Congratulations to all of our students for demonstrating outstanding creative and critical thinking this year!
The 2019-2020 school started off strong with eager students from all divisions excited about the plethora of opportunities VAPA had in store for them this year, and none of those students could have predicted how those opportunities would be altered with the global pandemic. Nonetheless, VAPA education and events adapted to challenges that came with distance learning, and ISP VAPA proved once again that #thereisnoplacelikeisp.
VAPA events were the public highlights of a very busy year in the Arts at ISP.We were able to ensure students were involved in all aspects of processes and thus our events were vehicles for learning.
The Secondary musical was “Matilda”, a piece that was enjoyed by students and parents alike. The learning which takes place when students are engaged in such challenging multi-age activities is second to none. “Alice in Wonderland” was in full swing with energetic rehearsals until school was closed. The production team, cast and backstage crew continued rehearsal online until the end of the year and are excited to perform live when it is safe to do so in the PAC or through a digital option.
This year, students had the opportunity to perform in a multitude of venues, starting with the PTA Back-to-School Barbecue and continuing with ArtsFest, where students participated in creative workshops and demonstrated their learning process within the first few months of school, and then did the same, only virtually in the second semester. We had the largest pit orchestra, performing the original music for Matilda completely live. Second semester, students worked toward a student-led Formal Music Concert, presented online, and recorded collaboratively by all ensembles.
If you missed any of our virtual events, you can find them on the VAPA Online webpage: https://www.isp.edu.pa/apps/pages/VAPAOnline
If you would like to explore VAPA further over the summer, please check out this website for great resources and ideas: https://artsandculture.google.com/
We hope you have a wonderful holiday and we can’t wait to hear all about the creative initiatives you embarked on over the summer.
ISP VAPA team