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Monday July 22, 2019

The arts

The IB curriculum encourages a well-rounded education and there can be no doubt of the artistic talent we have in school.

Musically, we now have several ensembles and orchestras and the school community has been treated to afternoon and evening concerts this term, showcasing some of the musical talent that we have at NLCS Dubai. The recent Summer concert was a highlight, involving no less than 56 students performing.

The students sitting ABRSM exams deserve a mention too, with everyone passing with their choice of voice or instrument exams.

We have also been able to enjoy displays of the wonderful and inventive Art and Design work of our IB MYP and DP students. This was also a great opportunity for the rest of the School to appreciate how much passion and talent goes into these pieces.

Drama is a huge leap of faith for many, but the rewards are incredible for those who ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre and Black Box theatre have been in steady use this term with the highly successful productions of “Little Shop of Horrors” in the Senior School (whatever became of Audrey 2?!) and the recent “Oliver!” performance that involved every student in Grades 4 and 5. What a wonderful way for the students to practise and hone their confidence, organisational skills and focus on being a reliable part of a team – all important parts of growing up as they approach Senior School.

All of the students sitting the Trinity Drama exams passed with flying colours – especially impressive as these students range all the way from Grade 2 to Grade 11!

The Senior School is finishing the term and in fact the year, on a high – with the NLCS Dubai Arts Festival. There is a dizzying variety of events, workshops and performances on this week – run by different departments and therefore encouraging students to look at their academic lessons from a creative perspective, promoting innovative thinking.

As if there wasn’t enough excitement in the air, the result of the Senior School House competition will go down to the wire. The results of House Drama will be conclusive to the overall result, and preparations have reached fever-pitch as we go to print. Every student in the Senior School is involved, taking on every responsibility.  Working as a team on a multifaceted project involving marketing, directing, prop making, set building, lighting/sound, creating, performing etc. is helping to develop collaboration and delegation skills, as well as enhancing public-speaking and confidence.

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