A ‘United Nations Evening' is celebrated by each of the schools in October; national groups from our community produce a musical or dramatic item reflecting the culture of the country concerned. A large part of the excitement around the event is generated by the fact that the students are responsible for their own presentations. Each nationality also runs a food-stall selling food representative of its culinary tradition at the event.
Arts events at the College are divided into three seasons - one for each of the College terms. These seasons facilitate more opportunities for student involvement as events are spread out over the whole academic year. Across the College in any one year there are up to 20 drama productions, 15 concerts, three art exhibitions and a host of formal and informal performance events. Many of these involve the work of Upper School students. The quality of work on offer is extraordinary and is a testament to the talents and enthusiasm of the students.
There are a large number of extracurricular dramatic opportunities, and as a result opportunities for technical learning also abound. Aiming for the highest possible standards, all performers are encouraged to see themselves as part of a broader company - the United Arts Theatre. During the year, outside of production time, the Drama department offers workshops on Lighting and Sound, Stage Management, Improvisation and Physical Theatre. It is true to say that not a day passes without at least one drama activity taking place on Campus
Upper School students have a multitude of opportunities and venues to display their work throughout the school year. Locations around the campus allow the students' work to be on show, and in Term 2 Upper School students present their art in the High School Art Exhibition.
The Music Department coordinates a wide range of instrumental and vocal ensembles as well as providing facilities for all kinds of music making. Membership of the advanced ensembles, Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band is by audition or invitation. Students from all age groups can audition for the Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band. There are also intermediate level choirs and bands; Concert Band (intermediate wind band), Singers (non-auditioned choir for Grades 9-12), Camerata (intermediate string orchestra), Swingers (intermediate jazz band), Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and various other chamber ensembles.
All of the College's ensembles and choirs take part in ‘Arts Festival' performances and regular College concerts. The highlight has traditionally been a performance at the Victoria Concert Hall, while OPUS, the annual all-College event, has previously been held at Singapore's prestigious Esplanade Concert Hall.
The standards achieved by the students are a direct result of the College's extensive Instrumental Teaching Programme (ITP). Individual, pair and group lessons are offered in a comprehensive range of instruments. Instrument hire is also available through the College.