Drama features strongly in the life of Vinehall with all children having drama lessons up to Year 6. In these, they learn to move freely, explore their feelings and 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 and before an audience. Years 3 & 4 have a production (with music), which takes place in the Lent Term. In Years 5 and 6 the focus is on Shakespeare, public speaking, dramatised poetry or English Speaking Board presentations (ESB), which give the children valuable experience in oral communication. Year 7 and 8 pupils can audition for a small cast play at Christmas. All Year 8 pupils present a musical production to mark the end of the year and their time at Vinehall, with Year 7 volunteers providing the chorus and a full orchestra as appropriate.
We are extremely fortunate to perform these productions in the Chaplin Theatre, which has excellent lighting and sound facilities. Set support is provided by our resident designer and art department and the beautiful costumes are made by parent volunteers.
…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.
…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.