The Arts are an integral part of our educational ethos in SEK-El Castillo. The Arts as a driving force in developing creative thinking, a valuable asset in today´s and tomorrow´s work environment, as well as providing opportunity for personal growth, wellbeing and positive mental health.
There is enough scientific research which supports the view that learning music enhances other cognitive abilities such as learning, language, memory, and neuroplasticity of various brain areas. In SEK El Castillo students are immersed in a music program from a very early age, starting with our Music Stimulation for Infants and go on to actively play an instrument by the age of four/five. (Year EC3). Throughout Primary right through to High School students have the opportunity to engage with our music school and prepare for music certificates within the school timetable.
There is no doubt that we live in a highly visual orientated society, critical analysis of visual information, connections with historical events, as well social and ethical values are key when investigating on visual arts and media. Practical learning helps to develop a sense of scale, proportion, balance, mathematical spatial awareness, through technical drawing, presentation skills as well as resilience and wellbeing. These skills are developed from Primary right through to Secondary. In Infant School students explore a rich sensory world through a rich use of materials.
In High School we offer two alternatives for our creative and talented students:
LIASON WITH UCJC: Both high school programs offer students in year 1, three masterclasses with professors from our undergraduate Digital Art and Film course, in our state of the arts Media Lab, with the latest Design Mac computers and design programs. Students will learn firsthand techniques in digital art and animation, receiving a certification at the end of the year.
Theatre is perceived as a cross curriculum activity in conjunction with the language department and integrated into the curriculum. Theatre develops public speaking skills as well group dynamics, helps build self-confidence and general wellbeing. We are also members of ISTA, taking part in interschool workshops.
SEK Institution has a long history of supporting high ability and talented students. In SEK El Castillo we have provided the adequate learning spaces, highly qualified, and committed teachers, and a comprehensive program in the following areas:
MUSIC: Through our music school we offer the possibility of dual certification in the ABRSM (Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music), as well as National Elementary Conservatory exam preparation, in various instruments. We also offer Trinity Rock and Pop Certifications. All our music teachers are conservatory trained.
SCHOOL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA: The school choir and orchestra run vertically to include students from upper primary right through to high school, and has played in various events as well as venues, as the Hard Rock Café.
The Theatre Club: Theatre club for our residents’ students, help build community and companionship. We also offer Theatre as an extra school activity.
THE ART CLUB: The club was created as an extra school activity for students in Secondary, to further develop their artistic talents as well as develop concentration and resilient abilities. Community exhibitions will be held, in conjunction with the UCJC.
THE DANCE CLUB
THEATRE BOARDING CLUB: The Theatre Boarding club has been running for over 10 years, offering our boarding students a space for fun group dynamics and wellbeing.
6 music rooms with acoustic installations and specialized instruments (String room, Percussion room, Guitar and band room, 3 piano and wind rooms). 6 music rooms with acoustic installations and specialized instruments (String room, Percussion room, Guitar and band room, 3 piano and wind rooms) Instruments: