The Arts

Drama

…features strongly in the life of the school with all children having drama lessons up to Year 6 and in these they learn to move freely, explore their feelings and to express themselves confidently.

There are several full productions staged each year so that the majority of children have the opportunity to perform in costume, on stage, before an audience. Years 3 & 4 have a production (with music), which takes place normally in the Lent Term. Last year’s production was Joseph. In Year 5, the focus is the English Speaking Board presentations (ESB) which give the children valuable experience in oral communication. Years 7 and 8 have a small cast play at Christmas (last year’s was The Hound of the Baskervilles) and Year 8 present a musical production, the most recent being Guys and Dolls, to mark the end of the year and their time at Vinehall.

Music

…is an important part of Vinehall school life and all year groups are taught class music for an hour each week within the teaching timetable. In addition, children are encouraged to join choirs and most children learn at least one instrument. Many children are attracted to Vinehall for the music alone and learn up to three instruments, gaining scholarships to senior schools e.g. Eastbourne, Tonbridge and Wycombe Abbey.

Music features in the school’s calendar through a wide range of concerts. The School has two orchestras and a multitude of ensemble groups. An Orchestral Concert, Brass Concert and Rock Band Concert take place once a year, in addition to a Leavers’ Concert in the summer term. Informal concerts take place every half term, focussing on different instruments and age groups and enable every child who learns an instrument to have a performance opportunity. Other opportunities are available in association with the drama department via the large scale musicals performed in the School theatre. Vinehall pupils also regularly participate in Choral and Orchestral days at senior schools. The Choir performs at our Carol Service, at local Hospices, and also has a key role in the chorus in musicals. The School is also the centre for the local music society, which attracts leading international musicians to East Sussex in a series of concerts each year.

Art

…is enjoyed by all the children and high standards are attained. Most work begins with observational drawing and the children are then encouraged to develop their own skills and knowledge of a wide range of materials, processes and techniques. Projects can involve three dimensional construction work, printing, sculpture and collage, as well as compositions.

The study and appreciation of art and its history are strongly promoted with much being learnt from working in the style of particular artists or schools of art. Pupils learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, crafts and design in contemporary life and in different times and cultures.

Children’s work is displayed throughout the School. There are regular exhibitions at school and in the local community, and opportunities for children to work with visiting artists. Educational trips take place both within the UK and abroad, for example, pupils recently participated in a cross curricular day trip to Nausicaa in France.