Are you looking for a school that has art in its blood?
Do you want your child to be educated in an environment which is not only beautiful but which values aesthetics?
Do you consider artistic urges precious?
Too often, mainstream schools place too high a value on ‘grades for grades’ sake’ and fail to rate the artistic side of life highly enough. They end up being sterile ‘grade factories’ which churn out students who have learned for exams but lack an understanding of the meaningful things of life.
A school which undervalues aesthetics betrays its children’s innermost impulses.
It’s possible to have academic accomplishments side by side with artistic endeavour.
At Greenfields Independent Day and Boarding School, students are
- encouraged to develop proficiency in the Arts – Music, Art, Dance and Drama. Art is considered as an essential life skill and it is taught as such.
- helped to develop an aptitude for music and encouraged both in the class music lessons and with individual tuition
- granted access to a unique extra- curricular activity in the form of the Sussex Rock School. Local professional musicians provide individual tuition to students, who often form up into bands or groups during the year.
- able to participate in something very special: during the last three weeks of the Summer Term, almost the entirety of the Senior School student body becomes a theatre company – GTC (Greenfields Theatre Company).
Providing that their academic targets have been met, students are invited to participate in the GTC, which puts on a full- scale theatrical production with several performances each July as part of the school’s Gala Weekend, the end-of-school year celebration.
Students handle the many facets that a full-scale theatre production involves: public relations and marketing, finance, stage management, lighting, sound, props and scenery, costume making, and of course, acting and dancing. The students do it all under the supervision of the Drama Department, and the productions have become well-known for their quality and professionalism.
Recent productions include:
2015: Nanny McPhee
2014: Comedy of Terrors
2013: Peter Pan
2012: The Three Musketeers
2011: The 39 Steps
2010: The Hound of the Baskervilles
2009: Shakespeare in Love
2008: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2007: Robin Hood
2006: Wuthering Heights
2005: Pride and Prejudice
2004: It’s a Wonderful Life
2003: The Hobbit
2002: Animal Farm
2001: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
GTC builds communication skills and leaves students with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and achievement. It is a vital part of what Greenfields is all about.
Greenfields also participates in National Theatre Connections. This is for everyone 13 years and up who is very interested in drama and wants to explore it more. It is a scheme in connection with The National Theatre in London.
The Connections group get to choose a play out of ten professionally written plays especially for the Connections Scheme. We then rehearse it and perform it here at Greenfields in front of a National Theatre Director, and then we get the amazing chance to perform it on a regional stage – in 2015/16, at the London Hammersmith Lyceum Theatre. After that 10 out of 250 plays get chosen to perform their play at the National Theatre Stage in June. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to work with professionals within the field of drama and to get the opportunity to perform at a regional theatre. It gives them experience and confidence and lots of opportunities for theatrical creativity.
From Preschool all the way to the Sixth Form, all students, male and female, are also offered the opportunity to participate in private dance lessons, covering modern, jazz, tap and classical and contemporary ballet. Dancers study the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance syllabus and are entered for examinations if they wish. As well as performing in many school productions, students have the opportunity to dance in local theatrical productions and to choreograph their own dances.
Subject teachers are encouraged to organise outings to places of special interest for their subjects. Recent ones include Kew Gardens, the Imperial War Museum and the Houses of Parliament. Sports fixtures are also a regular feature of life at Greenfields.
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