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ACADEMICS

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

Learners from Grade 7 to 12 study a full range of academic subjects in addition to their chosen specialist arts subject(s).
Using a carefully calibrated mix of rigorous high school academics and classical arts training,

Drakondale  aims to help teens become capable, creative men and women -- artists and scholars with a faculty for self-reflection and the drive to continually refine their work. Students may choose a particular arts field to specialise in but arts and academics are not seen as separate endeavors; they are deeply connected disciplines, and teachers draw on the rigors of one to feed another.

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

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 either or both the Drakondale Girls Choir and the Drakondale Youth Choir.   

DANCE

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

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.