I am often asked what I most enjoy about my job and my answer can vary depending on the day of the week and time of the year. However one consistent element I always take great satisfaction from is in producing, directing and choreographing the Pre-Prep Nativities and Summer Shows. This is largely due to a love of song and dance stemming from childhood when I was part of youth choirs and theatre groups. I have already completed most of the planning for this year’s summer spectacular, although details will remain closely guarded for a while yet!
However, as much as I enjoy being fully involved with these productions, it was such a joy to have the privilege of being an audience member just before half term at each of the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 assemblies which they performed to both Pre-Prep and their families. I am always amazed by the standard our children achieve when performing and was delighted to see it no less impressive than that which we are used to. There is something quite special and intimate about these class assemblies, traditionally performed in the Lent term, which provides a lovely contrast to the big shows that take place in the Michaelmas and Summer term. They are usually connected to the children’s class learning and embellished with song, dance and some fine acting. It is also lovely to have them all performed within the same week as one can then clearly see the age and stage progression across the ‘school-age’ phases. The thing that really stood out for me was just how much the children love the opportunity to perform and how confident they are when doing so.
I am now looking forward to Nursery taking to the stage later this term as they perform their assembly on March 5; I have no doubt it will leave me with yet another big smile and immense feeling of pride!