Ballet is an enormously popular extra activity and pupils are prepared for ballet exams by our highly qualified teacher.
At the end of each term, parents are invited to watch their child’s class ballet display.
Karate is an extremely popular activity with children throughout the school. We now run one of the largest school programmes in the country.
Extra-curricular Arts Programme
Our extra-curricular programme places similar emphasis on a diverse range of arts experiences. M.A.D.D.4! (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) provides five drama groups, five dance groups, four ukulele groups, three recorder groups, a lower school music group, an Upper school band, and four art groups, which are always available and further weekly “clubs” on offer vary each term according to demand expressed by the children themselves in School Council. These regularly include subjects such as photography, media, ceramics, design, textiles, film and media. Additionally, pupils in forms IV to VI can access the art room during their break time after lunch each day.
We invite published authors into school each term to run workshops, frequently with staff and parents as well as pupils. Each class enjoys at least one day trip per term, often to theatres or storytelling venues. Visiting theatre companies come to school, as do professional musicians to run workshops on particular instruments. Our first artist in residence was with us for a fortnight in early 2012: all children witnessed her creation of a mural in the playground, the theme of which had been agreed with the pupils beforehand. In 2015, a visiting poet set all the children a writing challenge and returned a month later to critique pupils’ responses.
We have at least four choirs and with the exception of Chamber Choir, in which a place is gained through audition, all extra-curricular arts opportunities are available to each and every child in the year groups concerned, regardless of ability. Within timetabled lessons, however, extension opportunities for those pupils identified as Gifted and Talented in the subject in question are provided.