At Ed-U College (Port Elizabeth) NPC our primary intention is the cultivation of well-rounded, balanced learners and students.
Our curriculum and focus includes a healthy balance between four disciplines in which learners can specialise, namely: Art, Dance, Drama and Music. At Ed-U College we believe this provides an ideal balance in learners’ academic paths.
We introduce ground rule (basic) training to our learners in a variety of methods. Learners are able to participate during a dedicated recreational lesson twice a week, where for an hour twice a week, learners are engaged in activities that are practical and tap in to their creative abilities.
In their GET phase (Grade 8 and 9), learners are able to choose two of the four art forms for the subject Creative Arts. Allowing them the freedom to choose what interests them the most, this contributes greatly towards a successful academic achievement.
In the learners FET phase (Grade 10 to 12), learners are able to choose between Dramatic Arts and Music as full time subjects. This allows learners to develop cognitive abilities that complement their academic abilities in other disciplines.
Our learners train throughout the year to perform at the prestigious Prize Giving event held by the school. Our learners are able to demonstrate and show off their skills at the Opera House in a professional setting and prepare themselves to be in front of an audience. This builds up self-confidence and provides parents and friends the opportunity of witnessing the magic unfold on stage.
Thus far, our Drama company, known as “Fifth Floor Theatre Company” has performed in a local competition, Stage Talent Festival, presented by Creative Noise Music and recording studio, where the learners received a Gold certificate with an overall average of 88% for their production called Goodbye.
Our Music department has had the honour of performing overseas with the CEO, Mrs. Lilian Niemann and had the honour of recording a CD.
Out choir in the Music Department have performed at many events:
- 1998 – 2000: Choir was awarded the Mayoral Floating Trophy for the Most Entertaining Choir in the Eastern Cape at the annual East Cape Youth Choir Festival.
- 2002: Choir performed at the IBM’s 75th Birthday Celebrations.
- 2002: Choir sang at the arrival of the Queen’s Jubilee Baton in the build up to the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games which was televised by the BBC and SABC.
- 2003: Invited and participated in the 32nd International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, and performed at the South African Embassy in Vienna.
- 2004: Echoes of Africa Jazz Band was named the official Nelson Mandela Metropole Jazz Band.
- 2006: Ed-U College Children’s Choir received second place at the Tirisano.
- 2007: Fifteen learners were accepted for the Eastern Cape Youth Choir.
- 2009: Concert Choir won the trophy for the Best Traditional Performance at the Choir of All Choirs Competition.
- 2014: Choir gave an impromptu performance for the Mayor of Port Elizabeth.
- 2014: Our Choir and African drummers performed at the opening of the proceedings for The Eastern Cape Book Fair.
- 2014: Our African Drummers performed at the opening of the Annual Rhino Run Charity Event.
- 2015: Our choir performed at the Beach Hotel to delegates of a workshop with the renowned entrepreneurial business guru Alex Glassey.
- 2016: Concert Choir participated in the annual ATKV and awarded a Silver Certificate.
- 2016: Concert Choir and Marimba Band performed at the Nelson Mandela University Book week.
- 2017: Concert Choir performed at a mayoral function in Port Elizabeth.
- 2018: Concert Choir Performed at a mayoral function in Port Elizabeth.
Out choir in the Music Department have performed at many events:
Learners have gone on to be successful in their musical careers and below are a list of just some of those who studied with us:
|1||Booi||Thembinkosi||1998||National Gospel and recording Artist|
|2||Calana||Kholekile||2001||Composer in Traditional music|
|3||Makaza||Luthando||2003||International Jazz musician and recording artist|
|4||Mambulwe||Sakhile||2003||Teacher for Military Marching Band (PE)|
|5||Mqiki||Asanda||2005||Composer of brass music|
In the Arts department, learners are encouraged to do two streams; written arts and visual arts; some of the achievements in this department are:
- 2014: The ECBF is an annual venture that takes place around September. Some of the students were invited to attend this event where they listened to forum discussions, met and listened to some published poets, and given the opportunity to recite some of their original poetry. Among the students who attended and performed were, Sabelo Bless, Khumbulani Bonani, Gcinani Plaatjies, Siphelo Plaatjies, Onwabile Sijadu, Sinesipho Mpahlele, Lutho Mpahlele, Oyama Makubalo, Lonwabo Hempe, Gracious Matukwa, Hlumisa Mgoli.
- 2015: The Education Department arranged a public speaking competition revolving around the State of Province Address of 2015. Students were given the task of reading and/or listening to the address and then come up with their own address that would be presented to a panel of judges of which our own Mr. Lagardien was a member. Students were entered into six different groups based on their choice of languages, i.e. English HL and FAL, Afrikaans HL and FAL and Xhosa HL and FAL. The students that took part were Onwabile Sijadu, Xhanti Ngcolomba, Gcinani Plaatjies. From the regional rounds held in Port Elizabeth, Xhanti Ngcolomba was chosen from the English FAL group to represent us at the Provincial round of the competition at Bisho. During this round of the competition, Xhanti had the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the Departmental Heads and Ministers.
- 2015: Eastern Cape Book Fair took place in September of 2015 and some of the students were invited to attend the event. The general public was invited to submit their original poems to be selected for the first Annual Book Fair Poetry Anthology. Five of our students’ poems were selected for publication in the Anthology. These students, among others, attended the event and were given the opportunity again to interact with published poets and authors. Students who had their work published include: Sabelo Bless, Khumbulani Bonani, Sinesipho Mpahele, Oyama Makubalu, Ishmael Moyo. BayTV and SABC were also at the event and some of the students that attended were interviewed respectively by each of these broadcasting agents. Students Interviewed: Sabelo Bless, Gcinani Plaatjies, Oyama Makubalu (BayTV). Andile Jali, Bulelani Masekana, Khumbulani Bonani (SABC). Other students to attend the event were Onwabile Sijadu, Priscilla Gouza, Hlumisa Mgoli, Gracious Mutukwa, Sibongile Davashe, Lutho Mpahlele.