Creative Arts

There are many opportunities for the girls to participate in the Creative Arts which are an important part of their education at this age and stage. Ballet is taught as part of the Pre-Prep curriculum and girls have an excellent musical education taught by specialist music teachers from PPI. Dance, drama and music are vibrant within the school and there are regular chances for the girls to perform both informally to their peers and within more formal setting in our outstanding Auditorium.

Assemblies, UII’sTudor Masque and the LIII production of The Witches were highlights of the last academic year

Arts

  • With our full-time Art specialist teacher, girls have the opportunity to work with a variety of different media in our inspirational Art room. We explore Art with paint, clay, pastels, chalk, silk paint, collage, paper mache, modroc and batik.
  • Art Clubs are run at lunch times and pottery club is offered as an after school activity. The girls enter a number of art competitions, both inside and outside of school.
  • Art has been the focus of House events.

Design and Technology

  • All girls enjoy a wide-ranging Design and Technology experience at St Catherine’s Prep School.
  • The older girls in Upper II (Year 5) and Lower III (Year 6) are able to use the specialist equipment in our Senior School. Our well-equipped workshop allows girls to work with wood, metal, plastics, electronics and textiles. 
  • Girls develop their ideas through the design process and work hard to finalise their ideas. Our vinyl cutter and heat press encourages girls to create skilled CAD (Computer Aided Design) products.

Drama

Drama is taught both as a discrete subject and as an important part of the English curriculum. As well as being great fun, taking part in drama develops the girls’ confidence, imagination and physical co-ordination, as well as their speaking and listening skills.

Girls have frequent opportunities to speak in front of an audience including assemblies, Harvest and Christmas celebrations and presentations to a group or class. LAMDA classes are offered to the older girls as an extra-curricular activity. Our two major public performances, the Pre-Prep Nativity and the end of Year 6 musical are always a delight and eagerly awaited by the school community and beyond.

The girls exude confidence, demonstrate great teamwork and perform with a maturity way beyond their years to create the most outstanding productions. We are very fortunate to be able to stage these events in the new, purpose built Anniversary Hall Theatre

Music

  • From the earliest years all girls are encouraged to enjoy singing, playing instruments, listening and composing.
  • We offer opportunities to experience personal success and satisfaction from, and in response to, music in all its various forms. The girls extend their musical knowledge and experience primarily through practical music-making. We motivate them to enjoy music as a life-long skill.
  • A two year Instrument Programme starts in Pre-Prep III. In one of their class lessons girls learn a stringed instrument in the first year, followed by woodwind and brass in the second year.

Dance

  • Girls in PPI and PPII are taught Ballet as part of their curriculum by our own Principal of the Dance School, Miss Sally Salter. The curricular classes take place during the school day and aim to teach basic ballet technique and an awareness of the body and different ways of moving.  Through imaginative, themed sessions, exploring fairy tales, classical ballet stories and links to school topics the dance classes will help the girls to harness skills in co-ordination, build their confidence and develop a greater understanding of working with others. 
  • For students in PPIII upwards ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz dance classes are offered as an extra curricular activity taking place after school and on Saturday mornings.