Arts & Culture
Culture(n): trained and refined state of understanding and manners and tastes; instilling of it by training. (Concise Oxford Dictionary)
At SJMC it is our aim to develop (as highlighted in the dictionary definition above) the following: understanding, manners and tastes. The manner in which we attempt to create this insight into culture is by “training” the individual in this particular field of human experience. This training will take on the following format: exposing the learner to the prevalent artistic and cultural events and norms of the day.
Our modus operandi is to introduce the learner, from an early age, to the Arts, Ballet, Music and the Theatre. To facilitate this, we arrange outings to all the relevant venues and/or we invite traveling shows and guest speakers to entertain the learners in the school hall.
It is this training that has seen our Music Department grow to the extent that over 50% of the school’s pupil take part in one or other form of Music. Annually a number of our pupils take the Trinity College Music exams.
Pupils at the school can participate in the following:
Choir (Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase & senior School); individual instrumental tutoring such as piano, keyboard, guitar, recorder, drumkit, clarinet, violin, flute, trumpet, saxophone and trombone; Marimba bands (from Grade 5); the Junior School Orchestra and the Senior School Jazz band.
There is also opportunity for pupils to take part in drama, National Dance, contemporary Dance and ballet.