In English, meanwhile, verse and prose can be learned by heart, andthe pupil's memory should be stored with stories of every kind--classicalmyth, European legend, and so forth. I do not think that the classicalstories and masterpieces of ancient literature should be made the vilebodies on which to practice the techniques of Grammar--that was a faultof mediaeval education which we need not perpetuate. The stories can beenjoyed and remembered in English, and related to their origin at a subsequentstage. Recitation aloud should be practiced, individually or in chorus;for we must not forget that we are laying the groundwork for Disputationand Rhetoric.
The annual House Dance Competition displays pieces choreographed by each House around a given theme. A Junior and Senior Choreography Competition invites girls to produce their own solo or group piece. Our annual dance show, Highlights, is an opportunity for girls to perform the work that they have choreographed in Dance Companies, as well as pieces worked on with a member of the dance department. The production demonstrates talent across age groups through a multitude of dance genres.
There are a variety of competitions on offer to help stretch and develop musicians. Our biennial music essay competition is open to all pupils. Themes have included music in response to war and conflict zones and music that inspires. The Annabel Choy Competitive Composition Concert allows girls to compose a piece of music which is then performed by pupils throughout the School.
Speech and Drama is taught in small groups, pairs and as solo lessons for girls working towards LAMDA examinations, it emphasises the value of teamwork, co-operation and creativity. We encourage an understanding and enjoyment of poetry, prose, published and improvised drama, and other theatrical arts through performance. Girls develop an awareness of the stage space and the skills needed in communication as they perform a variety of pieces.