Mrs Heywood's Words Lent 10
The Claires Court Charity Week saw a buzz of excitement and creativity in the school as our pupils put on a variety of special events to raise funds for our local and global charities.
Most of our break and lunchtimes this week has been taken up with frantic activity for Charity Week. We have been taking part in summer fete like challenges, consuming waffles, over indulging in cake and sweets, disco dancing, enjoying baby photos, signing karaoke and so much more! The week should have culminated in our Inter-House music competition - always a keenly contested and enlivening occasion. We have temporarily postponed this until further notice.
Last week the U16 Netball squad clinched a hard-fought win in the finals of the ISA National Netball Championships and on Friday the U13 Squad achieved a credible bronze position at the Ruby School.
Our Year 11 GCSE Drama pupils performed their scripted performances to the moderator as part of their GCSE Drama. 'Shakers' by John Godber was performed by Felicity, Rebecca and Issy. 'Shakers' gives a wickedly funny glimpse of this world as seen through the eyes of the four long-suffering waitresses, offering a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and the pina coladas. The girls took on multiple roles throughout the whole piece with timing and cues a major part of their interpretation. Setting the stage around a circular bar that transformed as the girls changed quickly on stage fully presented the atmosphere of the play.
'Di and Viv and Rose' by Amelia Bullmore was performed by Hannah S and Holly. Crackling with wisdom and wit, Amelia Bullmore's play is a humorous and thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life and life's impact on friendship. There is a mixture of warmth, humour and sadness in the writing that is very special indeed. But this is also a play that cuts deeply and asks the hard questions about the nature of kindness and the way friendship can decay just like everything else.
Holly and Hannah developed key characteristics for these mature roles, through strong rehearsal preparation and research. With only two actors performing in this piece, there was never a dull moment, as commitment and passion seeped through to its audience. The girls owned the stage and produced a remarkable piece of theatre. As the story unfolded the character's dreams and aspirations were clearly demonstrated in the acting skills displayed by the girls, demonstrating effective professionalism.
Many congratulations to all the girls who left knowing they couldn't have done anymore.
Year 7 have been busy over the last couple of weeks making and decorating their Mother’s Day cakes, we hope you enjoy them!
As I end this weekly words and the school closes for most pupils, keep safe and I look forward to catching up with you all in person on our return to school whenever that maybe! Next week I will share with you important reminders and our final assembly photos with Year 11 and the rest of the school.