Students are able to perform
on the stage from an early age, starting with weekly class assemblies at the
Primary Campus, where all the members of a class participate in a small show
involving music, dance and drama to the rest of the school and their parents,
usually on a topic they are learning about in class.
Formal performances in
assemblies continue at the Secondary Campus but with the additional impromptu
concerts at break times and the tightly contested ‘Battles of the Bands’
competition adding a lively musical flavour around the campus throughout the
stage and musical productions are performed each term at the Alice Smith
Larger stage and musical
productions are performed each term at the Primary Campus with one full-scale
annual production in Term 2 at the Secondary Campus. Recent productions have
included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Year 4), the Wizard of Oz (Year 2),
Annie (Year 6) and the Secondary students recently performed Sweeney Todd to
Students can be involved
in a stage production in a wide range of roles on the stage, in the orchestra,
designing costumes or in the technical team. There is great anticipation and excitement about our productions
every year with the teachers and parents all helping out behind the scenes as
make-up artists, costume makers, set designers and choreographers! Other productions taking place at
school include weekly ‘Music Moments’ performances to parents having their
morning coffee, termly Music Soirees, Art Exhibitions and Concerts and the
annual Christmas Concert involving students and staff from both campuses.
School choirs, orchestras and bands also perform at functions in the community
such as balls, dinners and embassy events.
The Choir Tour is the most exciting and rewarding extra curricular activity I
have taken part in during my whole teaching career.
The Choir Tour is the most exciting and
rewarding extra curricular activity I have taken part in during my whole
teaching career....it was truly marvellous’ Rob Kimura-Davies, Key Stage 3 Leader
A highly anticipated
event is the choir tour which is an overseas trip for students in the Secondary
Campus school choir which gives them the chance to perform on world-famous
stages in historic settings. Recent choir tours have travelled to the USA,
Canada, Europe, Russia and Great Britain.
was to California - Los Angeles and San Francisco - the great moment was
singing California Dreamin' as we drove across the Golden Gate Bridge.
to Canada and the USA, including New York, New Hampshire and Washington -
highlight: singing on the steps of the White House
to Austria, Slovenia and Italy - singing in Vienna's Votivkirche, Salzburg's
Hohensalzburg castle, Maribor's choral festival, Venice, Lake Garda, Pisa,
Florence and Rome. Too many highlights to mention!
to the British Isles, Durham and York cathedrals, Edinburgh Castle, Coleraine
in Northern Ireland, the Eisteddfod competition in Llangollen, Wales,
highlight: singing in St Paul's Cathedral in London.
to Russia - St Petersburg and Moscow, highlight: singing in Smolny Cathedral
and St Isaac's Cathedral....
Our Music provision
is the cream of the crop and experiencing exponential growth at the Alice Smith
School with over 200 students enjoying our peripatetic music lessons at the
Primary Campus alone.
Opportunities to learn a wide variety of instruments and musical styles
are on offer either an extra-curricular activity or as a private lesson with
one of our stunning range of specialist peripatetic music teachers and vocal
coaches right here on site in one of our many sound-proofed practice rooms. Instrument lessons on offer at both
campuses include piano, violin, voice, drums, guitar, saxophone, cello, flute
Special days or activity weeks dedicated to a particular section of the
curriculum where students participate in practical activities outside of their
normal timetable with students other than their classmates. For example, the
Primary Campus enjoyed a week of learning themed ‘The Atlas of the Arts’ which
looked at how the arts are represented from around the world, from Islamic art to
ballroom dancing in Austria to tribal dancing in Africa, culminating in a
performance extravaganza for parents at the end of the week. At the Secondary
campus, Year 7 students enjoyed a wider learning day on African music where the
whole year group gave a heart-felt musical and dance performance for visiting
refugee children. There are also many trips to see concerts in Malaysia
and Singapore as part of the curriculum or as a member of an after-school club.
Both campuses offer a wide range of musical and arts related clubs and
activities after school. These include choirs, orchestra, music ensembles. Please see Extra
Curricular Activities for more information all the Extra-Curricular Activities
The Alice Smith School is a founding member of the Federation of British
International Schools in South-East Asia. The 20+ members of FOBISSEA hold
various events, competitions and workshops throughout the year for students and
teachers, which include annual arts events such as the FOBISSEA Primary
Performing Arts Carnival, held in Beijing in 2013 and to be hosted by the Alice
Smith School in 2014, FOBISSEA Music Festival and the FOBISSEA Choral Festival.
Students with a particular interest in the performing arts are welcome to
audition to represent the school at these events which comprise of workshops
and performances in art, drama, music, dance and song.