Published on: 11 October 2013

The Preparatory School welcomed parents, grandparents, special friends and prospective families during the Week of the Arts last week. The week-long event, which celebrates the boys’ artistic and musical endeavours, also included the Prep School’s second annual House Shout competition.

The annual celebration began with the opening of the Week of the Arts, this year held on Sunday afternoon in the Chapel Forecourt. Acting Director of Pastoral Care, Planning and Co-Curricular Maria Hodges said guests were treated to a variety of music from the Junior and Senior Choirs, the Yahoos and the Prep Concert Band.

“The musicians led the way out of the Chapel – singing and playing their instruments up to the library where the Prep Art Exhibition was on display,” Mrs Hodges said. “The guests could take their time looking at the artwork on, followed by afternoon tea served in the Undercroft. It was an amazing afternoon!”

On Thursday, it was Stirling House with its rendition of the classicAin’t No Mountain High Enough, who took out this year’s 60’s-inspired Prep School House Shout. Boys from Pre-Primary to Year 6 formed huge choirs to present this year’s songs, which included Giles with Shake Your Tail Feather in second place and Dale performing I Got You (I Feel Good) and Forrest with Oh Happy Day, in a tie for third place.

On Friday, hundreds of proud grandparents and ‘grandfriends’ gathered in the Chapel in another celebration of the boys’ music and visual arts offerings. After, the boys led their special guests to their classrooms to show them classwork as well as artwork in the library.

With the sun shining, the boys then ushered their grandparents and friends back to the Chapel Forecourt where they enjoyed tea and coffee, sandwiches and cake. As the boys returned to class, the grandparents reconnected with old friends, made new ones and shared stories – all with a common purpose of admiring the boys.