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Festive Performances – Enjoyment AND Learning

08 December 2016

As we draw towards the end of the school year, the calendar is full of wonderful events which showcase our children’s talents in the creative and performing arts.

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This week’s Key Stage 3 production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (with a twist of the Muppets) was a pleasure to watch and a really delightful evening of festive cheer. The Early Years Cubs looked super cute and had their parents in tears of joy and amusement as they performed their Christmas Nativities and sang their festive songs. (A highlight being when Joseph absent mindedly wandered off leaving Mary to hold the baby!) The choirs and rock bands performed well at the Christmas Fair and we eagerly await the musical talents of our students at the Winter Concert next week. Productions and performances like these are a fantastic way to allow dedicated groups of students and staff to come together and create something very special for the school community to enjoy.

There is so much learning, enjoyment and confidence gained throughout the rehearsal process, the final performances, and the sharing with an audience. Drama Productions provide a great platform for the cast and crew to learn lots of new skills and further develop existing skills across a wide range of disciplines within the performing arts; acting, singing, playing music, stage design, stage management, light and sound. Performing Arts are also a great vehicle to help the social and personal development of young people. The skills developed through theatre not only train children how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence needed to take command of the stage. Children – shy and seasoned performers – have the opportunity to practise stepping out of their comfort zone. The creative process allows them to make mistakes and because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.

Most arts disciplines are also collaborative in nature and so through the arts, children practise working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theatre or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. When children practise creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people and they learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.

The children involved in each of these festive performances have also shown great dedication and perseverance. They have been practising hard over the last weeks and months, making the commitment to turn up for rehearsals and putting effort into the success of the final performances. The children have clearly had a lot of fun and should feel proud of what they collectively have created. A reward for their dedication must be the warm feeling of the audience’s enthusiastic applause and the broad smiles on the faces of each and every member of the audience.

Thank you so much to all our talented and hardworking students and the staff and parents that support them. It is great to be ending this first school term with such happy and positive community celebrations.

Niki Meehan, Vice Principal