Prep Performing Arts
Creativity and expression through drama, dance and music are core aspects of Duke of Kent School Prep education.
We believe that regular opportunities to perform give our pupils a chance to build their confidence and enjoy sharing their music with others. Performances in Prep range from 'Coffee Concerts', small recitals with a few friends, teachers and parents, to assemblies, to a solo in House Music, all the way up to taking the stage in a professional venue, G-Live, in front of 1000 children.
Opportunities like the G-Live performance are really important to our pupils; as one Year 6 described the concert as;
‘One of the things I am most proud of this year… The audience was huge, so it was pretty scary, but it felt great to be performing songs we had practised so many times with friends. And the applause at the end was amazing!
Performing Arts provide important personal development to our pupils, providing a means of learning about oneself and others, and the teamwork involved in music, dance and drama. Perhaps your child would enjoy joining the ocarina ensemble, or that School institution, the Ukes of Kent (our ukulele band).
We offer exciting participation opportunities for all and we also offer a Stretch and Challenge programme in our auditioned Junior Chamber Choir. A great team of peripatetic teachers are available to introduce your child to learning an instrument.
This year's production, The Coin, was written for the pupils by our Deputy Head, Mr Macdonald. The story includes Roman emperors, medieval maidens, Henry VIII and his court, and a modern family, all linked by a coin, lost and found at Hampton Court.
Other highlights of the year for Prep Performing Arts included our Christmas Concert, House Music, G-Live and the Summer Concert,
On moving up to Seniors, a Year 6 pupil wrote:
"Thank you to Mr Rye, our music teachers and Mrs Honey for all their hard work in helping us to learn our music, get better at our instruments and perform our plays. We love coming down to the Performing Arts Hall and can’t wait for next year!"