The Arts at Pembroke provide a variety of opportunities for students to enjoy a rich creative life. Focus is placed on enjoyment of new experiences, exploration of artistic processes and development of specific skills, with emphasis on both broad participation and a high degree of artistic excellence. Students are encouraged through their artistic pursuits to find new ways of seeing and interpreting their worlds.
With three independent and dynamic faculties of Visual Art, Music and Drama, students have the opportunity to explore one or more of these disciplines with highly trained and experienced specialist teachers from ELC to Year 12. From Years 10-12 Film is also offered as a subject. The curriculum is carefully developed to provide students with a balance of practical and theoretical learning, opportunities for independent and group exploration and focus on local and international, traditional and contemporary areas of study.
A busy co-curricular program expands on the Arts curriculum to allow all students at Pembroke to enjoy artistic experiences and become involved in the presentation of public performances and exhibitions. The Drama, Music and Visual Art Calendars chart the diversity and substance of Pembroke's performance and exhibition opportunities, providing occasions for each faculty to celebrate student achievement as well as unique opportunities for interdisciplinary, artistic collaboration.
In Visual Art, Art Exhibitions at all year levels are evident, notably the Middle School Art Exhibition and the annual Year 12 Art Exhibition when the Margaret Bennett Awards for outstanding work by an IB and a SACE student are presented. Throughout the year the enthusiasm, expertise and creativity of Visual Art students is celebrated in the ongoing public display of student work in all art rooms, Bills House and the Middle School Sculpture Courtyard. Cross age exhibitions featuring Middle and Junior students are also a highlight of the Exhibition Calendar. Artist in Residence programs are a regular feature of the Arts calendar, offering students the opportunity to work with and learn from professional artists.
In Music, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of choral and music ensembles with a myriad of orchestral, choral, band and Rock School concerts including the Annual Showcase, celebrating student enjoyment and expertise in music at Pembroke. Special events enabling collaboration with distinguished professional artists also characterise the musical program. Students regularly participate in local and international tours and community events and workshops.
In Drama, students enjoy a rich and varied performance program ranging from Middle School Workshops and Productions to the Senior School and Year 12 Productions. Students are also given opportunities to participate in special events in the wider community such as the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festival. Students of Film are given the opportunity to present their work at the annual Unreel Film Festival, which showcases outstanding student films. Attendance at professional theatre and film productions and opportunities to work with industry professionals are highlights of the program.