Student Life

The arts are a critical part of a well-rounded education in the modern world. At Stratford Hall, our students are exposed to a variety of arts instruction in PYP, MYP and DP.

Art stimulates young imaginations, challenges perceptions and develops creative and analytical skills. Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view. They challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetics in a real world context.

The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression commination and understanding. They range from traditional forms embedded in local and wider communities, societies and cultures, to the varied and divergent practices associated with new, emerging and contemporary forms of visual language.

Music Instruction

  • Music 3x per week in PYP

  • Focus on music and movement – the Orff philosophy is used to teach students

  • Taiko drumming introduced in MYP

Visual Art Instruction

  • Visual art instruction incorporated into units of inquiry in PYP, supported by the expertise of the Visual Arts Learning Specialist

  • Visual arts elective introduce in MYP

  • Visual art offered as a Diploma Programme course. The visual art course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is thought provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem solving and divergent thinking while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition  to exploring and comparing visual arts form, from different perspectives and different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as house are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.


Theatre & Circus Instruction

  • Co-curricular theatre clubs offered in PYP

  • Theatre is actively used in PYP Spanish instruction

  • Theatre offered as an elective course in MYP

  • Circus offered as an elective course in MYP