During this term there were so many opportunities for students to really challenge themselves, to be their best, to be above mediocre. Some however, decided to just cruise.
Metamorphoses allowed students to think outside the square, to put on a production like no other. They transformed the Theatre, building a pool and adding their own interpretation to the Greek myths. Students learnt many life skills, from practical hands on skills to working in a team. They worked collaboratively and creatively. As Michael Brandt stated, “What they created is something that
few schools or even professional theatre companies would ever attempt”.
At the mid-year concert, we showcased our music students- from those just beginning in the band to the highly skilled members of the senior guitar ensemble, senior strings and senior concert band. Some students stepped forward to play a solo in front of the live audience. Each one of the students pushed themselves and took a risk.
The research tells us that we should all break out of our comfort zones at some stage, even though it is not easy to do as we are making ourselves vulnerable. It is hard to kick your brain out of your comfort zone
but by doing so you give yourself a chance to increase productivity, harness your creativity and deal with change - something which occurs throughout life for us all.
We need to move from what we are used to through the fear of failure; of ridicule and of making mistakes; and the feeling of panic which comes from dealing with the unusual – all in order to grow. The advice put forward by experts is to stretch your boundaries, move from the familiar but take time to return to your routines and reflect on the process.
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