Drama is taught as part of the normal school curriculum to all boys from Reception up to Year 5, but also as an extra-curricular activity to boys from Years 3 to 8.
The School has staged a wide variety of productions, ranging from the toe-tapping, splurge firing musical ‘Bugsy’ to everyone’s favourite, ‘Joseph’, and from the allegorical ‘Lord of the Flies’ to the neon-fuelled ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’. In short, there is something for every taste and palette.
Drama plays an important part in the wider curriculum at St John’s: there will always be a large cohort of boys who relish the opportunity to perform in public, but equally there will be those who initially lack the confidence to step forward and participate in such opportunities. At St John’s we encourage all boys to ‘get involved’ in some manner and experience the exhilaration and pride of being involved, in whatever way, in a school-wide production.
During curriculum lessons the boys’ focus is on LAMDA examinations and at least one public
performance per year. All boys in Years 3 and 4 take group LAMDA examinations but a great many besides also prepare for individual examinations.
The school has recently built an outdoor theatre which the boys can use in their free time to create and stage their own productions