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 skills with others. Performances in Prep can be small, informal lunchtime recitals, teatime concerts, assemblies, a solo in House Music, all the way up to taking the stage in a professional venue such as G-Live, in front of 1000 people.
Opportunities like the G-Live performance are really important to our pupils; 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.
We offer exciting participation opportunities for all through groups such as our ukulele band 'The Ukes of Kent', our 30 strong big band, ocarina club and more. We offer a Stretch and Challenge programme in our auditioned Junior Chamber Choir and the whole school sing together every Friday afternoon. A great team of peripatetic teachers are available to introduce and teach your child an instrument.
Each Spring the Prep School pupils present a full production for parents and peers. Pupils not only volunteer themselves for acting roles but also form the lighting, music and stagehand teams.
Other highlights of the year for Prep Performing Arts included our Prep Christmas Concert, House Music, G-Live and the Summer Concert.
Do visit out 'Performing Arts in Action Page' to see what pupils from all across the school have been up to.