Culture

ART

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Our new ‘state of the art’ light and spacious art room provides the ideal space for the children to explore and enhance their creativity. The aim of Art at a Prep school is to unlock each child’s unique talents and to expose them to different techniques and materials, and to equip them to express themselves in an independent, ‘out the box’, creative fashion.

The children are exposed to various art techniques, helping them appreciate different art forms and to be inspired in their own work. The children are encouraged to practice their observation skills as well as put their hand to some abstract work. Art is an extremely important subject to be taught to our children in the 21st century, as it develops fine-motor skills and creative thinkers.

MUSIC

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Children throughout the school have class music lessons once a week where they are exposed to singing, music theory and various instruments. Lessons for various individual instruments are offered, privately, at the school in the afternoons.

DRAMA

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Making our children more culture active!

Cultural pursuits such as music and drama provide intellectual depth and important life skills. Apart from fostering an appreciation of the arts, drama builds self-confidence, teaches learners how to communicate effectively and think quickly, laterally and analytically. As teachers, we take pride in drawing out young people’s dreams and passions. Drama can be used in every subject across the spectrum to enhance lessons, and create a dynamic, exciting and vibrant classroom.
All children in the Grade Four to Seven classes participate in an Expressive Arts Festival and drama production on rotation every alternate year. These events require commitment and discipline from the children and provide an opportunity for them to develop, not only their performance skills, but also their personal and social skills.
This year each child in the school will also take part in a Speech and Drama Festival.

OUTREACH

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While “Fostering self growth in the formative years”, New Hanover Prep strives to foster a sense of empathy for others. In so doing, children are involved in various outreach programmes in nearby schools and other areas of the community.

Being a part of the Outreach Club at New Hanover Prep, involves caring, compassion and acceptance of others. The children are taught to take others’ needs into account and to ‘Reach Out’ to others. When we can encourage kids to be involved in something as valuable as outreach, it builds their self-esteem. Learning to empathise with another person means learning to ‘walk in their shoes.’ It means being able to recognise and value their feelings and needs, even though they may be different from your own.