At St. Georges school we believe that for every child to reach their full potential, academic and otherwise, they must feel a confident and appreciated member of their school community. This self-confidence is built through creative arts, as every child’s creative development is fostered and encouraged.
It has always been fundamental to our ethos that each child is given every opportunity within the school, to recognise and develop their individual talents. This explains the emphasis we put on creative development at St. Georges.
Each year we work, as a whole school, towards a school play that every child at the school is included in. As well as rehearsing as a school the children are also given the opportunity of building their confidence by rehearsing in small group or individual sessions and, wherever possible every child will perform a singing, dance or acting solo should they wish. At the end of the academic year we have a presentation evening where every child can showcase their talents to the parents. Again, should children be unconfident at first, they will be given the opportunity to practise in small groups.
It has been a long standing tradition at St. Georges for the children to take part in English Speaking Board exams. We have year on year success in these exams and they really boost the children’s confidence are an excellent platform for nurturing presentation skills that will prove invaluable in their later life.
Each year children from the school are entered into the Bedfordshire Festival of Music and Dramatic Arts. This allows the children to perform in front of larger audiences in a competitive environment and in recent years children from St. Georges have had great success in this.
All children take part in curriculum based music lessons throughout the school. They are also offered peripatetic music lessons in a range of instruments including piano, drums, guitar, recorder. Every child, independent of their ability, is also offered to be a member of the school choir and performs in various concerts throughout the year.
The children also have dance lessons once a week throughout the school taught by a specialist dance teacher. These lessons are an enjoyable introduction to different styles of dance and give the children a chance to choreograph their own dances. Children are given the chance to perform these dances to their parents at the end of year presentation evening and throughout the year in assemblies. Children are also offered the opportunity of working towards ballet qualifications in extra-curricular, small group ballet lessons.