Mrs. C. Johnston B.A. (Hons) P.G.C.E. MEd – Head of Department
It is the Shakespearean-influenced philosophy of “all the world’s a stage,” that underpins the values held within Omagh High School’s Drama Department. We aim to use theatre and dramatic techniques to support and encourage pupils to develop their unique skills and talents for life’s “stage.”
Pupils are given the opportunity to develop qualities such as flexibility, tolerance, integrity, self-belief and self-discipline, alongside skills such as mime, improvisation and communication. Lessons consist of tailor-made, energetic and engaging theoretical and practical activities, which explore everyday life and endeavour to meet individual needs. Pupils at all levels are encouraged to explore, respond, develop, perform and evaluate their work whilst developing their knowledge of understanding and communicating
in the modern world.The drama department is an open, friendly and supportive environment which is committed to nurturing talent and enabling pupils to reach their full potential both in class and through extra-curricular activities.
GCSE CCEA Drama http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/drama/
2015 / 2016 GCSE Resullts 100% A – C
Year 12 GCSE CCEA Drama Practical Performance “The Cagebirds”
At Omagh High School we have a biannual school production. This is a fabulous experience and a lot of fun for pupils and staff. In February 2016 we performed Bugsy Malone which was a huge success. We were delighted to be able to take our amazing show into the local community to the Strule Arts Centre for the first time. This experience highlighted just how fortunate we are to have such fabulous facilities and accommodating and helpful staff on our door step.
Many thanks to everyone who came to see the performance and to all those who helped in any way to make it such a great show. Pupils and staff are already getting excited about our next production in October 2017!
Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 gives pupils the opportunity to explore a variety of performance skills in a supportive and fun environment.
Year 8 Pupils who performed Le Navet Énorme during our Harvest Assembly as part of our European Day of Languages Celebration.
Year 9 News Broadcasts
Year 10 Masks
Careers linked with Drama
- Drama therapist
- Stage manager
- Arts administrator
- Television production assistant
- Radio presenter
- Youth & community worker
- Teacher (Primary/Secondary)
- Social worker
- Personnel manager
- Marketing manager
- Charities administrator
Drama is not just about acting on a stage. There are a wealth of other career paths with direct links to theatre, from set and costume design to special effects and lighting and sound development. We are at an exciting crossroads in Northern Ireland. Not only do we have renowned and respected actors, such as Liam Neeson, promoting Northern Irish talent on a global scale, but the beauty of our country is now being recognised as a place to film magical scenes for
successful shows such as Game of Thrones and Dad’s Army.
Off screen, drama is invaluable in promoting the development of a range of transferable skills. Increasingly, we are asked to perform many roles on life’s stage and drama assists to prepare pupils as adept communicators, innovative thinkers and well-rounded team players. The collaborative nature of Drama as an art form provides students with opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills as well as their voice, gestures and body language to convey meaning to diverse audiences.