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Saint André Bessette Catholic Secondary School
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The Arts
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Why Arts Courses?

As stated in the Ontario Curriculum guide and through extensive research, "experiences in the Arts play a valuable role in the education of all students.  Through the Arts, students can develop their creativity, identity, self-awareness, self-confidence, and a sense of well-being.  Education in the arts involves students intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.  Learning through the arts therefore fosters integration of students' cognitive, emotional, sensory and motor capacities, and enables students with a wide variety of learning styles to increase their learning potential". (The Ontario Curriculum – The Arts)


student art work
painted image of mountains
clay figure
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Visual Arts: Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving!

"Those who perceive in themselves this kind of divine spark which is the artistic vocation-as poet, writer, sculptor, architect, musician, actor and so on-feel at the same time that obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it at the service of their neighbour and of humanity as a whole."    

Saint John Paul II

The projects in the Visual A​rt courses will help the student to develop his or her critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, while creating works of art that are both worthwhile and beautiful. The junior level courses (AVI 10, AVI 20) introduce our students to the foundations of visual art and design concepts, while the senior courses (AVI 3M, AVI 4M) develop the students' skills in the production of an extensive portfolio. Students will explore drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media, media art, art historical works, and the critique process. The skills that are developed in the visual arts program are transferable to many areas of study and to many life experiences. 


Dance at SAB

girls dancing

We currently offer all levels of Dance from grade 9-12.

The curriculum for our dance courses is based on creative collaboration, with an emphasis on creativity, choreography, group work and presentation.  Students explore basic dance styles and techniques and in their senior year work on a dance leadership focus.​

Bessette Dance Company is an extra-curricular dance troupe.  Student audition in the fall to become part of this enhanced dance experience.  The BDC is full year commitment, performing in at least 2 dance shows per year.  Student also have the opportunity to participate in dance trips throughout London and Toronto, as well as other exciting adventures.





SAB Music Department

Studying and participating in music at St. Andre is intended to develop student understanding and appreciation of music in practical and creative ways.  It offers students a source of personal satisfaction, and will help students gain creative problem-solving skills, individual and cooperative work habits, and a sense of responsibility.

Music is offered in both vocal and instrumental pathways, from grade 9 -12.  A variety of ensembles also allow students to extend their relationship with music and their peers.  Concert Band and Choir run from September to June, and include many performance opportunities, clinics, festivals and trips.​

​Mr. Vermue's Music Website​