The Drama department at Gulf English School is a highly valued part of the school community. It is vital in allowing students to express their ideas and opinions creatively, and in inspiring them through different experiences. Through Drama students learn important skills that can be transferred throughout the school and their life outside. It instills confidence, communication skills, problem solving, empathy – all of which means that our students are well equipped to pursue any avenue they choose when leaving.
As well as social skills the Drama curriculum builds up students’ performance skills through development of their own performance pieces and exploration of written texts. This is carried on to GCSE Drama which is offered as an option in Year 9.
The Drama department also believes in inspiring students about what is possible and so trips are arranged all year to allow students to experience as many different forms as possible from musicals to Shakespeare and modern plays.
As well as GCSE students also have the option of taking LAMDA exams in acting from Year 7. These are recognized by UCAS and offered as an extra-curricular activity. These have been very successful for the students that have taken part and are a great addition to their school record.
School productions are also an important part of the work of the Drama department and there is a whole school performance every year by the Drama Club.
At GES Drama is valued as an important part of education that gives our students the confidence and skills base to pursue their ambitions when they leave.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso.
Art & Design is central to the curriculum and expectations of achievement are high throughout the school. We believe the contribution that Art & Design makes to every child’s education is invaluable and the opportunities and experiences offered by Art & Design aim to foster thinking, communication, physical and social skills alongside spiritual, moral and cultural development for all of our students.
We seek to instill in each student an appreciation for the intrinsic value of the creative process and an understanding of the importance of art in society now and throughout the ages.
The teaching of art throughout the curriculum builds on skills, creativity and self-expression. Art provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences together with a personal way of understanding and responding to the world. Through Art and Design activities the students at Gulf English School learn to make informed value judgements and practical decisions. Appreciation and study of the work of artists, crafts people and designers informs and promotes appreciation of art within our lives.
We place importance in the display of students’ work to promote confidence as well as share current focus within the schools community. An art related club is regularly on offer as an enrichment activity.
Our IGCSE and A level Art results are consistently outstanding, 100% A-C with many students obtaining A*.
Our teaching is based on the belief that Art & Design is concerned with the making of choices and decisions, and that most of these must eventually be made by the student. They are encouraged to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills in relation to the use of the chosen medium to interpret and present the given theme. At GES we regard Art as an important element in the general education of all students; in Key Stage 3 it is a part of the curriculum.
Art and Design thereafter is studied as an optional choice to IGCSE level and can be continued further to AS/A2 level.
The GES Music Department aims to involve every child at the school in the key areas of musical education; composing, listening and performing.
Every child from Year 4 upwards is given the opportunity to choose to play an orchestral instrument, and tuition is provided in school time largely free of charge.
Lessons can also be arranged on a private basis after school through the Headteacher.
Many students take music exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London, with a very high degree of success.
There are various instrumental ensembles and choirs which meet on a weekly basis.
Playing musical instruments outside normal class music lessons, as well as being a very enjoyable activity in itself is also of great educational benefit over and beyond the musical aspect. Playing a musical instrument develops discipline through regular practice, teamwork and communication, self respect and pride in performance.