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On Saturday 24 February the National School of the Arts, SA’s leading arts school, will open its doors to prospective new learners and parents.
Parents of creatively gifted children will be able to see just why the NSA is South Africa’s leading art school. Between 8:30 and 1:30 interested pupils and parents will be taken on a tour of the school hosted by current learners who will share their insight on what life at South Africa’s leading art school is all about.
“It is a perfect opportunity to experience the atmosphere of our awesome school while engaging with the educators about curriculum and finding clarity on the registration process which includes managing the on-line application,” said Mr Gary Natali who was officially appointed as Principal of the NSA in September 2017. The disciplines of Art, Dance, Drama and Music are the four gates of admission to the National School of the Arts. Learners wanting to attend the school are required to undergo an audition in their chosen field of the arts. The quality of their audition and a track record of good academic performance are the criteria upon which admission is granted.
The educators, school management and members of the school governing body will be available to answer questions about the school from curriculum to school fees.
There will be no shortage of activities at the NSA on Open Day. Visitors will have a window onto a truly authentic art school experience as the learners and directors put the final shine on productions for The NSA Festival of the Arts, the school’s annual showcase event which runs from 7 to 11 March at the NSA and Joburg Theatre. Productions in rehearsal on Open Day include THE WIZ, Macbeth and I Love Jozi. The dance department will be in rehearsal in the school hall from 8:30-11:00.
The National School of the Arts (NSA) is classified as a School of Specialisation in Performing and Creative Arts and is regarded as one of the top academic high schools in Gauteng. Not only did the Class of 2017 deliver exceptional matric results with a 73% Bachelor Pass and 100 distinctions across the class, but their achievements ensured that the NSA was awarded the distinction of being the Best Performing Public School in the Department of Education’s District 11.
This follows previous years of similar awards as well as being ranked in the country’s Top 25 government schools, the Top 100 South African Schools which includes all private and government schools and the Top 10 Most Innovative Schools in South Africa.
NSA lays creative foundations that stimulate curiosity and inspire excellence to enable its learners to go out and shape the world in whatever their chosen career path.
“The National School of the Arts continues to forge its way forward as South Africa’s leading institution offering high school learners an arts-focused and arts-oriented education,” said Ismail Mohamed of the Market Theatre, “it has an excellent track record for academic excellence,” he concluded.
The school has an impressive alumni body who have gone on to excel not only in the arts and the creative industries but also in fields as diverse as medical science, environment, civil society and business. Household and industry names such as Charlize Theron, Marc Bouwer, Jeannie Dee, Dada Masila, Rui Alves, Thulu Sindi , Lorna Maseko, Helena Vogelzang, Kai Lossgott and Frederico Freschi) and, in the sciences, Ms Rhian Touyz, currently Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow and British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine. Many of our art department learners pursue careers in the built environment, from architecture to urban planning, e.g. Prof Frederico Freschi, Executive Dean of UJ’s Art, Design & Architecture faculty.
The NSA is extremely proud to have played an important role in developing these individuals to reach their full potential.
The Open Day provides a perfect opportunity to discover all you need to know about SA’s leading school of the arts – a place where academics and arts share the spotlight and where dreams are realised through excellence in arts and academics.
Notes to the Editor:
National School of the Arts
Saturday February 24, 2018
08:30 – 13:30
17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein
Enquiries for auditions and admissions: 011 339 6539
Brenda Sakellarides: 082 600 6739