MAD-ness in the arts depart­ment at Grantleigh

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO EDUCATION - Richard Springo­rum

GRANTLEIGH Schools of­fi­cially opened and blessed their funky new Music, Art and Drama (MAD) cen­tre on 3 Au­gust.

This was an ex­cit­ing time for the school, af­ter break­ing ground a year ago.

The lo­cal pri­vate school has been us­ing the build­ings since the be­gin­ning of the year, but of­fi­cially opened and blessed the com­pleted prod­uct with Ex­ec­u­tive Head An­drew Nor­ris and Rev­erend Ja­son Currie at the school’s Founders Day cel­e­bra­tions.

The depart­ment fea­tures three build­ings sur­round­ing a small am­phithe­atre and gar­dens on the edge of cam­pus.

Each build­ing is home to a dif­fer­ent art form with the com­mu­nal space in the cen­tre and sur­rounds for many ac­tiv­i­ties to take place out­doors.

The main walls of each build­ing were painted and de­signed by Dur­ban based graf­fiti artist Giffy and the art stu­dents in a week of fun and work­shops.

The art room houses a big the­ory room which is used by all the grades, as well as a smaller ma­tric ex­am­i­na­tion venue where the matrics can work on their fi­nal art pieces.

There are store­rooms for the equip­ment and col­lapsi­ble doors which con­nect the stu­dents to the in­spi­ra­tion found out­side.

The drama room has a com­plete stage and small change rooms where the ma­tric ex­am­i­na­tions take place.

There is also enough room for a small au­di­ence to be seated in the theatre, or for move­ment classes to take place with­out the move­ments be­ing too con­fined.

The music depart­ment fea­tures two main classes sur­rounded by four small prac­tice rooms.

The main the­ory room has col­lapsi­ble doors and a cov­ered pa­tio al­low­ing the space to be opened for small per­for­mances.

The band room is the res­i­dent home of the Grantleigh Marimba Band and practical work in the mid­dle school grades of­ten in­cludes work on the in­stru­ments.

The smaller prac­tice rooms are read­ily avail­able as learn­ers re­quire a few ex­tra min­utes of prac­tice or to warm up be­fore lessons and ex­am­i­na­tions held at the school.


On Fri­day, 3 Au­gust Rev­erend Ja­son Currie pre­formed a short bless­ing of the build­ings and An­drew Nor­ris un­veiled the of­fi­cial plaque on the drama room wall.

Guests were then treated to a per­for­mance by the school’s Marimba Band and the 3G Gospel Choir, be­fore a tree plant­ing cer­e­mony took place.

Each phase planted a tree that will grow to sur­round the MAD cen­tre.

Ex­ec­u­tive Head An­drew Nor­ris and Juri­ana Fil­mal­ter un­veil the plaque to of­fi­cially open the cen­tre

Louisa van der Walt and two pupils plant the Ju­nior Prepara­tory tree

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