MAD-ness in the arts department at Grantleigh
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