Cultural activities are an integral part of our academic programme. Art, music and drama lessons are offered during school time.
There is a vibrant Music Department at Holy Cross offering practical and theory tuition in piano, recorder, violin, guitar and singing. Group activities include Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Instrumental Ensemble.
Highlights on the music calendar for our music pupils are the annual George Eisteddfod, Mossel Bay Eisteddfod, Tygerberg Eisteddfod and Young Musicians Competition. We are always well represented at the Gala Evenings of these events and Holy Cross has had several trophy winners in the past. During 2016 Steven Kapp won the trophy for the Best Instrumentalist in the Junior section of the George Eisteddfod. Ludolph Pedro won trophies for 1st place in the Junior section and Best Pianist overall at the Young Musicians Competition. The school’s Vocal Ensemble won trophies for 2nd place in the Junior section and Best Junior Ensemble at the same event. Both Steven Kapp and Ludolph Pedro won trophies at the Tygerberg International Eisteddfod.
Music pupils are evaluated internally twice a year. In addition, talented and hard-working pupils are trained and entered for external examinations such as UNISA and ABRSM. Every year we have a consistent amount of pupils achieving Roll of Honour at UNISA (90% and higher for practical examinations, 95% and higher for theory examinations Pre-grade 1 to Grade 2, 90% and higher for theory Grade 3.) Ludolph Pedro has won the Hennie Joubert merit award for being one of the two top candidates in the country in the particular grade examination for 3 years.
Our choirs and Vocal Ensemble take part in the Music Montage and Outeniqua Choir Festival each year, achieving excellent results. During the course of this year the Senior Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Instrumental Ensemble will also take part in our school concert.
There is plenty opportunity at school for our music pupils and groups to perform, e.g. Assembly, Mass, Prize-Giving, Carol Service and the music concert series at the end of the year which is always tremendously enjoyed by parents, friends and music lovers.
Should you have any queries regarding music, please contact Mrs. M. Venter (Head of the Music Department) via the Front Office.
Our learners participate annually in the George Eisteddfod. We enter in the following categories: speech choir, reading, poetry, prose, dramatized prose and group projects.
In 2017 Holy Cross started an exciting new Performing Arts club, where we focus mainly on developing drama and performance skills. This club is currently only for the grade 4 – 7 learners.
The school presents a school production every three years where each child gets the opportunity to participate. The senior and junior phase take turns in staging these productions.