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30 June 2017

An eclectic Arts' Week

After a year of intensive planning and organisation, the sun came out with a vengeance as the 2017, globally themed, King’s Hall School Arts’ Week finally arrived, and what an incredible week we had!

Monday 19th June

Recently described by ‘The Times’ as ‘The new master of books for children’, Piers Torday came to talk to Years 5 and 6, who have all been avidly reading his thrilling ‘Wild’ adventure series. Year 5 and 6 Kingston St Mary Primary School children joined King’s Hall pupils for Piers’ insightful talk. The children heard about how many times authors need to change original versions of stories and that nobody should be afraid to make mistakes in their writing.

Tuesday 20th June

Years 3 to 6 had great fun taking part in African dance workshops with Louis from the Cameroon. The children (and staff!) dressed in traditional African attire and had their faces painted to add an extra authentic edge!

Wednesday 21st June

Some of Year 7 spent the morning producing colourful African animal print T-shirts before joining the rest of the school in watching a hilarious performance by the Flying French Theatre Company. The production was in French and had the whole school in stitches! Mrs McD and some pupils even joined the fun.

Thursday 22nd June

The remaining Year 7 groups had their T-shirt workshops and parents were invited to the Year 4 Production in Rose Garden. The children performed several short plays from around the world, they all had the common theme of being cautionary tales about the consequences of greed and why it’s always best to be kind. The children and staff did a fantastic job and parents were thoroughly entertained with some high quality acting.

Friday 23rd June

The whole school was treated to another stunning performance of the Year 4 play followed by a most enjoyable feast of musical acumen in the Fête de la Musique. Children performed in different sites around the school and moved about freely, either watching or to perform in a different site. The wonderful King’s College Big Band then joined us, much to everybody’s delight! Our musical pupils certainly look up to the older King’s pupils, with many fostering hope to one day join them! In the evening a group of pupils opted to attend a performance of the ballet: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Brewhouse Theatre. They were also lucky enough to take part in a workshop before the show.

Below are some of the children’s reviews of just a few of the events:

Last Friday, many pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 left school to attend a performance of the ballet ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. The ballet took place in the Brewhouse and was performed by Ballet CYMRU. When we arrived, we first got to do a workshop in which we pretended to be ‘Puck’s’ helpers. Puck was the mischievous sprite who served King Oberon and Queen Titania (the fairy King and Queen). In the workshop, we had to do some turns and jumps. Then we had to do one of Puck’s signature moves, where he describes how he turns someone into a donkey. When we finished the workshop, we ate our packed tea and then Mrs Stuckes and Mrs Kierle took us to Morrisons to buy some extra snacks. Just before the ballet, the teachers bought us some ice cream to enjoy during the interval. It was delicious! My favourite bit in the ballet was when the performers put on the small sketches which were very funny. The ballet finished at 9 pm and we all left to enjoy the long weekend."

By Hannah Johnston

Last Friday (on the 23rd June) we celebrated the ‘Fête de la Musique’ which is a festival held in France on the 21st June every year. Pupils from the school performed around the grounds; it was a very informal event so anyone could join in. Many instrumentalists took part in the festival and both groups and individuals were able to perform. We were very lucky to have the King’s College Big Band come and play: they performed extremely well and had a big audience. Everyone who took part played very effectively and it was lovely for everyone listening. All the practising for the festival really paid off and it was enchanting to hear the sounds of music floating around the school. The festival started at 3.15 pm and ended at around 5 pm. It was a very successful event and we were lucky to be able to experience it."

By Anastasia Woodard

Last Wednesday, pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 watched a hilarious French play performed by the Flying French Theatre Company which consisted of two men in lots of different costumes, using many different accents and voices. The play was about finding one of the men a bicycle for the Tour De France and also to find him the love of his life. It was performed entirely in French, so at some points it was hard to understand but overall you could understand what was happening. It was very interesting and also funny as the performers did lots of magic tricks which was great. They also got Mrs McD to come up on to the stage to shake some maracas and dance along with them and a couple of the pupils to go up and dance along with them. It was a very enjoyable performance and everyone had a great time watching them perform."

By Martha Lawford 8K

On Friday 23rd June, some of Years 3 - 8 left at 4 pm to go to the Brewhouse with Mrs Stuckes and Mrs Keirle to watch Ballet Cymru’s version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Before the 7 pm performance, we had a workshop teaching us lots of ballet moves and things we could look out for in the performance: we learnt Puck’s solo and some mime. The costumes were bright and colourful and were very imaginative. At the end of the performance, we were all very tired and were needing a long weekend to get some sleep."

By Kitty Messenger

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