MaP is the home of Maitisong, the premier centre for performing arts in Botswana, attracting thousands to our campus every year.
Maitisong hosts the very best of Botswana’s entertainment year-round, including a number of student-led shows, the annual Maitisong Festival in April and the President’s Concert in November.
The Maru-a-Pula Music Department integrates theoretical and practical methods of teaching to inspire an appreciation for and applicable skill in music. The department provides an open, warm and friendly environment for students to explore their musical interests. Music is offered at the IGCSE level for senior students. In these classes, students are graded with continuous assessment and receive a cumulative mark. Additionally, the department also organizes a variety of musical performance groups and ensembles.
One of the most unique aspects of the MaP music department is its marimba program, which tours the United States every two years on alternating coasts. These award-winning tours allow the students to experience what it’s like to be a professional touring musician. Currently, the department is preparing for its July showcase, “Tutti and Soli,” an annual performance that showcases the diversity of MaP’s music program.
The Maru-a-Pula Drama Department is a vibrant community that synthesizes theory and real-life acting experience. The department offers lessons at the IGCSE level for Forms 1-5 that helps students explore their passion for acting. In addition to being an examinable subject, drama also has a special place in the school’s extracurricular life.
Senior students have the option of doing drama as an SPE activity. Examples of other activities that the department has organized are school productions, inter-house plays and a project with UNICEF on girl child rights. In August 2018, several teachers took a group of students to London to attend acting workshops, see theatre productions, and visit cultural sites.
The Maru-a-Pula Art Department offers classes for Forms 1-6 and teaches students the important skill of visual communication. Visual arts are an essential part of the educational program at MaP because it allows students to explore their own thoughts about subjects, serves as a source of cultural history, and provides a personalized idea of history.
In the past, the department has put on exhibits with neighbouring schools that expose students to the idea of exhibiting their work. The art department is also involved with painting murals and beautifying the school with students’ art creations.