" The School has a rich history and ongoing commitment to the development of cultural pursuits,
including the dramatic arts, chess, photography, music appreciation, civic society, the pipe band,
debating and fine and graphic art."
Our learners participate in the Alberton and Kempton Park Eisteddfods during August every year. We participate in the Afrikaans Home Language section in the following categories.
Learners also participate in the Afrikaans Public Speaking Competition, an annual inter house event. Over the years, this has proved to be a very enjoyable evening where the boys impress the audience with their well-researched and entertaining speeches. The adjudicators are always very impressed with the confidence of the junior speakers and the quality of the speech writing & techniques of the senior boys.
The KES Choral Society offers its boys a chance to develop and improve their vocal talents. Through the choir, they learn ways to use their vocal range, test their abilities and work together as a cohesive unit with their fellow singers. Boys are offered a chance to perform at School assemblies, School building openings such as the opening of the Victor Daitz Mathematics Centre and cultural events such as the musical Expressions evening.
Opportunities to perform at the national Eisteddfod and achieve in their own capacity are aided and supported by the School. A reputable and well-recognised record has put the boys in the foreground and allowed them to sing the National Anthem in live broadcasts of public events. With the help of a music teacher and choir conductor, boys are guaranteed success in their choral endeavours.
The King Edward VII School Music Society is made up of musicians of various instruments, genres and levels. Each term the Music Society hosts an "Expressions” evening, where learners perform and have the opportunity for collaborations. These evenings are themed and invite a variety of performers across different disciplines as well as musical. Our School's band regularly performs in interschool competitions, making it to the finals, and has had outstanding achievements in regional and national Eisteddfods.
The Marimba Ensemble is a more recent development of the Cultural Department at King Edward VII School. Acquiring our first set of marimbas in 2019, the learners very quickly showed their talents in their performance at the International Steelpan and Marimba Festival, the largest marimba festival in the world.
Excelling in all their performances, they can be seen and heard at School events and externally throughout each term.
Fact: The King Edward VII School Marimba Ensemble placed second in their category at the 2019 International Steelpan and Marimba Festival, the largest marimba festival in the world.
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