Music, Art and Drama at St Augustine's Priory

"My favourite lesson is Drama. I love it. It's really fun."

(Form III Pupil)

Learning to act and make music together is an important part of school life .  St Augustine's has an enviable reputation for music and drama and girls of  all age groups regularly delight parents and friends in the exciting and innovative  performances which take place at least once a term. This has recently included productions of 'Bugsy Malone', 'Resurrection Rock',  'Calamity Jane', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'As You Like It';  the girls are currently rehearsing for an all school production of 'The Ash Girl' which will be performed at The Questors Theatre in March 2012.

Pupils often go to West End concerts and theatres and the School welcomes professional theatre companies and workshop groups.  All girls study drama and those who wish to develop their talents can progress to GCSE and A Level.  Many of our former students study Drama at University.

"St Augustine's encourages you to be an all-rounder, to have a go at everything without the fear of failing."

(Head of Drama)

Pupils' talents and skills are celebrated throughout the year in a wonderful repertoire of events which includes a Music Festival, Summer Serenade and Carol Service in Ealing Abbey.

A wide range of musical instruments including the fife, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, piano, harp and guitar as well as participating in the school orchestras and choirs.  The school caters for every musical taste and a vast number of bands and ensembles meet at lunchtimes and after school.  St Augustine's orchestra and choir have performed successfully in Austria, Holland, Prague and Florence. Girls also study Art from Prep I - first in the classroom and later in either of the two art rooms, encouraging them to explore their creativity and imagination.

They have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques, such as drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, printmaking, design and other three dimensional media. This practical work is also complimented by the theory based study of artists, designers and styles from different periods and cultures. We hope the girls can then inform and develop their own style, forming an appreciation of the arts for life. Every year St Augustine’s hosts a Summer Art Exhibition showcasing final GCSE and A Level examination projects, and we celebrate the successes and talents of pupils year round by displaying their work around the School for all to enjoy.