Groundbreaking: The Visual and Performing Arts Building | The British School Manila

As we at The British School Manila celebrate our 40th Year as an international school serving the community of Manila, it seems very appropriate that we begin the development of our Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) building, the latest and possibly the last major addition to our facilities. This week we broke ground with a lovely ceremony led by some of our talented musicians and singers.  

The VPA building is the culmination of a number of years of planning and saving. It has been designed to provide the BSM community, and we hope the wider community, with a state-of-the-art facility where creativity can be nurtured and developed. The Visual and Performing Arts building contains purpose-built Art, Music, Dance and Drama spaces and a highly flexible performance space/auditorium. Altogether it will allow creativity to be explored through a multitude of experiences.

Over the past 40 years we have endeavoured to provide not only a world-class international education for expatriates residing in Manila as well as many local students, but also to establish partnerships with groups throughout the Philippines. We view this new building as key to enhancing learning and enriching the experiences of our students in the arts. We also hope to further explore and develop our relationships with local groups and individuals, which in turn will make this experience richer. We hope and that this building will provide opportunities and potentially a home for artists and performers for years to come.

When the building is complete, we will realise the positive impact on learning at BSM and broaden opportunities in the areas of Art, Music and Drama. At this time, we cannot predict of the limit of the Visual and Performing Arts building’s potential. However, if existing facilities are anything to go by, we believe that we will all be very well served.


Simon Mann

Head of School