This week has been ‘Drama Week’ and the school has played host to visiting specialists as well as running several competitions and other initiatives to increase children’s dramatic skills and interests.
On Monday and Tuesday, Splats Circus Workshops were run for every child from Nursery right through to Year 6. The school halls were filled with laughter as children had a whale of a time trying their hand at plate spinning, stilt-walking, peacock-feather dancing, juggling and more! Parents even got to join in at the Lower School with a family Circus Skills Workshop at the end of the day. Meanwhile, the Year 6 classes spent the day acting their socks off at the Globe Theatre in London.
Younger children were encouraged to design and make a puppet for the Puppet Competition and Show and there were some amazingly creative designs. It proved impossible to pick a winner from the enthusiastic participants and in the end every entrant was awarded a small prize.
Every class from Nursery up to Year 3 also took part in special dramatic ‘Myths and Legends’ Perform Drama Workshops on Wednesday morning, honing their improvisation skills and learning new dramatic techniques. Wednesday afternoon saw the finals of the school’s Acting Competition, in which pupils could compete by learning monologues or duologues to perform to their peers and teachers. 50 children took part in this competition and performed their pieces to a very high standard indeed, speaking confidently, remembering lines perfectly, and projecting their voices superbly. The performances were judged by a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style panel of teachers and the winning performers from each year group were awarded an Oscar at a special ceremony.
Thursday was a very exciting day for all as EVERY lesson throughout the school was taught through the use of drama. This gave pupils the chance to see different members of staff employing dramatic techniques and approaching subjects in a totally different way to usual. The winner of the Upper School’s playwright competition was also announced; pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 had been tasked with writing a play with no fewer than three scenes and the standard of entries was extremely impressive. The joint winners were Emily Hannis with her mystery ‘The case of the missing trophies’ and Sahar Mulji with her thriller ‘Who poisoned Mr. Crehan?’. Both girls will see their plays made into movies, starring pupils from St. Helen’s College. The awards were presented by film director Matthew Wortman.