On Monday 20th June, countries in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate the Summer Solstice, the day that marks Midsummer. In 2016, millions of people around the world have been celebrating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare by performing his most loved pieces. This week, BVIS students celebrated these momentous events with a production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – a tale of mayhem, magic and mischief amidst a forest not far from Athens. Every single Year 7 student performed in the play, each of them delivering their lines in Shakespearean language; no mean feat for second language learners! English classes leading up to the performance were buzzing to the beat of fairy wings and Ms Donnelly, Ms Claydon and myself were blown away by the dedication and determination with which Year 7 approached this challenge. A theatre packed with older students would have terrified lesser performers, but our Year 7 students were confident, funny and assured. In short, they absolutely smashed it. The Titanias, Oberons and Pucks bewitched with their powerful performances, the Mechanicals had the audience giggling to the wiggle of Bottom’s behind, and the Fairies delighted with their own brand of magic. Each member of Year 7 contributed in making this a fabulous performance and they should be incredibly proud of what they achieved. Next year – Hamlet. Finally, I would like to extend my personal thanks to Ms Amber Claydon for being the chief director and motivator throughout rehearsals, to Han (Y13) for her work helping us prepare and to Ms Emily Lavender for her support with the staging.