It is an astonishingly high achieving collaboration that can transform lives through the inspiration that it offers. However, what if you are not destined for violin greatness, or not interested in being an actor, what is the benefit of our work with Juilliard? For me it is simply: confidence.
Every person will find themselves performing at some point. Whether presenting to a prospective university or employer, or pitching an idea to a customer, or selling a vision to a team, all of our students will need to have the confidence to perform at numerous points in their lives. Our program of performing arts, based on our collaboration with Juilliard gives the children an unprecedented opportunity to develop just such a confidence.
The end of the academic year gives ample opportunity to see this in action. From the self-composed orchestral pieces performed so wonderfully by our orchestra, to the spell binding jazz quintet singing and playing with such great joie de vivre. From the multitude of ABRSM music certificates recently awarded including numerous Grade 8s in Secondary school and even some astounding Grade 6s in Primary school, to the significant success in the international High School Team Maths competition in Suzhou. From the Wizard of Oz performance to the in-school workshops with the cast of Wicked. All of these events and successes require our students to be confident performers, something which the Juilliard collaboration supports significantly.
International research tells us very clearly, but is supported in any case by our own everyday experience, that one of the most important keys to the successful achievement of ambitious standards is self-belief. One of the surest ways of nurturing this sort of self-belief is the incremental increase in confidence that comes from a successful performance. So, however your child has succeeded this week, term or year, enjoy celebrating their performance with them and watch their confidence (and success) grow.
Dr Neil Hopkin, Principal