Junior Preparatory School
The cultural life of WHPS is an extremely important part of the School curriculum and all boys are expected to participate fully in all areas. Drama is a vital component of this aspect of School life and is a subject in which all pupils from Grade 000 – 7 have lessons on a weekly basis.
Through all ten years of Drama the boys work on the importance of correct breathing, expression and emotions, of use of the body and voice as well as the ability to imagine themselves as something or someone else. Special effects make-up and film classes are also covered.
Most of the boys are drawn to the drama exercises and have much to offer. For those who show a particular aptitude there is opportunity to start channeling and developing that skill. For others who are less confident, there is the chance to start finding artistic freedom within themselves.
Children who show learning difficulties, ADD, etc, often find this creative time an opportunity to focus in a non academic and less formally structured environment. In this, as in so many ways, Drama and academics are complementary disciplines.
Every year all boys and the girls in the pre-prep are involved in a production. The Grade 0’s put on a Nativity Play and then move through the Junior Prep learning concrete performance skills.
MsNkoto Modiba – Drama Teacher