ACADEMICS

A predisposition towards the Arts  does not mean that one should forego ambition for academic excellence.

Learners from Grade 8 to 9 study the full range of academic subjects in accordance with the CAPS curriculum, in addition to all four of The Arts Subjects viz. Music Studies, Visual Arts, Dramatic Studies & Dance Studies.


From Grades 10 -12, Drakondale offers a wide range of Academic subjects including Physical & Life Sciences,  Geography & History, CAT and Business Studies.


At this point students may prefer to specialize in 1 or 2 of the Arts subjects as listed above.


The Arts and Academics are deeply connected disciplines, and teachers draw on the rigors of one to 
feed another. Using a carefully callibrated mix of rigorous high school academics and training in the arts, 
Drakondale aims to help teens become capable, creative, and confident adults. 

SMALL CLASSES MEANS INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION
With a MAXIMUM of 16 students in any one classroom,students are assured of receiving individual attention.

 Teachers work with students to meet their individual needs.

Grades 7 – 9 follow the 9 National Compulsory subjects.

Grades 10 - 12 SUBJECT CHOICES

CORE SUBECTS (Compulsory)
English HL
Mathematics (Core or Literacy)
isiZulu FAL or Afrikaans FAL
Life Orientation

CHOOSE THREE OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS – AT LEAST ONE MUST BE AN ART SUBJECT

ART CHOICES 
Music Studies
Dance Studies
Dramatic Arts

Visual Arts
 

ACADEMIC CHOICES 

Physical Sciences
Life Sciences
Geography
History

Computer Application Technology

Hospitality Studies

Business Studies

 


 

THE ARTS

MUSIC STUDIES

Learners can enroll for music as an extra-curricular or as a curricular subject. A wide variety of instrumental tuition is available or can be arranged.  Keyboard Instruments, Voice, Recorder, Guitar, Orchestral Instruments.  For these external examinations are entered annually (UNISA, ABRSM and Trinity College of Music).  

Music & Dance are the subjects of choice for Creative Arts for all Grade 7-9 learners.

CHORAL TRAINING

Choral training is available for learners in the Drakondale Youth Choir.   

The Drakondale Choir, under the baton of Mr Botes Gresse (Principal & Choir Director) won first place in the category CHILDREN’S CHOIRS in the last WORLD CHOIR GAMES event.  

Students are encouraged to join this award winning choir, and partake

in their frequent tours and concerts.

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DANCE STUDIES

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Dance Studies has both a theoretical and a practical component. This enables learners to pursue dancing and dance-related careers in the performing arts, entertainment, education, fitness and leisure industries.  

Dance is also available as an extra-mural subject.
This curriculum is written with the three most popular dance forms in South Africa, in mind, namely:
African dance, Classical ballet & Contemporary dance, but will not be limited to those. Other dance forms such as Modern Theatre dance, Tap, and Spanish dance will be introduced.  

External examinations can be done in Ballet (RAD, London) and in Spanish Dance (Alianza Flaminca, Johannesburg).  These examinations ensure that an international standard is maintained. 

DRAMATIC  ARTS

Dramatic Arts is a powerful tool for developing skills of cooperation and collaboration and prepares  learners for entry into further studies for a possible career in the drama (or related arts) field, while equipping learners

with crucial life skills such as confidence, self-esteem, creativity, communication skills, empathy,

self-discipline, critical and creative thinking, leadership and collaborative teamwork which will

benefit the individual in any field or future interest.

VISUAL ARTS

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The subject Visual Arts is about self-expression and offers learners a way to engage meaningfully with, and respond to, their world. It provides opportunities to stimulate and develop learners’ intellect, engaging their creative imagination through visual and tactile experiences and the innovative use of materials and technology in realising their ideas.  It also encourages learners to develop an individual visual language and literacy, which is informed and shaped by the study of visual culture, past and present.