It’s that time of the year again when many year groups around the school can be seen and heard practising for their end of year productions, which always brings a big smile to my face. Mrs O’Hare and I have been working hard putting Year 6 through their paces this week, as intense rehearsals for their forthcoming production of ‘Honk!’ have got underway. ‘Honk!’ is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance - the book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles. Year 6 will be performing ‘Honk!’ at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July. I can’t tell you how excited we all are, particularly after a super rehearsal week.
Yesterday Mrs Mock and I attended a course held by Artswork, an organisation which champions the arts and aims to empower children through arts and culture; it was an enriching experience for both of us. Dance, drama, art and music are fundamental to cultural engagement and personal development. Artistic experience develops imagination and in turn, imagination develops creativity. However, the creative arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity - the skills they learn spill over into academic achievement too. The arts instil in our pupils the habits of mind that last a lifetime: analytical skills, the ability to solve problems, perseverance and a drive for excellence. The creative skills children develop through the arts carry them toward new ideas, new experiences and new challenges, as well as offering personal satisfaction and developing self-esteem.
The Year 6 production is a fantastic example of this - I’ve been really impressed by the solidarity and teamwork demonstrated by the children this week - it’s true to say that working together and helping each other creates an atmosphere of teamwork that improves performance and work morale. Watching some of these children lose their inhibitions as they sing, act and dance has been a real joy, and self-esteem and energy levels for many have increased ten-fold. It’s going to be a great show!
Tickets for ‘Honk!’ will be available to all parents from Monday 24th June. Do come along if you can.