Herschel Preparatory has a thriving and dynamic Music Department that provides many opportunities for individual and group participation. Learners can take music either as a subject or as an extramural activity. From Grade 1, instrumental tuition is offered on all the orchestral instruments, recorder, percussion, saxophone, piano, singing and guitar. The many music ensembles (Choirs, Orchestra, Saxophone, Recorder, String and Flute Ensembles, Marimba Bands) give performance opportunities to all.
Lessons take place on our own Preparatory School campus, in our beautiful Desmond Loch Davis Music School.
The Art Department at the Preparatory is housed in a sunny wing of the school, where girls receive wonderful instruction. Herschel believes that the importance of Art lies in the fact that the girls learn to see more, sense more, recall more, and are more virtually aware of their expanding and changing environment. Each month we choose a few “Artist of the Month” winders from across the grades and their work is displayed in the school foyer.
There are also an Art and Ceramics Clubs after school for those girls who would like to extend themselves even more.
All girls love drama… and at our Preparatory School there is always an opportunity to participate in either formal or impromptu productions. (Even the Pre-Preparatory girls’ eyes take on extra shine when their stage costumes get taken out for their annual production.)
The Preparatory School (Grades 1 to 7) stages a large production, involving as many girls as possible, every second year in our own 500-seater Theatre.
The Preparatory School has a lovely ballet studio where a professional teacher gives ballet and modern dance lessons.
We have several thriving clubs or interest groups, such as the Eco Kids and the General Knowledge and LitQuiz teams.
There is a tradition of enthusiastic participation in sport. Most of our Preparatory girls are still exploring all sports disciplines, learning the rules and skills, and hopefully developing a life-long love for exercise and participation. The older girls, who are already competing in teams against other schools, are taught to lose with grace and to win with humility.
The Preparatory School has its own swimming pool and tennis courts and shares the Astroturf and Squash courts with the Senior School
The girls participate in tennis, hockey, netball, squash, swimming, cross country and we have an annual interhouse athletics competition, too.
Gymnastics is taught on campus by a private teacher.
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