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This last week we did something that we have never done before. We produced a primary school festival in one school, with one-year group.
Back track a bit. Last April I Rep’d the Subject Specific Seminar in Hong Kong, hosted by Sam Pierce. She mentioned that her head of primary, Dylan Hughes was looking for a creative experience for their grade 6 students, during their scheduled week without walls. Could ISTA deliver something?
I spoke with Dylan and started to wrap my head round the idea. Really the only thing technically ‘missing’ between this and a customary festival would then be students coming in from different schools and the housing bit. But the positives, I felt outweighed the gaps and as we agreed that all ensembles should be created out of children from different home room groups together we were essentially having ‘strangers’ working together from day one.
I planned out the project and talked at length with Joanne Boyle, team leader for grade 6 – about what she really wanted. A dynamic, fun, challenging theatre experience that would also build confidence and encourage the children to take risks.
So what would be our theme? After some discussion we settled on Superheroes. A theme initially covered at our MS festival in Guangzhou last year – but a focus that Joanne felt would really inspire the children.
Moving on a pace – Louise Clark (AD for the festival) came up with an inspirational inspiration pack – to get the artists excited; I prepped an info pack to let the parents know what their children were going to be involved with – and the stage was set.
Louise Clark, Desta Haile, Mhairi McInness, Ian Pike, Carl Robinson, Rob Russell, Francois Zanini all met on the island of Lamma on Sunday to plan – then spent three days delivering our first ever ‘in-house’ festival.
Debbie Kidd joined the team as I wanted her to capture just what our ‘offer’ was – and my plan is to roll this model out to all our member schools as a new service.
Increasingly heads of school, teachers and parents are reluctant to send their daughters and sons overseas; so this might just be a model that can work for us.