Arts & Culture Department Staff:
Piano/Recorder: Mrs. M. Spencer-Jones
Violin/String Ensemble: Mr. C. van Breda
Flute/Piano/Cello: Mrs. D. Holder
Percussion: Mr. G. Tracey
Guitar: Mr. J. Helman
Visual Art Teacher/ Senior Art Club: Mrs. R. Hart
Junior Art Club: Mrs. M-L Townsend & Mrs. J-D Paulsen
Drama Club: Ms W. Fourie
The WBJS Drama Club, formed in 2016, is committed to create an environment where our boys are given the opportunity to express themselves, build their confidence and provide an outlet for their creativity.
By developing their emotional intelligence and verbal and non-verbal communication skills, our boys are well-rounded and prepared for life’s lessons.
Under the leadership of Ms. Wendy Fourie, our boys are exposed to all aspects of drama education. Not only do they learn about improvisation, narration and role play, but also introduced to different genre.
Outings to various theatres to experience different productions, ensure that our boys understand all aspects of a performance.
At the top of our list is our performance at the Artscape as part of the Shakespeare Festival mid-year. Mrs Kseniya Filinova Bruton, the director of the Shakespeare Festival and who taught at Wynberg Boys’ High School for seven years, has been the instigator and joined our team to carry over the true spirit of Shakespeare.
Our club is alive with enthusiasm and with more and more boys wanting to be part of a group of people who accept everyone the way they are, it is growing at a steady pace.
WBJS has a vibrant and busy music department with over a third of the boys taking either instrumental lessons, singing in the choir or both. Two full-time and four-part time teachers provide tuition on a range of instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Guitar and Drums. Every week boys are involved with rehearsals for Junior Choir, Senior Choir, String Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Most of our boys continue with their musical training into the high school with great success!
Music in the Foundation Phase allows boys to begin on the Piano, Recorder, Violin or Guitar and Drum-kit, giving them the opportunity to experience learning a musical instrument. Lessons are given in groups of three to five (except for Piano lessons).
Once boys are in Grade 4, they are given the chance to try out for one of the orchestral instruments and after a few terms, and enough progress, they will have the opportunity of joining the String Ensemble, Concert Band and/or Jazz Band.
Our Junior Choir consists of over 90 boys from Grades 2 and 3. They are invited to join the choir, but many ask if they may join the choir as they are used to singing during class music as part of the Foundation Phase programme and have already develop an enjoyment of singing. No boy is turned away!
The choir rehearses once a week on Thursdays. Songs are chosen from the well-known Disney films, or timeworn classics.
The boys perform for the school during assembly; at the Prize-Giving ceremony and at various concerts throughout the year.
Our Senior Choir consists of 70 boys from Grades 4 – 7. Many of them have moved up from the Junior Choir and already have developed a love of singing. We are fortunate in having a wide spectrum of voice-types so our choir enjoys the challenge of singing in three parts – for soprano, alto and tenor.
The choir participates in a number of concerts at school and also entertain all gathered for our annual prize-giving event.
We also have the benefit of being part of the Wynberg Campus of Schools where the choir is invited to join the Choir Festival each year, hosted by our brother school, Wynberg Boys High. This large event takes place in the City Hall.
The choir also takes part in the Wynberg Campus of Schools Carol Service. This is a beautiful ending to each year with the choirs from each school singing their chosen carol. The ceremony ends with the magnificent combined sound of about 250 voices from all four Wynberg school choirs singing in glorious harmony.
The String Ensemble which consists of about 16 boys from Grades 3 to 7 rehearses on Tuesday mornings before school. Our busy string programme allows the ensemble to include not only violins, but also cellos and a double bass. Repertoire includes traditional string ensemble pieces through to the more popular genres. The ensemble plays in all major concerts during the year and in collaborations with the other sister and brother schools of the Wynberg Campus.
Concert Band is the biggest ensemble in our school and consists of close to 40 boys from Grade 4 to 7. Rehearsals include sectionals on Tuesday mornings before school and a full rehearsal on Thursday mornings. Repertoire includes the usual standard concert band pieces along with some popular songs of the current years. Often, the various instrumental sections will learn pieces specific to their instrument, forming ad hoc brass, saxophone and woodwind ensembles. This ensemble is the busiest with performances and takes part in all school performances as well as the many collaborations with our sister and brother schools of the Wynberg Campus.
Jazz Band is our most popular ensemble and boys from Grade 4 to 7 join through an audition by invitation. Rehearsals are Friday mornings before school. From Jazz standards through Latin, Funk and African jazz, the band also includes more contemporary songs in their repertoire. Performances include all school concerts as well as joining with the other schools of the Wynberg Campus during the year.