Art is everywhere and children at Saint Benedict School have the opportunity to embrace it in a different way. It is a fun subject where students open their minds to other cultures and other worlds. Through art, children develop thinking skills, solve problems and learn other ways to see their surroundings. In the SBCS Art Program, students travel to Africa to learn about masks, to Europe to see the classic painters, to America to appreciate landscapes and crafts. They visit our neighbors to the south and learn about the rich and colorful cultures of Latin America. They mix geometry, shapes and colors to learn about abstract art. They work in big projects as they plan the back-drop for the plays or other presentations that occur throughout the school year. Students learn about art through visiting art museums, galleries, and participating in contests.
Communication is the key to the modern world. Saint Benedict Catholic School gives its students the opportunity to increase their communications skills by learning a second language.
Learning another language is not only about repeating sounds and words; it is also about learning the culture of the countries speaking that language. At SBCS, students in grades PK through Grade 5 learn Spanish through songs, crafts, and arts as children do in Spanish speaking countries. It is a playful and natural way to learn and become familiar with different sounds and words. Middle School students will have the option this year of learning a second language using Rosetta Stone.
There are several choral music opportunities at Saint Benedict Catholic School. Children in grades 3-8 may participate in the SBCS Performance Choir which is an outreach show choir intended to serve the greater community through offering musical performances. The SBCS Mass Choir is primarily for middle school students. In the Mass choir, students learn Catholic hymns, songs and musical responses to be sung at weekly SBCS School Masses. Individuals and groups have the chance to lead others as cantors. This valuable skill can be carried into adulthood and shared with others wherever they may live.
Classroom music at SBCS is for all students in grades PK3 – 5 while students in middle school have an opportunity to participate in integrated arts. Music gives students the opportunity to learn music theory, ear training, note and rhythm reading, music history, the names and sounds of musical instruments, music appreciation, and sacred music. Students learn vocal music singing techniques, to sing as a soloist and in choral groups.
Students in grades 6-8 have an opportunity to participate in music through an integrated arts program that incorporates World Music, technology, music composition and drama.
Band is new at SBCS. It is offered to all children in fifth through eighth grades. Students rent or purchase their own instruments and pay an annual fee to participate. Band meets twice each week during classroom time.
The Saint Benedict School Orchestra Program is through the Eastern Shores Chamber Orchestra. The program offers private instruction in strings and other orchestral instruments as well as guitar. Most instruction is for fee and individual, but some group lessons occur as well.
Dance at SBCS is offered to all students at SBCS from PK3 to eighth grade. It is taught by Mrs. Lindy Mueller, an experienced dancer with a degree in dance pedagogy. Dance is a great way to build social, educational, and kinesthetic skills. Dance technique develops coordination, flexibility, strength and balance. Through dance, memory, listening and sharing skills will expand leading to improved creative and cognitive thinking. Students learn to use both sides of the brain, which enhances academic performance. The dance program at St. Benedict incorporates ballet, jazz, modern, and interdisciplinary arts. These classes are for a small fee and meet during school hours.
Two school musical opportunities exist. One is the annual Christmas musical which is for the entire student body. Middle school students are cast members while each class performs their own choreographed song as part of the drama. The second opportunity is a spring musical performed only by middle schoolers. These occasions reinforce the skills of performance, memorization, cooperation, public speaking, listening, and following directions.