Here at The Royal High Junior School, all girls benefit greatly from receiving Performing Arts lessons as part of their curriculum.
The girls learn Music, Drama and Dance in separate lessons, all taught by specialist teachers. Through the Arts the girls are encouraged to develop their creativity which stimulates and challenges the brain.
Our aims are as follows:
- Developing confidence - strategies to help the girls perform in front of an audience are extraordinarily valuable and will help to prepare them for adult life, both personally and professionally. The triumph of performing on stage gives the girls a wonderful sense of achievement. It encourages aiming higher in all aspects of school life, overcoming obstacles and achieving greater goals.
- Self- discipline and self-motivation - girls are encouraged to continue their learning at home, whether it be practicing a dance routine, learning lines or rehearsing an instrumental piece.
- Learning memorising skills - an ability to retain information is a wonderful skill to possess and a fun and exciting way to develop this is through Performing Arts.
- Developing and improving musical skills - developing these skills offer significant advantages for children, enhancing coordination, teaching perseverance and sharpening concentration.
- Exposure to art and culture - as an audience member the girls can analyse, critique and praise their fellow performers. The impact of a wide cultural and artistic education is life-long.
- Teamwork - working on productions and performances promotes teamwork and develops individual talents – a winning combination.
The girls begin their dance education with classical ballet developing poise, technique, musicality and creative storytelling. Juniors have the chance to explore many dance styles and cultures from national folk traditions to 20th century and theatre and world dance classics. Keen dancers can also sign up for additional classes in modern and tap. Girls have the opportunity to perform as part of assemblies, class projects and musical productions. The annual RHS Dance Show when Junior and Senior girls present a dance spectacular celebrates the diversity and the development of our pupils through their school career from Years 3 – 13. Dancing is a life-enhancing skill that assists visual learners and promotes physical well-being, good health and happiness.
We have a dedicated team of Peripatetic Instrumental teachers at the Junior School and currently offer extra lessons in flute, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, piano, oboe, voice, cello, violin and harp. Girls are entered for ABRSM exams through the school when they are ready. Please speak to Mrs Millard if you would like your daughter to learn an instrument not listed. We also offer extra drama lessons where the girls have the opportunity to take part in the Mid Somerset Festival and enter LAMDA examinations.
A Year in Performing Arts at the Junior School
We always have a fun filled year with many exciting shows and events.
In October we present ‘Year 4 Entertains’ which gives the girls the opportunity to share their many talents, from dancing, gymnastics to sketching or playing an instrument. The girls also present group dances and songs and perform on a stage with a purpose-built set. We link this with our themed learning in class, ‘That’s Entertainment’, and this year gave our show a 1960s theme, which was a huge hit with both the girls and our audience.
At the end of November we are fortunate enough to take our Infant Nativity ‘on tour’, performing at The Egg Theatre in Bath. Year 2 girls perform in the leading roles with wonderful support from Year 1 and Reception.
Back in school at the start of December, the Nursery girls perform their Nativity to the rest of the school and proud family and friends. Years 5 and 6 entertain the shoppers outside the historic Bath Abbey with a selection of songs and carols, and the Junior Carol Service in St Stephen’s Church is a joyous celebration of words, music and dance, featuring the School Choir and Orchestra.
In January we present a Musical Recital evening, which gives our more able musicians an opportunity to showcase their talents.
In February it is the turn of the girls in Year 3. Every year a different pantomime is performed with all the traditional pantomime elements such as audience participation, goodies and baddies. This is also linked to their themed learning in class.
During the Spring term, Year 6 girls take part in ‘Gig Night’ at the Senior School, performing songs they have composed in their weekly music lesson. They not only love the experience but are also find it inspiring watching the older girls perform. Another event in this term is the Dance Show where we link with the Senior School for an exuberant evening featuring many styles of dancing.
Our Music Concert is in the summer term and this not only gives the School Orchestra and Choir another opportunity to perform but is also a time to showcase the work of our instrumentalists and singers.
Our Year 5 and 6 Summer Show in June is one of the highlights of the year. Previous shows have included ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘The Aristocats’, Seussical’, ‘Honk!’ and ‘Doctor Dolittle’.
At the end of the Summer term, the Junior School Choir and Orchestra take part in a Summer Music Concert in the grounds of the Senior School.
Our Prizegiving Ceremony always includes songs and dances from our main events during the year.
The Performing Arts team are also involved in the preparation of the informative and entertaining class assemblies throughout the year and there are sometimes extra events too. We also support the local community by singing at Weston Lunch Club, with Park Lane Big Band, City Of Bath Bach Choir and at Oakfield and Stratton House Care Homes.