Art was a method of communication, even before we could read or write, however, teaching it requires more than just knowledge of art and the transfer of certain skills. It calls for passion, creative thinking, and the ability to inspire others. Creative arts can be seen as a gift that helps us better understand life, while it brings joy.

More so than adults, young children are spontaneous and in touch with their creative side, creating joy without being critical of their own work. Ms Marais, or “Mamsie” as she is fondly referred to, tries to ensure that nothing limits that innate creativity and that children don’t compare themselves, and their masterpieces, to those of others, as it inhibits the free flow of ideas and the nurturing of our primal artistic instincts.

The creative arts process differs drastically from the strict class situation where they must do everything according to the book. Just like math, however, art is critically important for children's mental development and the ability to problem-solve.

In addition, the senses and emotions are equally important, especially in visual arts. Children are encouraged to create what they see or feel, not what they are prescribed to observe. Our unique environment at Woodridge also allows us to draw inspiration from beyond the four walls of the classroom. Nature is a wonderful medium to open doors to creative thinking and unstructured learning in a healthy environment.

why is art & music beneficial for young children?

  • It boosts brain development in young children.
  • It assists with academic performance.
  • It improves memory.
  • It enhances social skills.
  • It leads to improved language and reading skills.
  • It develops critical thinking and the ability to problem-solve.
  • It builds confidence.
  • It instills discipline.




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. We encourage pupils to enter external music theory and practical examinations. 

Informal school assessments are done mid-year. Formal assessments and reports are completed at the end of the academic year.


As part of Woodridge Preparatory's co-curricular programme, we offer various group and band activities in the afternoons after sport. Activities such as Senior Choir (Gr 4 – 7), Marimba Band (Gr 5 – 7), Djembe drumming group (Gr 6 – 7) and Violin ensemble (Gr 4 – 7). All children in Grade 2 and 3 form part of the Junior Choir. We aim to start a Woodwind ensemble soon to develop each pupil's playing skills in preparation for the College's ensembles.

Chess is offered as well, with a Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase practise group.


Woodridge Preparatory plays an integral role in our school's biennial Arts Festival, Knock on Wood. With this festival being one of the biggest school-hosted festivals in South Africa at this stage, we encourage all music pupils, groups, drama and art pupils to participate with other schools in the region, right here on our beautiful campus.
We also have biennial school productions. We incorporate music, singing and drama to develop that side of most pupils in the Intermediate Phase.

Our marimba band and choirs regularly perform both for their peers and per invitation at events and venues in the region.


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