Evans Intensive English Centre (IEC) has a long and positive relationship with The Song Room, a not-for-profit organisation that delivers evidence-based music and arts programs to communities where those needs are recognised. Many of our IEC students come from challenging backgrounds so providing them creative outlets such as visual arts, Hip Hop, drumming and singing; we aim to foster a nurturing environment.
In 2018, Amy from The Song Room spent six months working with junior IEC students creating a range of art projects from 3D designs to murals. The mural is now exhibited in the IEC playground and depicts a peace symbol – an ideology that Evans IEC wants to promote.
Later in the year, the IEC were lucky enough to have Kelvin as the new Artist in Residence from The Song Room. He is a trained Hip Hop dancer and has helped to develop the students’ coordination, self-confidence and performance skills. Last term, senior IEC students performed for 200 high school teachers in the city which was a wonderful learning curve for them.
We hope to continue our relationship with The Song Room not only because they are a wonderful bunch of people but because we at the IEC believe that creative and performing arts are extremely important to the development of our students.