It has been a real to see our school community reemerging in school; the sound of children’s voices once again echoing around the place is appreciated more than ever; something once, perhaps, taken for granted.
As the school term progresses, I am keen that the children engage in as much practical performing arts work as possible, and as you will already know, a big focus for the school this term will be the Junior production of The Lion King. Ms Kendal, our super dance teacher, has been in to get the children participating in movement individually, and as an ensemble, whilst I have been trying to facilitate the learning of African words which feature throughout the production! Excitedly we are making the show into a film, meaning each class can be rehearsed spaced out in our school hall, but recorded in pairs, and then mixed together. We also have a few places we will be filming on location, including a ‘ Brabyns Pride Rock’! Making a film and using things like the green screen and recording studio will give the children a wealth of great opportunities.
I am impressed with how quickly the children have adopted to working as a team again. Concerns for the arts in general include the lack of in person ensemble work; something which I thought would need a lot of work with the children when coming back to school, to facilitate their confidence to achieve as a group. While this will take a chunk of time, that chunk isn’t nearly as big as once thought. I’m very optimistic about some great performance opportunities for the children over the next five months or so.