Shakespeare & Drama

Shakespeare & Drama

21
August
2015

Headmistress's Awards

Marta D, Celia L, Josephine M, Heidi P, George P (all 2M) for outstanding effort and courage during our Shakespeare Festival.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

31
July
2015

Stage Coordinator Comment

A full and rewarding week past, and a full and rewarding week to come……. 

The Infants Shakespeare Festival Dress Rehearsal for the Primary School was held on Tuesday – a whole week ahead of the event, and all-in-all it went very well, showing  the promise of good things to come.  We look forward to welcoming the parents and friends of the children to the “real” performances.  Here is the schedule:  please come along!

Wednesday

5/8/15

9.30-10.00

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

performance

Lower First

Parents/guests

U1st and 2nd

Wednesday

5/8/15

5.30-6.00

“Romeo and Juliet” – performance

Second

Parents and guests

Thursday

6/8/15

9.30-10.00

“The Tempest” – performance

Upper First

Parents/guests

L1st and 2nd

Thursday

6/8/15

5.30-6.00

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Performance

Lower First

Parents and guests

Friday

7/8/15

9.30-10.00

“Romeo and Juliet” – performance

Second

Parents/guests L1st and U1st

Friday

7/8/15

5.30-6.00

“The Tempest” – performance

Upper First

Parents and guests

 

This week we also had testing for 2nd and 4th classes by Robert Allwell Associates, and ICAS testing.  There were wonderful results from the “Maths Challenge”, with one Distinction and many Credits gained by the John Colet participants. 

And we had bumper turnout of keen students taking part in the Australian Maths Competition on Thursday.  Mrs. Dunn was invited to speak about it on air interviewed by Mike Jeffries on 2UE on Tuesday night. 

The school was “on show” too for the BOSTES Inspection, and the outcome was “recommendation for Registration.”  Much praise due to all.

An update will be sent on the hunt for a Latin teacher for Primary Latin as soon as there is any news.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

14
May
2015

JCS teacher attends conference on music education and choirs

RIME 2015

During the recent school holiday break I travelled to the UK to present a paper titled “Consonant Agendas: Priorities of conductors and student members of school choirs amidst pressure to change” at the Research in Music Education (RIME) Conference 2015, hosted by the University of Exeter in Devon. Not only was this a fantastic opportunity for me as a music educator but presenting within the conference setting, in a way, both personally and professionally validated my research.

Papers were presented in themed groups allowing delegates to attend where it was most suited to their interests and area of expertise. Also presenting in the choir research theme was a PhD student from the Czech Republic who discussed his experiences as both a choir member in the Czechoslovakian Children’s Choir under Communism and as a conductor of a Children’s Choir in the time since Communism. A fascinating experience to hear the history of a country and the image, controlled by the communist leaders, that was portrayed to the world. The second presenter was a Swedish Conductor. She shared her ethnographic research, discussing the observations she had made of four of the most prominent Swedish children’s choir conductors. This too was an amazing paper to hear and relevant to any school choir conductors.

Other papers that were most relevant to my teaching had themes in composition and the use of iPads as an initial method for digital composition. A very thorough study has been carried out in a Norwegian school and documented by a professor at the University of Bergen. Also of great interest was a study, by an English conductor of community choirs. His research explored the feelings of performance anxiety amongst adult singers in choirs. His results shared similarities with the results of my school aged study. This suggests that there needs to be greater research into the area of performance anxiety amongst school aged choir members, providing them with skills to overcome performance anxiety and to develop into confident adults who will, hopefully, become members of adult community choirs.

The conference was truly a most inspiring experience and has left me with much enthusiasm for future research. I am hoping to explore a number of areas in the future including performance anxiety, more singing in schools and the choice of repertoire.

Michaela Miles
Choir Director
John Colet School

Categories: Staff, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

24
October
2014

Shakespeare's Cake

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
- Twelfth Night

I feel confident that the shade of William Shakespeare, looking down from the great Performance Space in the sky, would be delighted to hear of the brilliant idea hatched by Mrs Allcorn and executed by her and Mrs Moor.

