Our cultural programme at Chesterhouse is integral to our school; an essential part of a holistic education immersing children in activities that strongly develops creativity and confidence. Many a child discovers with delight hidden talents and their lives change forever and for the better.
Under the direction of our Director of Music and our Head of Culture in the Junior School, we ensure that our children are able to experience all facets of the cultural and musical activities offered to school children. The Chesterhouse Music School offers additional individual tuition in a range of different musical instruments as well as vocal tuition for those that have a talent for singing. Knowledge of musical theory, singing, understanding rhythm and a knowledge of musical instruments are essential factors in developing the whole child and it is for this reason that we offer class music lessons incorporated into the weekly class timetables for all children in the Junior School from the Early Years classes to the end of their Grade 7 class . Children exposed to the disciplines of musical instruments, the processes by which one learns these are often better equipped to confidently handle the academic side of school. This develops in children an understanding of the flow of knowledge, the disciplined approach in ensuring that one achieves a set goal and most of all that learning is fun, lively and joyous.
Chesterhouse participates in the Cape Town and Tygerberg Eisteddfods in all the disciplines ranging from drama to music and art; we have two choirs in our Junior School and our school holds a musical and dramatic production every two years ensuring that every child from the youngest to the oldest has their moment to shine. We employ dedicated Art, Drama and Music teachers who are experts in their field and who teach our children in these subjects from Grade 1.
The Chesterhouse Music School offers additional individual tuition in a range of different musical instruments as well as vocal tuition for those that have a talent for singing.
Clubs and Societies within our Cultural Programme
Within our philosophical educational beliefs that children must be exposed to many different facets of life, we have introduced a Clubs and Societies programme that is run on a Friday. This allows for children to explore other talents and interests and breaks from the academic programme. Every term, the programme changes dependent on the season or the children’s and teachers’ requests. This programme focuses on the children in our Key Stage 2 phase – from Grade 3 to Grade 7.
Currently the Clubs and Societies programme involves the following activities:
- Debating club
- Book club
- Crafts club
- Scrap booking club
- Art club
- Chess club
- Photography club