Epworth’s Visual and Performing Arts Programme supports our desire to offer a holistic education to our pupils, through regular performances, exhibitions and residencies in drama, dance and music.
Music is one of the major growth areas in our school. Our Music Department boasts two choirs, a jazz band, a string ensemble, various marimba bands and a worship team. There are ample opportunities for music-making in the school, and around 25% of our pupils are enrolled for instrumental or vocal lessons with specialist music teaching staff. A diverse range of performances on and off campus expose our pupils to a variety of music, whilst simultaneously offering them opportunities to perform. Music may be taken as a subject to Grade 12.
Our Grade 8 to Grade 12 art pupils are challenged to push the boundaries of artistic expression by developing critical thinking and an expressive visual language. The pupils are exposed to variety of art processes and explore both traditional and non-traditional media and practise. The pupils’ art is on display throughout the year in various areas of the school, and the Grade 8 to Grade 11 exhibition in October usually coincides with the Grade 12 Art Exhibition, featuring the Grade 12 examination and year work.
Theatre & Dance:
Epworth stages at least one major annual production, usually in association with a neighbouring boys’ school. Productions include musicals and straight plays. Participation in these productions is by audition, open to all High School pupils whether they study Drama as an academic subject or not. All Epworth pupils get to experience Drama as a Grade 9 subject, with many continuing with the subject to Grade 12.
Epworth’s Junior and Senior Dance Companies, together with the Epworth LiveArt Dance Company, perform in various dance reviews on and off campus. Participation in residencies and the workshops at the Jomba! Dance Festival in Durban provides valuable experience and stimulation for our Dance pupils whose creative work is featured in the ExperiDance festival in the second half of the year.
“Epworth offers an abundance of opportunities for eager minds and fierce hearts. There is never nothing happening – no girl is left out and everyone radiates an excited and positive atmosphere that fills the school with life.”
~ Grade 9 Epworth pupil