The Arts are considered to be an integral part of life at St Ives and we know that no truly broad education foundation can be created without them. We strongly believe in the value of the arts in teaching children to think creatively, to acknowledge and question the world around them, and to help them make sense of it.
Art, music and drama are taught by specialist teachers and embraced by the pupils from Reception upwards. Children benefit from weekly class music and drama lessons as well as many choirs. We have a host of peripatetic teachers across a range of instruments which are available to all children throughout the week.
Ballet lessons take place on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30pm - 6pm. Children as young as Nursery have the opportunity to take part in the classes.
Our pupils’ visual work is displayed in every corridor and on every wall throughout the school, while their talent in music and drama can be enjoyed regularly in concerts and performances which they work hard to perfect. Recent school productions have included Bugsy Malone, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver! and The Sound of Music.
We encourage all our pupils to develop their self-expression and creativity through the Arts, giving them outlet for their feelings and a means to develop their sense of self and their perception of the world around them.
We have a lively music department here at St Ives and all our children are taught by a specialist music teacher. We have a flourishing school orchestra and three choirs – Junior Choir (Years 1 and 2), Senior Choir (Years 3 – 6) and Chamber Choir (Years 5 and 6, by audition).
The children have the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments in school with our excellent team of peripatetic teachers including piano, violin, flute, clarinet and singing. There are performing opportunties for the children all year round, in the Harvest Festival, Carol Service, nativities, Spring Concert, assemblies and in class music lessons.
In the summer term, the senior girls perform in a musical production, which is a fantastic experience that stays with them forever.