Open Day at the National School of the Arts

On Saturday, 25 February 2023, the National School of the Arts (NSA) will proudly open its doors to prospective learners and parents from 08:30 – 13:30.

Classified by the Gauteng Department of Education as a School of Specialisation in Performing and Creative Arts, the NSA has a history of artistic and academic excellence spanning more than 50 years.

“We look forward to engaging with prospective parents and learners. We are immensely proud of NSA and enjoy sharing our unique school with our open-day visitors,” said Mrs Salome Gaelesiwe, Principal of the NSA. “On Open Day, we offer an authentic window to the world of NSA with a full programme of rehearsals and exhibitions throughout the day. Our educators, school management and members of the SGB will be available to answer questions about all aspects of the school, from curriculum to auditions to the online application process and school fees,” concluded Gaelesiwe.

There will be no shortage of activities at the NSA Open Day. Visitors will see the dance learners in a warm-up for “Dance Celebration – Behind the Mask”, – the Grade 11 and 12 Choreographic showcase, which is in performance from the 24 – 25 February in The Lesedi at Joburg Theatre. The NSA’s burgeoning triple threat performers will be in the final stages of rehearsal for the highly anticipated new musical “Sho’t Left Broadway,” which takes to the Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre from 10 – 12 March. This exciting production is under the creative eye of NSA artist-in-residence Lesego van Niekerk. The MUSIC department will reverberate with choir, band, and smaller ensemble rehearsals. Visitors may catch a glimpse of Gloria Bosman and Mpumi Dhlamini, the music department’s Artists-in-residence, working with the learners. The ART department will also showcase its top work in an exhibition. Visitors will also see the early stages of KEYNOTE, an exciting installation from Usha Seejarim, also an artist in residence, using an old piano. The NSA’s exciting Artist in Residence programme is funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa and the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme. The Drama Dept will be busy with rehearsals for the Original Works Festival – an exciting showcase of new work. At the NSA, academics and the arts share the spotlight, which means that the academic departments will also be ready to engage – showing why the NSA remains one of the top-performing academic schools in the district, boasting 143 Distinctions, 83% Bachelor passes and a 97% pass rate from the Class of 2022.

Prospective learners must be capable academically and pass an audition in either Art, Dance, Drama or Music to gain admission to the NSA. The consistently impressive matric results and the achievements of the NSA alums bear testament to the quality education offered by the school. The NSA matriculants step well prepared into tertiary institutions where they continue to make their mark in fields as diverse as actuarial science, astrophysics, medicine, engineering, architecture and the arts!

The RCL leaders and current learners will host the Open Day visitors taking them on school and hostel tours while sharing their insight on what it is like to be a learner at South Africa’s Leading Art School. The NSA offers boarding, which sees learners from all over the country choosing the NSA for their high school journey.

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. At the forefront of specialised education, the National School of the Arts expands the academic and artistic horizons of creatively gifted learners by providing the teaching and learning environment that will advance them professionally and academically.

Visit our Open Day on 25 February between 08:30 and 13:30. Interested learners and parents should also visit www.artschool.co.za for more information on the school and the required auditions process for admission to the National School of the Arts.

The National School of the Arts – Realising Dreams through Excellence in Arts and Academics.

For more information, please contact: pro@artschool.co.za

or call 011 339 6539.

Issued by: Brenda Sakellarides

Artistic Director

The National School of the Arts



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