Arts & Sport In the Community
JAGS is a vibrant hub for sport, art, music, dance and drama activities for local people of all ages beyond school hours and in the holidays. As well as the wide range of sports activities on offer at JAGS Sports Club, there are courses and groups to join for those interested in music and drama. Find out what's on offer below.
Read about JAGS Community Action programme.
The Community Sports Leader Award is a nationally recognised qualification enabling people over 16 to assist in sporting and recreational activities throughout the community.
The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of dance. It is a fun and practical qualification with no entrance requirements or final examinations to sit.The course encourages participants to take responsibility for others, to develop organisational and communication skills and above all to increase self-confidence.
CSLA is offered to Year 12 as a PE option. Part of the course involves them spending time in our local primary schools teaching young pupils sport and games. The course also requires them to organize competitions and throughout the year local primary and secondary schools are invited to JAGS to compete in a variety of sporting activities. The pupils are responsible for all the organization and the running of the competitions on the day of the event. They are also required to officiate at a sporting event and at various times of the year they assist in running school swimming galas. Those who achieve the award have demonstrated the very qualities community youth organisations look for.
JAGS girls are currently working with pupils from:
- St Anthony School (State Primary)
- Goose Green School (State Primary)
- Dulwich Hamlet (State Primary)
- Rye Oak (State Primary)
- Horniman (State Primary)
- Rosendale (State Primary)
- DUCKS (Independent Pre-Prep)
- Oakfield (Independent Prep)
- Rosemead (Independent Prep)
Similarly, the Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead small groups in simple dance activities, whilst under the direct supervision of their Tutor/Assessor . Y12 plan, lead and review a dance activity, work on the relationship between music and dance, use a stimulus to create a dance piece, lead activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, explore opportunities in dance and develop leadership skills. Finally they complete one hour of demonstrating dance leadership in a community setting.
James Allen’s Girls’ School Choral Society was founded in 1987 and is a choir of around 70 voices – parents, staff, former pupils and local people – which meets weekly during term-time to rehearse the well-known, and sometimes new or unusual, works of the choral repertoire. Originally the idea was to provide tenor and bass parts for the school choirs, but the Choral Society has developed a vigorous life of its own gives three concerts each year with orchestra including singing in exciting venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral and St John’s Smith Square, Blackheath and Cadogan Hall.
New voices are always welcome - previous experience of singing in choirs is not necessary and no audition is required. Emphasis is on enjoying making good music. Membership is open to everyone, irrespective of connections with JAGS or JAPS. For more information visit the Choral Society website.
- Musical Director – Peter Gritton
- Accompanist – John Flinders
JAGS becomes a focus of community creative activity on Saturdays. It is wonderful to see pupils from far and wide across South East London regularly attending classes in dance, drama and music on Saturdays during term time.
With over 40 specialist teachers the range of classes is broad from classical instruments to jazz, graded theory to choir, contemporary dance to infant drama; there is a class for everyone at Jasspa!
JASSPA enjoys large numbers of senior pupils in Dance and Drama - upwards of 150 students working with six different directors. Their end of year shows are a triumph, showing the breadth of study that is achievable in a weekly hour long class.
Junior activities also flourish and it's a delight to watch every class perform their end of year piece in either the Holst Hall or the Prissian Theatre – two amazing platforms for such young performers to present their work.
Parents needn't feel left out. They are welcome to take instrumental tuition either starting something new or revisiting an instrument studied in childhood. For more advanced players there is the opportunity to join Jim Howard’s Jazz band – a parent and pupil jazz band who perform three times a year.
James Allen’s Community Orchestra – alias JACO – is an eclectic mix of ex-pupils, current and former members of staff, as well as local professional and non-professional musicians. It also gives senior JAGS girls the opportunity to play even more advanced repertoire than they already do at school.
JACO is a true community collaboration. It has a long-established relationship with the local charity Dulwich Helpline and raises funds for the Helpline at concerts.
If you would like to be involved with the orchestra in any way, please call 020 8613 6436.
South London Youth Orchestra is an orchestral experience designed to nurture and train young musicians to be inspired orchestral players, encouraging them to perform to their highest abilities.
SLYO is not one orchestra but a family of four orchestras each offering vision, ambition and excellence. At the heart of our organisation are professional conductors, outstanding tuition from the best musicians in the profession and fine repertoire. Serving the diverse and wide communities of South London our collaborating orchestras work with beginners to advanced students aged 7-20.
SLYO has over 200 members including those in our flourishing first orchestra for advanced musicians. SLYO runs three times a year – during the Summer, Christmas and Easter holidays. Rehearsals and concerts currently take place in The Holst Hall, JAGS Music School and JAPS Hall but in the future SLYO will take place in the James Allen's Community Music Centre, all in Dulwich SE22. New members are always welcome!
Fourth Orchestra combines general musicianship, good technique and fun repertoire for Grade 1-2 violins and cellos.
Third Orchestra continues this journey whilst introducing more challenging repertoire and developing ensemble skills for Grade 3-5 violins, cellos and double basses.
Musicians in the First and Second Orchestras are lead through the vast classic and film orchestral repertoire. All courses culminate in inspired final performances and are for full symphony orchestra. Strings, wind, brass and percussion of Grade 6-Diploma level are welcome to apply.
With SLYO you can expect life-long friendships, leadership, tours, artistic collaboration with an underlying aim to bring a fresh musical experience to the heart of South London.