High School Culture
This learning area is constantly evolving at our school and builds upon a proud tradition. All the Arts – Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Arts – are included in the curriculum, and are also offered as co-curricular activities.
An annual Heritage Day celebration is held to celebrate the diverse cultures of our school and our country, with song and dance performances, exciting sport matches, music, enjoyment of traditional food and great participation from our school community.
Our Marimba and Steel Drum Bands are well known and have become very popular. Between our Junior School and High School Bands, they have had the honour of playing at a number of events, including: The Witness’s 170th Birthday Celebration, six Comrades Marathons, The Garden Show Prize-Giving, The Opening Eucharist of the Diocesan Synod, and Music Under the Stars at Liberty Midlands Mall.
Our children have a deep passion for singing and this is evident in our two incredible choirs. Both our Junior and Senior Choirs perform in the annual Cordwalles Choir Evening.
St Nicholas also participates in the Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival which is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Our Steel Drum Band performed beautifully at the official opening of the Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium in Durban in 2009 and were winners of the KZN Steel Drum Championships for five years in a row.
Our dancers perform annually in ‘Funk’, which is an integrated school production. The learners work together creating wonderful, dramatic dance pieces which are performed for the public at the Hexagon Theatre. “Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another.” – Unknown.
Visual Arts is a fast-growing subject at St Nicholas. The learners display immense creativity and talent in the subject, both academically and as an extra mural. Our Grade 12 Exhibition is always greatly impactful and impresses the markers as well as the public. Our learners also participate in the KZN Museum Exhibitions. The Tatham Art Gallery recognises St Nicholas’s artworks and selected pieces are on display at the Gallery.
Visual Arts is also offered as an extra-mural at St Nicholas, in the form of the The Art Club. Learners who do not take the subject academically are still encouraged to participate and show their creativity. The Art Club has been a huge success as learners have produced amazing works which are normally used for the school magazine cover each year. The Art Club also creates murals around the school to portray our school values and express our Christian ethos. Visual Arts is enjoyed by learners as it assists them to express their individuality, creativity and skill.
Another highlight of our cultural calendar is when we have other schools join us for our annual isiZulu Poetry Evening. We celebrate and promote the love of poetry and the Zulu language amongst school learners in areas of writing, speaking and presenting.