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International School of South Africa

Culture & Enrichment


“I would teach children, music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” – Plato

Culture is an important component of curricular activities, especially in our Primary School.

Dramatic presentations are undertaken by individual classes at weekly assemblies. The various phases, viz. Pre-Primary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary of the school put on productions annually. The Pre-primary have an annual concert and the upper phases alternate yearly. Drama allows pupils to express, explore and find themselves. It is applied through improvising, role-playing, play building, puppeteering, story-making, telling, dramatisation and so forth.


Music is enjoyable and enriches our pupils’ lives and education. It helps develop language & memorization; it promotes craftsmanship; it increases coordination; it provides a sense of achievement; it facilitates emotional development, pattern recognition, imagination, relaxation, discipline, creativity, spatial intelligence, risk-taking and self-confidence, etc.

ISSA Choir


Choir is run as an extramural activity for Grades 4 to 6, as well as Marimba for Grades 5 and 6. Class music is taught from Grades 000 to Grade 6 in the weekly academic programme. Individual music tutoring is conducted with instruments such as recorder, piano, voice, violin and drums.


Art is taught to Grades 4 to 6 by a specialist Art Teacher, and the lower phases are taught Art, largely integrated into the curriculum, by class teachers. Currently, Pottery classes are offered as a ‘paid-extra’ activity after school. Art develops our pupils’ creativity, academic performance, motor skills, confidence, visual learning, decision-making, perseverance, focus, collaboration skills and accountability, etc.


Ballroom Dancing classes are offered to Grades 4 to 6s as an extramural activity. Dance sessions by Erin Musson (a professional dancer and choreographer) are offered as a ‘paid extra’ to allow our pupils to further explore their creativity. Dance is important for our pupils because it aids the development of kinesthetic intelligence, creates opportunities for self-expression, promotes higher-order thinking skills, enhances the quality of life, improves physical fitness, provides enjoyment and promotes respect for various cultures, etc.