The Arts and S.T.E.M

The Arts

The Arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. We are passionate about the role the Arts play in contemporary education.

In choice-based learning and teaching, all students are Artists and have control over subject matter materials and the approach they use.  They are problem-finders, developing their own ideas and following their own path of inquiry. This open-ended structure allows students to work as artists do, developing and refining their expression over time.

By putting decision-making in the hands of the student, many higher order thinking skills are required of the learner. Students justify their choices through class discussions, artist statements and portfolio reviews.


STEAM integrates art and design with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning areas.  Integrating these subjects, and adding art as a creative component, is beneficial for students learning as it relates to the way kids absorb information.

STEAM is grounded on the premise that creativity is the basis of innovation. At St Ambrose's, we recognise that art and science are likely partners, whose learning areas harmonise together. Both artists and scientists aim to explore and make sense of the world.  While they use different lenses to do this, they are often complementary.

Being part of STEAM at St Ambrose's will provide opportunities for learners, just like artists and scientists, to take risks, make mistakes, and start over again. The ultimate goal is to innovate and discover.