Applewood introduces children to a range of visual arts, music and dramatic arts

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Our Culture

Visual Art, Music and the Dramatic Arts make up the cultural offering at Applewood Preparatory.  Our cultural programme aims at introducing the children to a range of skills and opportunities for self-exploration.

Visual Art

The Visual Arts Department is situated in a beautiful studio environment, lending itself to a creative, inspirational atmosphere.  The Arts improve concentration, confidence and lateral thinking, while having fun, learning and exploring.

Art disciplines on offer include painting, drawing, textiles and clay work.  Design skills are developed through a variety of techniques and media.

Creative learning develops a well-rounded individual, by integrating the imagination with other core class themes.  Emphasis is also placed on our Eco-friendly ethos by recycling, upcycling, and encouraging awareness of our environment.

“We’re preparing kids for jobs.  We’re preparing kids to be good citizens.  And we’re teaching them to be human beings who can enjoy the deeper forms of beauty.  The third is just as important as the other two.”  –  TOM HORNE


Music is a taught as a distinct discipline from our Apple Pips class (the Grade RRR or three turning four years old) through to Grade 7,  our thirteen year-olds.

We offer our children the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to develop their understanding of music.

We also help them understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy co-ordinates the Drama curriculum at Applewood.  The principal of the academy, Mr Jaques van Jaarsveld, teaches Drama from Grade 1 to Grade 7.  Mr van Jaarsveld outlines the aims of his lessons and the academy as follows:

Speech: Our program aims to enable children to speak clearly with good articulation and vocal projection, making them confident in public speaking so that they will speak well and be heard.  We further aim to enable children to speak expressively with the appropriate inflections which will enable them to be interesting speakers.

Movement: Our movement program aims to make children aware of how to use their bodies to communicate appropriately and expressively, how to relate to the space around them, and how to relate spatially to others.  We further aim to encourage basic creativity in movement skills, encouraging children to tell a story using their bodies only (mime).

Improvisation: The main goal of our core improvisational activities is to enable children to communicate off-the-cuff in impromptu life-situations with confident, meaningful and appropriate responses, to be aware of others around them and their responses, and how to interact creatively within a group.

Snippets/dialogues/scripts: Here we focus on the fine art of conversation and the development of social skills, encouraging children to interact with each other creatively and appropriately, and to resolve problem or conflict situations.

Stagecraft/performance skills: All levels learn basic stagecraft as part of the ongoing curriculum.  However, at year end a stage production showcases the children’s development in all core skills, and further provides the opportunity for a more extensive development in stagecraft.

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