Our students do justice to the well-resourced and purpose-built arts facilities at Bangkok Patana School. They make music, drama and art, sometimes as individuals, sometimes as a member of an ensemble. They share their skills, give hours of enjoyment to many members of our school community and most importantly they learn to develop faith in their own ideas and capacity for imagination.
In the area of drama, music and art, their work is presented publicly throughout the year. Performing is not simply about being prepared and working hard. To perform well also requires personal confidence, poise and presence in the moment. Students learn a lot about themselves through performance experiences and develop important skills that will prove most valuable in whatever context they find themselves. That is why it is so important to offer as many performance opportunities as possible in the school environment.
From Foundation Stage onwards, every student has opportunities to take part in drama activities ranging from original musical theatre extravaganzas to Year group performances. Drama is offered as a subject from Key Stage 3 through to Senior Studies. The Drama Department works hard to provide opportunities for students not only to perform, but also to learn by arranging trips to local and regional workshops and a variety of performances in different dramatic media. We also run annual trips to ISTA Drama Festivals around South East Asia.
We have a Dance and Drama Academy within the school, offering students recreational and competitive opportunity to develop their skills.
Music has a unique role in the curriculum at Bangkok Patana School, both in Primary and in Secondary. Students from Foundation Stage are exposed to specialist teachers. Music is given high priority and the skills and appreciation of music are taught and encouraged across the two schools.
The aim of the Primary Music Curriculum is for all students, by the end of Year 6, to have developed their music ability through performing, composing, listening and appraising music from a range of contexts and styles. Students should develop:
– skills needed for singing, playing, composing music and being an informed listener;
– understanding of musical structure and style;
– knowledge of repertoire involving music of different styles and settings; and
– attitudes of confidence in, enjoyment of, and interest in, a variety of music
All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 learn a chosen instrument and attend music lessons in performance ensembles instead of class groups. These ensembles include string ensemble, Thai instrument ensemble, vocal ensemble, concert band and guitar ensemble. In Years 10- 13, the music programme is focused on the areas of performing, composing, listening and appraising and is based on the (I)GCSE and the IB music curricula.
In addition to music within the curriculum, students can register for one-one-one instrumental or voice lessons. The Instrumental Music Programme serves nearly 600 students studying over 25 different instruments. Students are encouraged to partake in performance and theory examinations overseen by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity Rock School, held at Bangkok Patana. Examiners from the UK evaluate and offer suggestions to each student providing valuable feedback of an international standard. Our results in the practical and theory examinations have been excellent with many students gaining merit and distinction passes.