The Performing Arts Department provides weekly Music and Drama lessons for all learners from Reception Unit to Grade 7. Performing Arts Director, Annette Briscoe, Sally Perks and Phillipa Nixon-James teach music. Glynis Harker and Kasia Vosloo teach drama.
In addition to class music lessons, the music programme extends musical experience to learners in the Junior Primary and Senior choirs, the Marimba Band, Gumboot Dance Team and Instrumental Music Programme.
Early morning rehearsals ensure that choir practices do not clash with afternoon activities. Staff are greeted by enthusiastic singers who begin the day in song on rehearsal days. The choirs are closely integrated into many school functions and ceremonies.
Conductor: Annette Briscoe
Accompanist: Sally Perks
Technical Direction: Madlen Tzankova
Members of the Marimba Band are drawn from Grade 6 and 7 learners. The bands’ repertoire includes traditional African music and contemporary items.
GUMBOOT DANCE TEAM
The Durban Prep Gumboot Dance Team, through their traditional stomps, claps and slaps, communicates as a closely knit unit. The dance team embodies the essence of cooperation, resilience and respect for each other in the dance. Audiences enjoy pulsating journeys, sometimes mellow, but eternally charged with discipline and mutual respect to create fun and laughter too. Gumboot Dance Team members are learners in Grade 6 and 7.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAMME
The DPHS MUSIC CENTRE hosts an after school instrumental music programme. Musicians proficient in piano, violin, guitar, recorder, clarinet, flute and percussion provide private tuition to learners on request. The Tuition Fee includes Theory/Aural lessons which are scheduled immediately at the close of school on two afternoons each week. Musicians perform at regular Music Concerts and may enter for examinations set by Trinity Guildhall or the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
SPEECH AND DRAMA
Dramatic skills practised in weekly lessons are integrated into school activities. These include Assembly Readers, Open Assemblies presented by class and grade groups, the Reception Unit Concert and the Grade 3 Concert.
SPEECH AND DRAMA FESTIVAL
The Speech and Drama department, together with the South African Speech and Drama Association hosts the Annual DPHS Speech and Drama Festival in the second term. Learners are encouraged to utilise skills developed in Drama classes when preparing items for the Festival. The Festival concludes with the annual Performing Arts Evening.
DRAMA AND DANCE CLUB
The Drama Club facilitates weekly drama and dance activities for Senior Primary learners.
Interhouse plays are presented at the end of the third term. Rehearsals and staging of the plays create much excitement amongst the learners of each of the four school houses namely Bullimore, Evans, Haysom and Stubbs houses.