WBJS has a vibrant and busy music department with over a third of the boys taking lessons, playing in a band and/or singing in a choir. Three full-time and 13 part-time teachers provide tuition on a range of instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Guitar, Drums, Percussion and …
At a foundation level, learners are encouraged to explore the basic concepts of the art elements. As the learners progress to the intermediate phase, the expectation is that learners will gain a greater understanding of these concepts.
Visual Arts are highly important in the development of a child. Tapping into our imagination and the act of creating allows for engagement with problem-solving, a reimagining of the world and non-verbal expression. Art challenges evoke a sense of freedom and potential and allow one to simply feel.
Through the development of artistic skills, emotional intelligence and creativity, the Visual Arts department aim to equip learners with life skills that will allow them to be balanced and well-rounded individuals.
The WBJS Drama Club was formed in 2016 by Ms Wendy Fourie. The club is committed to creating 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 Fourie, our boys are exposed to all aspects of drama education. Not only do they learn about improvisation, narration and role play, but they are also introduced to different genres. The highlight of every lesson, is no doubt, getting dressed up based on a chosen character. The prop boxes and clothes are brought out and hilarious characters have entered our school hall.
Participating in the annual South African Schools’ Shakespeare Festival is one of our highlights, where the boys are given the opportunity to perform at the Artscape, Baxter and Fugard Theatres.
Our bi-annual productions always create great excitement amongst the boys. Their enthusiasm is electric and there is no lack of talent when they audition for acting, dancing and singing roles.
The drama club ensures that our boys understand all aspects of performance through outings to various theatres to experience different productions.
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.