Great Opportunities

Arts & Culture Programme

Student busy with art drawing

Student Drawing

Two students singing

Student receiving voice training

Students performing a group instrumental

Cultural Programme

The Woodridge College cultural programme has been built into the timetable. Pupils can select to participate in specialised activities or receive exposure to culturally inclined courses. A fortnightly cultural timeslot also allows for quizzes, an inter-house public speaking competition and presentations by guest speakers and visiting musicians.

Arts Subjects

An exciting new addition to our Matric subjects is IEB Drama. Drama tuition, focused on taking external Trinity Drama Examinations is also available for a group of selected students. Our Visual Arts Matric pupils annually obtain an average of between 11 and 14 A symbols for this subject in the IEB exam. Music is also an IEB Matric Subject that teaches our young musicians to perform, improvise and to compose with the help of modern music software.

Performance Opportunities, Individually and In Groups

Woodridge offers tuition in piano, voice, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba, euphonium, trumpet, trombone, drum kit, guitar and violin. The College choir, close harmony vocal group, wind ensemble, and contemporary music groups have fun making music in a team. Our College Choir annually takes part in the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concerts, conducted by the Woodridge ‘old boy’ Richard Cock, in aid of St Francis Hospice. We have launched a Steel Band Outreach Project, aimed at the musical development of neighbouring schools.

Woodridge College has a particularly strong debating team that regularly wins the Inter-Schools League.  In Grade 12 pupils may also join the Toastmasters Society, where their public speaking skills are refined.

Apart from having the opportunity to join the Drama Club, pupils with a dramatic flair may perform in the annual Inter-house plays. There were recently rave reviews for our thespians who successfully put on the musical ‘District Six’ in the Savoy Theatre during the first week of August 2017.

Festivals, Competitions and Eisteddfods

2018 Was a season of musical successes and of continued growth in the number of music pupils taught at the College. Our ‘Knock on Wood’ Arts Fest (30 Jul – 3 Aug), hosted bi-annually by Woodridge, yet again offered budding musicians, artists, actors and writers a creative platform like none other to celebrate musical solos, choirs, drama, visual arts and creative writing. The 2018 Fest proved to be of special significance, as it took place against the backdrop of the brand new Woodridge campus and again boasted top notch adjudicators and entries from over 30 Eastern Cape schools. In 2018 Woodridge pupils obtained 72 gold and double gold awards across these categories.

Woodridge also boasted a record number of entries in the regional SASMT Music Competition (7-9 August) and are proud of our Steel Band and of Shimeon Botes for reaching the finals. The other pupils participating were Evan Davies, Tamica Britz, Lauren Pienaar, Gregory Battle, Jordan Gallant, Avuxeni Tyala, Rachel Botha, Michael Kelly, Arné van Hagen, Anthlahla Ebbie, Jedidiah Botes, Kim Eden, Lea Timmermans, Kate Lagan, Lois Felix and Giverny Howorth. We are incredibly proud of Tamica Britz who was selected as a finalist in the High School Section of the National Grahamstown Music Competition. She was also the youngest candidate in this category.

Additional cultural activities include:

Speech & Drama

Speech and Drama is offered as a specialised extra-mural activity in the afternoons. Drama is valuable in developing good, clear communication skills and self-confidence which are essential tools in an increasingly media driven world. The students learn to interact harmoniously with one another and work effectively as teams, promoting good social habits. These lessons allow children to express themselves creatively through movement and vocal work whilst exposing them to a broad range of literature, music, dance and art. These skills are further developed in the extra-mural programme as well as more focus on vocal production, acting, theatre, arts and story development. The self-confidence children develop through this activity is very empowering and participating in regular public performances, rewarding for student and parent alike.

Individual Instrumental Tuition

Tuition options include Piano, Voice, Flute, Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar, Drum Kit and Recorder. Music theory is either taught by the music teacher during practical lessons or in specialised music theory classes as when pupils advance and prepare to write external UNISA examinations. Students are also encouraged to enter external examinations through Trinity Guildhall and Trinity Rockschool. An informal school evaluation assessment and report is produced at the end of the first semester and a formal examination and report is made at the end of the year.