- All classes from Grades 0 to 7 have two music periods per week taken by our two full-time music teachers, where the children are taught basic principles of music.
- Attention is given to rhythmic as well as melodic development by means of physical activities such as clapping, marching, games and singing.
- From Grade 4 onwards pupils learn about the great composers, different forms and styles of music and basic theory.
- Every child participates in at least one major production per year.
- The Early Childhood Development (ECD) class often performs a nativity play in the third term whilst Grades 1 and 2 produce a slightly more advanced children’s musical. Past productions included The Wishing Chair, Peter Pan and Humpty Dumpty.
- Grades 3 to 5 have their production in the middle of the year. This is always a fun time and parents enthusiastically help with setting the stage and making the costumes.
- We often write our own play or adapt an existing children’s musical, e.g. A Revue of the best Hits of the 20th Century, Bible Stories, Cinderella and Rockerfella, and recently A Tribute to Walt Disney
- Our Grade 7 classes always have their major production towards the end of the year. Past productions were Rock around the Clock, The Rumpelstiltskin Racket, Gel and Sinbad the Sailor. Parents and teachers help with costumes, stage setting and choreography.
- All grades from 1 to 7 participate in the yearly Eisteddfod. Bishopslea always enters 5 choirs and at least 20 soloists, including piano, violin, flute and marimba items. We have our annual eisteddfod concert at the end of the first term where parents and guests are invited to an evening of song and instrumental music.
- Bishopslea annually participates in the Combined Schools’ Choir Concert, showcasing the school’s senior choir. This is one of the highlights of the year when 12 to 15 choirs sing in a massed choir concert.
- Our yearly Christmas Carol Concert takes place in the last week of the third term. All children from Grades 3 to 7 take part in this massed choir event. Different Scripture readings are heard and parents get the chance to sing their favourite carols.
Only the best musical experience is good enough for our children. Music is a gift from God!