The Theatre of Digital Arts (TODA) in Madinat Jumeirah celebrates students’ creative thinking in thought-provoking visual arts, music, and performing arts. Repton Al Barsha is part of the acclaimed Repton Family of Schools in the UAE.
The 20-minute digital art presentation, ‘Individual Identity, Collective Identity, and School Life,’ explored the creativity of Repton Al Barsha’s aspiring young artists from Year 1 to Year 9. Students were able to display their artworks in the public arena through observational drawings, school-life representations in the form of self-portraits, musical contributions, and poetry recitations. Repton Al Barshaas was the first UAE school to conduct a digital art exhibition at TODA, according to the unique art exhibition.
The Repton Family of Schools in the UAE has long been a proponent of empowering children’s educational opportunities, having previously partnered with Dubai Cares to give students simple access to quality education, raising over AED 370,000 to construct three schools in Senegal, Africa.
Repton Al Barsha will follow in the footsteps of its sister school, contributing all revenues from the event, totaling AED 9,000 / NPR 293,928, to a great effort called ‘Adopt ASchool’, which is run in conjunction with Dubai Cares. The funding will be used by the Barsha campus to extend the power of education in Nepal by establishing and renovating schools.
To consistently improve student learning experiences, Repton Al Barsha incorporates innovation into its teaching approaches. The exhibition of its students’ artistic achievements fits in perfectly with TODA’s goals: as the UAE’s first digital walk-through art space, it uses immersive and breathtaking digital shows accompanied by classical art, stunning music, visual effects, and surround sound to highlight contemporary and modern art forms.
“At Repton Al Barsha, our comprehensive and inclusive curriculum focuses on boosting students’ talents in languages, academics, athletics, culture, creative arts, and more; growing the complete child,” explains Zoe Woolley, Headmistress.
“To prepare students for success in a forward-thinking environment, the Reptonian vision mixes digital agency with academia and creative arts. We are delighted with the exhibition’s tremendous success, with parents and guests praising the students’ outstanding creative outputs.”
To portray their individual identities and their collective identity as Repton Al Barsha, Reptonians sought inspiration from world-renowned contemporary artists. Year 4 students used observational drawings to create still-life images of school life at the Al Barsha campus, using color patterns by modern Canadian artists such as Sandra Silberzweig. Year 5 students created stunning self-portraits based on the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who is known for her self-portraits and works influenced by nature.
Year 6 Reptonians investigated the works of surrealist artist René Magritte, giving artistic interpretations a surreal twist. Year 7 students created artworks that included current pop-art styles and methods, as well as images from popular culture, to create digital collages of their modern-day inspirations.
Following the school’s recent rebranding from Foremarke School to Repton Al Barsha, approximately 300 Repton Al Barsha community members, including parents and students, attended the’We Are Repton Al Barsha’ art exhibition, coming together as a community to celebrate student achievements and support in the development of Nepal’s education system.