32
From P1 to P6, pupils will be exposed to 32 selected artworks by Singapore and international master/contemporary artists as well as by students from our schools. To experience art making and art discussion meaningfully, these artworks are organised under three focus areas:
- Self and Immediate Environment
- Singapore Past, Present and Future
- The World and Region We Live in
Learning from artworks allows our pupils to develop understanding of the big ideas in art.
These are some of the artworks which pupils will be looking at:
Visual Arts Highlights
100th Anniversary Art Exhibition
In commemoration of GYPS’s 100th Anniversary in 2018, a public physical and online art exhibition were organised as part of the celebrations, showcasing a wide range of pupil’s and teacher’s artwork
Our Estate. Our Home Art Competition
Our pupils submitted entries for the Our Estate. Our Home. Art Competition organised by the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council. Two of our pupils won prizes and as a result had their work printed in the 2019 Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council Calendar.
Singapore Youth Festival @ Esplanade
‘Melodies’ Series at the Esplanade Concourse on Sunday 2 July 2017
Handbell and Handchime Category
21 A# Junior Ringers joined their seniors for this performance at the Esplanade Concourse with a rendition of ‘Trumpet Voluntary’, ‘Colours of the Wind’ and ‘Di Tanjong Katong’. Many thanks to all the parents who turned up to support us.
Singapore Youth Festival 2017
Visual Art Exhibition
Category A (Primary 1 and 2)
“We Try New Things”
In this Artwork, we imagine many colourful bubbles under the surface of the sea. We can see images of pokeballs, illuminatis, genetic cells and other interesting patterns. It may look like a cave with some awesome rock formations, explosions of a nebula, Martian’s eggs or even cells that we may not have discovered. They may not have a nucleus or anything but we will definitely enhance our imagination and continue to explore the secrets of the world.
Category B (Primary 3 and 4)
“Teams with Open Minds”
We enjoy doodling our imaginative ideas in circles of different sizes. The circles represent different groups of people coming together to unleash their creativity and share interesting ideas.
Category C (Primary 5 and 6)
“We Reach Out and Embrace Our Differences”
In school, we enjoy different types of learning experiences in different spaces such as gardens, library, art room, science laboratory, etc. The four colours represent our multi-racial society. We hope everyone can work together to build a vibrant Singapore that we all can be proud of.
Receipients Of Certificate Of Recognition For Category B
“Teams with Open Minds” was exhibited at Scape Park and our Art Team was on-site to showcase their artwork. Congratulations to the GYPS Art Team!
GYPS A# Handbell in the Ministry of Bellz 10th Annual Concert
GYPS A# Handbell Ringers participated in the Ministry of Bellz 10th Annual Concert (MOB-10) Classic Celebrations – featuring international and foreign artistes, bringing the audience through a world of familiar classical and orchestral music combined with story-telling, ballet cum multi-media and multi-sensory experiences at School of the Arts (SOTA) on Saturday 21 January 2017.
Congratulations to our A# Ringers and Teachers-in-Charge for their participation and achieving the feat of being a part of the LARGEST HANDBELL ENSEMBLE with a total of 290 ringers (breaking the current record) and was inducted once again into the SINGAPORE BOOK OF RECORDS!! Well Done, A# TEAM!!
“We wish all our Performing Arts groups a very successful SYF Arts Presentation”