Etymologically originating from the Greek word αἰσθητικός (aisthētikós), aesthetics carries the meaning “of or for perception by the senses”. Exploration of this field thus entails our students cognitively exploring their concept of self and simultaneously perceive and build relationships between said self and their environs.
Through dance, drama, music, literary and visual arts, aesthetics also promotes appreciation and understanding of differing cultures, values, behaviours and attitudes that underpin society. This leads to the formulation of a contemplative practitioner, which should be our end goal.
Arts Policy in Northbrooks Secondary School
The Aesthetics Committee aims to develop and cultivate an arts appreciation amongst the Brooksian populationwhile at the same time, flourish a vibrant culture of the arts in school.
Based on Northbrooks Strategy Map for 2019 to 2023, the Aesthetics domain adopts three approaches to its programming i.e., Exposure, Engagement and Empowerment (3E Approach), as shown below.
The 3E Approach is one of the school’s strategic objectives to “cultivate an appreciation for the Arts” under the Strategic Thrust 2 of Quality Programme for ChAMPS Development. It supports the eventual Student Outcome of “an expressive individual who displays an appreciation for the Arts”.
The 3E Approach is adapted from Donald J. Trefinger’s Levels of Service (LoS) Approach to Programming for Talent Development - suggesting 4 Levels of Service which guides in organising, carrying out and evaluating talent development programming for students.