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.
Our past performances included Roald Dayl’s Willy Wonka, Jr in 2019, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. in 2018 and Seussical in 2017. Led by our drama department, the students put on a marvelous production each year to a standing-room only crowd of parents, faculty, and guests.
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.