Our Arts Program
St. Jude’s Academy Arts Showcase: Imaginarium
Each year, St. Jude’s Academy hosts an event to showcase the talent and skill of our students. This is the St. Jude’s Academy difference—we regularly celebrate our students’ success and this year we have done so in a unique, accessible digital space. Due to COVID-19, in June 2020, St. Jude’s Academy launched the website for our first JK to Grade 12 Virtual Arts Showcase: Imaginarium. The SJA community was able visit this virtual site, view the slide shows, click on the different art pieces and appreciate the hard work our students have put in to create these beautiful art pieces. This year we featured a special segment called Shakespeare Through the Ages where the SJA community could take a trip back in time to our Shakespeare plays from the previous years, in a digital format.
The SJA Imaginarium was a chance to experience the journey of art from our kindergarteners to our graduating Grade 12 students. We all enjoyed this year’s event. We are together, even though we are apart.
Arts at St. Jude’s Academy is an enriched experience lead by specialists in Music, Visual Arts and Drama. From as young as 3, students explore multiple disciplines in the Arts and are encouraged to express themselves creatively. Although the IB program is primarily an academics-focussed program, learning the Arts enforces a more well-rounded experience for the student, allowing them to flourish not only academically but artistically as well. Moreover, the Arts program at St. Jude’s Academy is not an isolated experience, as topics explored in academic curriculum are weaved into the Arts curriculum. This makes students’ learning applicable and relevant to different contexts, both interculturally and across diverse subject areas. For example, students can be found creating artistic masterpieces using recycling as a theme, during their related unit in Science. Education is a holistic experience at St. Jude’s Academy, where students strengthen and grow their knowledge beyond standard academics, in real-world contexts.