The arts

In tandem with an academic focus, our school encourages every child to develop in other important ways, whatever their talents, to the joys and opportunities outside the classroom.

Early Years School

Children have an opportunity to perform on the stage in assemblies and productions. Each Nursery class performs an assembly to their parents, often based on their current theme in the classroom.

 

All the children in Reception take part in an annual year group production and are encouraged to take on a speaking role, however short and to join in the songs for the performance.

Children in Reception take part in ‘Zing Zo’ at the Muziekgebouw aan het Ij. This is a musical performance organised for local Dutch schools, led by the Amsterdam School of Music. Children learn the songs for this performance during their weekly enrichment music class. There is also a visit to the Rijksmuseum, The Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum during the school year.

Junior School

We have a rich variety of arts taking place across the school; there are weekly music lessons covering all aspects of the curriculum, led by our music specialist, as well as regular singing sessions and art lessons as part of the curriculum.

 

We have three regular choirs at the Junior School, for all age groups, and we take every opportunity to build links with the wider community and develop their performing skills in different environments.

We have a thriving private music service with access to twelve peripatetic music teachers who give private tuition to around a third of the children in the school each week – we combine all of the musical talents of our children in regular concerts, assembly slots, choir events and practice bands at lunchtimes, and we are well resourced including orchestral instruments to loan out.

We have an annual arts week, and every year group produces a full scale production through the year, as well as regular class assemblies for parents. Children use a variety of artistic media to develop their drawing, painting and visual arts skills, and we take part in local arts events such as the Art Zuid sculpture walk, and visit Amsterdam’s rich variety of museums.