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Art, Music, Food

Here at Talbot Heath, we believe in expanding your child's creative mind. The girls are encouraged to be creative and imaginative in their projects and also learning to adhere to instructions.

Art

Students in years 4, 5 and 6 are taught Art in the Senior School. The Art department is a dynamic, innovative subject area in which we aim to create a positive and stimulating learning environment for every student. All lessons are taught by specialist teachers with a wide skill base and extensive teaching experience. Lessons are taught in large, bright and fully equipped Art studios.

As a department we stimulate students’ confidence, curiosity and enjoyment of Art, encouraging open and enquiring minds that are aware of contemporary, cultural and historical elements; this enables the development of practical skills, concepts and informed decisions building on work through project-based outcomes.

Within the Junior School, the Art department covers topic areas such as cultural units, portraiture, textiles, landscape and design concepts all of which link to relevant artists or designers.

Music

 

Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Anderson

Talbot Heath has a lively musical tradition throughout the school. The subject is taught in the purpose-built Queensmount Music School which houses a concert hall, two large teaching rooms, an electronic music studio, a small teaching room and nine instrumental teaching/practice rooms, each of which has a piano.

The Mary Norton Concert Hall is used for staging informal concerts and is the rehearsal base for the Junior Choir and instrumental ensembles. It houses a fine grand piano, a three-manual organ and a sizeable number of large percussion instruments.

Music is taught by specialist teachers from Reception to Year 6. The emphasis is on cultivating an enjoyment and appreciation of music through practical learning – music lessons are fun! We also use iPads in our class teaching at all levels.   Our enthusiastic and dedicated music staff comprise two full-time teachers responsible for the classroom teaching and a large number of visiting teachers who offer expert tuition in instrumental and vocal studies. The department is a centre for the instrumental examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

A range of musical ensembles meet on a weekly basis. A busy concert schedule includes a regular programme of Informal Lunchtime Concerts, the annual Nativity and Carol Service, a Spring Production, a Summer Concert and regular Soloists Concerts and Pre-Prep Mini Musicals. The Junior girls often join with the Senior pupils in larger scale concerts and productions. A favourite annual treat is our participation in the Young Voices Choir at the O2 Arena.

Music Lessons


Individual Instrumental Lessons

Please contact Mrs Fuller in the Finance department to book.

  • Violin 
  • Viola 
  • Cello 
  • Double Bass 
  • Piano 
  • Organ 
  • Flute 
  • Oboe 
  • Clarinet 
  • Bassoon 
  • Saxophone 
  • Recorder 
  • Horn 
  • Trumpet 
  • Trombone 
  • Singing 
  • Guitar 
  • Percussion (Orchestral and Drum kit)

Music Clubs

The Music department offers many vocal and instrumental ensembles which girls are encouraged to join. These include:

  • Orchestra 
  • Percussion Ensemble 
  • Dance Band
  • Senior Strings 
  • Intermediate Strings
  • Senior Choir 
  • Junior Choir
  • Chamber Choir 
  • Wind Band
  • Flute Choir
  • Smaller Flute Ensembles 
  • Clarinet Choir 
  • Saxophone Choir

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Food

In Year 6,  the girls are introduced to the basic principles of human nutrition and the relationship between diet and health.  The practical tasks focus on the theme ‘Five a Day’, with an emphasis on preparing a range of increasingly complex snacks and light meals, following recipes independently and working safely, hygienically and within given time limits.  The girls  learn to use a variety of tools and equipment, and  develop different skills and techniques to produce a series of quality dishes.  All the girls work towards achieving their ‘Active Kids Get Cooking’ One Star Chef Award and a 'Top Chef' is selected from each class and rewarded with an embroidered chef's hat.