Fine arts develop the creative side of our students
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary believes in providing a strong and diverse curriculum and our fine arts program is one of the best. The study and participation in the fine arts is a key component in improving learning throughout all academic areas. Study of the fine arts fosters a love for learning, improves student dignity, enhances creativity and produces a more prepared citizen for the workplace for tomorrow.
Students benefit greatly from participating in drama. They gain poise, self-confidence, and the ability to speak in front of others. They learn patience while they are waiting for their cue. They learn to be supportive when they have a small role, and they learn that they can’t do it all alone when they have a bigger role.
The OLF Elementary theater program is one of the best on the coast. We pull together a wide variety of skill from different students and put them to work. In addition to actors, dancers, and singers, a theatrical production requires good lighting, sound production, and stage hands. Everyone has a chance to participate in our theater program.
Each spring OLF Elementary puts on a large theatrical production at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. In 2017, our students performed Seussical. Led by Ms Jacqueline Coale, the students put on a marvelous production of this musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
French is fun! French class is offered to all students at OLF Elementary from kindergarten through 6th grade. A foreign language provides students a better understanding of the native language; a broadening of the students’ view of the world; its cultures and situation; and an excitement, which often carries over into other academic and social area, at learning something completely new.
The music instruction continues to be cited as a profoundly positive element of educating young students. Our own experiences, as well as countless studies, validate the benefits of elementary music education. It’s important in the development of a student’s ability to understand new concepts, think logically, solve problems, exercise intellectual thinking, personal discipline, and perform with confidence individually and as part of a group. As Catholic educators, we are exhorted to consider the importance of music, especially in its liturgical application. Music has a strong influence in shaping the whole person presented to us by God for our care and instruction.