Last week grade 3/4 students worked with the Bell Shakespeare company students for a full week.
Each grade worked with Julia our 'artist in residence' for 4 one hour sessions over the week in addition to their regular creative arts session. On Tuesday evening all staff including several of our ES staff participated in an hour half professional development - which was great fun.
I think if you read our student feedback you will see it was a great success, opening up our students to a wider experience and perspective in the Arts and across our curriculum.
Sue & Claudia
Frank Room 17: The enthusiastic Bell Shakespeare company has finally come to MPW!! Everyone one was very excited and on their toes for waiting for them to come. I was so pleased that I cancelled my holidays. The week was physical and fun. I loved the acting the games, acting out Mid Summers Night’s Dream because I played King Oberon.
King Oberon is a powerful character, he was pleased with himself, he was leader. I had to speak in a low voice, pretend to be king-like and look powerful. Definitely great introduction for when we go to high school – we now know how fun and crazy Shakespeare was. I loved doing the Shakespearian insults
The program builds self-confidence, it’s fun but it is not just about having fun – you actually learn things. I learnt about Shakespeare – details about the plays and all the different characters. I thought it was great to work with other kids in the class and I even got to work with Jess which was fun. I definitely would like them to do the program again and again. I would highly recommend Bell Shakespeare.
Anwen Room 17:
I loved everything about the visit. I liked the way you worked in different groups and did interactive drama games. It showed how you could work with other people. The activities were like speaking some sort of another language. Instead of using words we used our body movements and expressions. Even when we couldn’t talk we followed one another, and showed a great sense of team work.
I think the week made us more interested in Shakespeare. Some kids who knew stuff could use their knowledge as a talent. I felt comfortable all the time. I am used of being put out of my comfort zone because I do horse riding and that is hard, so I like being pushed out of my comfort zone because it opens up more doors for the future.
I noticed at first – some kids feeling a bit uncomfortable but then they got into it and embraced it.
I think Shakespeare has inspired a lot of people. He is an amazing writer and that is what Bell Shakespeare is saying – we are going to teach students how amazing he is.
I think we should do the residency again with the grade 3/4 classes. This is a good time to start acting , it seems like a perfect age group, I definitely think we should have them back.
Phoebe room 19:
My favourite character in Mid-Summer Nights dream was Queen Titania. I like it when she fought with the King, she would never put her guard down. She was a strong woman and she knew what she wanted. I learnt Shakespeare had many unusual words or phrases that we still would like to learn more about Shakespeare’s life and what it was like in his time.
I would rate the program 11 out of 10 and I would love them to come back again and again, a thousand times yes!!!
Ari Room 13:
I loved the character Titania. She is a strong character who will do everything for the orphan child and I think she is a kind character. I learnt heaps about the Shakespearian characters and the words he used. I definitely would love the company to come back again. I liked the acting parts when I played Titania, Hope played Puck and Emma was the orphan.
Thom Room 19:
I loved the week with the Bell Shakespeare company. My favourite character was Nick Bottom. I liked him because he was funny and silly. Shakespeare made up lots of insults and he really had a unique way of going about things. I would love this week to be a regular event and next time do another play. My favourite drama game was to make a word or objects using our body to create the shape. I would rate the week 9.5 out of 10!