There is also a visual component to these performances. World Kindness Day was an occasion to celebrate in Performing Arts, with children undertaking to learn Makaton signs and gestures to accompany their singing. Learning hand or body actions with songs has long been a part of music at BSB, helping as it does with memorisation of lyrics. Makaton, being a coherent system that provides a visual representation of language (and, moreover, one with which many BSB students will be familiar from their time in Early Years), helps to promote understanding and communication of ideas, as well as language and literacy. Better communication and understanding between people is undoubtedly something the world needs right now – so here’s to our BSB students in the hope that they, as tomorrow’s world leaders, can make that happen.
By Matthew Champness
Head of Performing Arts