We instil appreciation and satisfaction for cultural activities in our students, which they can enjoy for a lifetime. Deeply linked to the desire for knowledge, passion for the arts fosters skills and competencies of great value in their stage of growth and maturity.
We have an ambitious programme to promote reading that opens up a world of possibilities for our students, who research and enjoy it, each one in their own way and at their own pace.
As a result of this more interactive and free relationship with reading, in the last four years alone, the number of book loans has increased 70%, with the youngest children checking out the most books.
In parallel, the bibliographic collection has grown, which makes up the largest school library in Spain, with the best old collection in its category, which is one of the main ones in Seville. In the library, students can find everything from classic books to the latest publications in different languages.
In our School, the arts play an important role, including curricular subjects such as Visual Arts and Design.
Students who wish to do so can extend their education with electives such as Drama Club in English, History of Greece and Rome through Cinema, History of Cinema, Theatre, Painting, Drawing and Painting in English, Speech as a Public Speaking Resource, Photography in English, and Modelling in Clay/Ceramics in English.
In addition, Theatre and Sevillanas dance are offered as extracurricular activities.
Special attention to music
As shown by the latest research, practising an instrument and musical instruction promote psychomotor coordination, creativity, imagination, flexibility, and inventiveness; they also stimulate determination, perseverance, the value of teamwork, and responsibility.
Instrumental Diversification Programme (included during school hours)
In weekly classes, all our pre-school students start practising the violin, the viola, or the cello in small groups.
Later, some students diversify to another orchestral instrument which is assigned by the specialist teaching staff based on the student’s skills. We want every student to find the instrument that they feel the most comfortable with and that gives them the most satisfaction, always favouring the enjoyment and appreciation of the value of music in their lives.
Students accumulate more than 160 hours of practical instrumental classes by Year 6 (to which those of individual and group study must be added), being able to reach a level comparable to Year 4 of elementary conservatory education.
Students who wish may continue with instrumental practice until Year 10, accumulating in that case more than 260 hours of practical musical classes and being able to reach a level comparable to Year 2 or Year 3 of professional conservatory education.
The School gives families the instruments assigned to their children for the entire academic year, thus facilitating learning at home and avoiding moving them around.
Music Integration Plan (voluntary and mostly during school hours)
Designed for those students who want to achieve a high musical level, it enables students to reach the level comparable to the entrance exams of the superior conservatory at the age of sixteen. This is achieved by optimising the number of hours of music class required, both by individually practicing an instrument and by studying the content further.
This is a high-performance programme that is an alternative to our usual curriculum, but integrates most of the practice hours into the regular class schedule and establishes the School itself as the only centre of study.
Special music classroom
This allows students to further study a musical instrument from the age of three, on an extracurricular basis, with teaching staff linked to the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville.
The music programme students, together with musicians from different conservatories and music schools in Seville, form the Sinfonietta which participates in national and international events, as well as offering its own concerts.
Visits, concerts, and festivals
The School collaborates with cultural entities, such as the Maestranza Theatre and the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville. Within this framework, both attendance at general rehearsals and didactic concerts are contemplated, as well as active participation in the development of didactic-musical projects that promote the students’ preparatory learning.
Also, a project has been launched through which conductors and soloists are invited to events with students, to share their artistic experience and the different creative processes, bringing music’s professional reality closer and inspiring students for the future.