The main thrust of the Performing Arts at ACS Cobham is student enrichment and participation. This is facilitated through our integrated classroom and after school programmes.
Our Lower School typically stages a production every year – recent shows include Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz – with all students invited to participate. Drama thrives in Middle School, with recent performances including A Midsummer- night’s Dream and Fantastic Mr Fox. In High School, students can join the technical theatre club, where they learn about lighting, sound and staging. We put on three productions during the academic year, with recent projects including Grimm Tales and Little Shop of Horrors. Our students attend events such as The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Festivals and workshops, and enjoy visits to theatre performances in London.
Our students also enter and pass Trinity Speech & Drama Exams.
Music Performance Programme
The music performance programme is rooted in the curriculum, with event opportunities that include mini-concerts, recitals, talent shows and charity fundraisers, as well as whole-school choral and instrumental shows, and an annual summer concert. Our students attend and take part in events such as the Woking Festival and Wembley Arena’s Voice in a Million. Many students complete ABRSM and Trinity music exams, and we are also the first International School to participate in Trinity’s Arts Awards programme.
A Dedicated Team
We are located in the EJ Poularas Performing Arts Centre, and our department comprises a dedicated team of 10 arts practitioners who teach across the four divisions on our campus – including Music, Drama and Theatre; 11 visiting music and drama teachers; and our work is ably supported by our department secretary (Ms Angie Rowe) and theatre technician (Mr John Baddeley).
From Lower School to High School
In Lower School, all students participate in integrated Performing Arts classes. While all students in Middle School have classes in Music and Drama. From 8th grade, students elect an arts class from the several available offerings. The curricular programme concludes with students able to take exams in the two-year IB Music and IB Theatre classes. Since August 2015 we also offer a High School class in general Music.