Creative Arts – drama, music, festival
Outside of the timetabled lessons, the Drama Department offers many co-curricular opportunities. There are weekly drama clubs open to all members of the Junior School, where we focus on honing basic theatrical techniques using a light-hearted and fun approach. We also hold workshops for the Drama scholars, aimed at broadening their knowledge and exposing them to direction from a range of external teachers.
Additionally, there is a large-scale Junior School production and, on occasions, pupils are invited to take part in Senior School productions – an invaluable learning experience, equipping them with skills that they can transfer to other aspects of life. They learn theatrical discipline and commitment, and build meaningful relationships with pupils from all year groups.
These opportunities make the Drama Department such an exciting and vibrant environment, a place where creativity thrives and lifelong memories are made.
Experiencing the joy of making music outside of the classroom is an important and stimulating aspect of life at St Edmund’s.
There are a host of opportunities run by highly-skilled musicians that allow our pupils to develop empathy for those around them, pride in their own achievements and a sense of belonging as part of an ensemble.
There are choirs in the Upper and Lower Junior Schools as well as a musical theatre group. St Edmund’s is also proud to be home the East Kent Children’s Orchestra (EKCO), a full symphony orchestra that is also open to the community.
Junior wind, brass and percussionist play in our wind band and string players perform as part of the Junior String Ensemble.
All of our ensembles perform in termly concerts, both at school and in the community.
St Edmund’s enjoys a strong reputation in the arts and, since 2017, has staged an annual public festival of featuring world-class performers.