performing arts

Overview

All of our students are timetabled for Dance, Drama and Music lessons in Year 7 and 8, and there is a lot of opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities. The school encourages students to perform in assemblies, at lunchtimes, in concerts and productions, and we take part in up to 40 performances each year in the community. The departments work together on joint productions, and there are also discrete performance evenings for each area. Students are encouraged to use their performance skills across the curriculum, and a growing number of staff support productions as performers, backstage and technical crew.

We encourage students to take part in the planning of performing arts events at Portchester, and have established a partnership group made up of staff from our local network of schools. This enables us to deliver a programme of arts events and performances each year, which serve the needs of our local and extended community.

Director of Performing Arts, Subject Leader for Music:

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Mr T Webb          t.webb


  

 

music

The music department at Portchester Community School comprises one full time Subject Leader. In addition, a number of instrumental music teachers visit the school on a weekly basis to work with students.

   

We currently offer lessons on:  

  • Strings

  • Guitars

  • Voice

  • Piano

  • Keyboard

  • Brass

  • Woodwind

  • Drum kit

  • Steel pans

We also have a number of ensembles rehearsing on a regular basis. These include:

  • Choir

  • Steel bands

  • Taiko drumming

  • Samba

  • Cuban Jazz

 

Students are given a lot of opportunity to perform in and out of school. There are regular performances in concerts, assemblies and festivals. Portchester regularly sends groups to perform in the National Festival of Music for Youth. In addition, the music department organises trips to concerts and musicals at leading theatres.

Composition is a strong feature of the department – the department has the use of a multimedia suite using Apple Mac computers. 

The music department has organised concert tours to the Isle of Wight, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Barbados and Cape Town, South Africa.

Web Links:

http://www.sapanjazz.org/ 
http://www.panjazzinternational.org/

Programme of Study 2017 - Click for larger version

  

 

 

drama

‘Imagining what it is to be like someone, other than yourself, is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality.’ Ian McEwan

We provide an excellent programme of study that develops strong technical skills, creativity and enables students to explore the world around them. We regularly explore topics that engage students with their individual rights and responsibilities within society.  At Key Stage 3 the students develop a historical overview of the subject as well as developing key performance skills.  We study a range of styles and practitioners to provide students with a varied curriculum.  At Key Stage 4 we are currently following Edexcel’s specification and intend to move to AQA as the new series of examinations are introduced.

Drama club is very popular at Keystage Three, this academic year our Year 7 students are preparing to perform ‘The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty’ as part of our annual Arts Festival.  

Our GCSE and BTEC students also present their examination performances throughout the year; this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to see the excellent work created by our students.    

Teaching Staff

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Mrs K Budd              Subject Leader for Drama      k.verard

Programme of Study 2017 - click for larger version