This idea, suitable for a Nobel Prize nomination, is to make a giant cake - the size of a trestle table - to celebrate the 450th anniversary of his birth.  The children are being asked to bring to school a carefully chosen  array of appropriately coloured sweets and lollies.

This plethora of goodies will be used to decorate the cakes in such a cunning manner that the image of Shakespeare himself will appear, conceivably large enough to be seen from space.

The Great John Colet Shakespeare Birthday Cake will then be photographed, and eaten by all and sundry.  I join the children in very much looking forward to this last part of the celebration.

- Headmaster

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22
October
2014

A BIG birthday cake for Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Portrait Cake - will be made in art lessons during first week of November

The students will be decorating cakes in art lessons in the first week of November. The cakes will be put together to replicate this picture of the Bard. This is a school-wide celebration to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. Our chef Donna Moor has generously volunteered to make the nine huge slab cakes (one of which will be gluten free and vegan).

We will need lollies for decorating the cakes. PLEASE could the students bring in packets of lollies to the art room on their art day during the week of Monday 3rd- Friday 7th November. Suggested lollies needed are:

Liquorice

Liquorice allsorts

Bullets

Smarties

Freckles

Jelly Beans

Sprinkles

Assorted Cake sprinkles

2 boxes of Icing Sugar

Soft Jubes

The unveiling (and eating!) of the trestle-table-sized cake will take place at recess on Monday 10th November.

THANK YOU
From the Art Room
Mrs Gadsby and Mrs Allcorn

shakespeare-face

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

17
October
2014

Shakespeare Festival - we're ready

John Colet’s Shakespeare Festival  tickets can be purchased from Glen Street Theatre's website.

Ticket prices for the event are:
Adults $30.00
Concession $15.00
Children under 16 $15.00

This year the students are performing excerpts from:

·         Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors and Henry V  on Tuesday 28th October

·         Macbeth and Julius Caesar on Wednesday 29th October

·         Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It on Thursday 30th October.

The Comedy of Errors has a Dr Seuss theme to the costuming and props, Much Ado About Nothing is set in the ‘70s and As you Like It, by the Year 6 students, is set in the Australian bush.

Parents please note:  The students will go home from school at 12.30pm on the day that they are performing in the evening.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

22
August
2014

Primary Shakespeare Festival Dates

The dates for our Primary Festival at Glen Street Festival are as follows:

Tue 28th October - 3J and 3T and 4R classes perform
Wed 29th October - 5K and 5D
Thu 30th October - 4N and  6th

Bookings can be made through Glen Street Theatre closer to the time. But pop these evening performance dates in your diary now.

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09
August
2013

Shakespeare Festival fabulous

Thanks to parents and teachers for all their work

The John Colet School Infants Shakespeare Festival has come to a close, with full evening performances and bustling day time shows for proud parents, grandparents and other  visitors.

Each year grade from the very youngest kindergartners (we call it Lower First) to the older Second Class students (Y2) performed segments of a play.  The photos below are of some Second Class students, quietly waiting 'in the wings' to go on stage for their parts in Macbeth.


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08
May
2013

5 year olds learning Shakespeare, no drama!

This week in drama classes, our infants students start learning their lines in earnest as they start rehearsing for their Shakespeare Festival  in August. 
Their first term drama classes focused on expression, vocal clarity, gesture and making interesting shapes with their bodies. 
"We've been doing exercises to get them connecting with the language," says drama teacher Zoe Emanuel. 
"And because they say quite a few lines in unison,  team work and acting in chorus has also been part of the mix."
Our Lower First students (Kindergarten) will present "All the world's a Stage", Upper Firsts will be doing "The Tempest" and 2nd classes will do "Macbeth".
The  Primary students have their Shakespeare Festival later in the year.

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

15
March
2013

Tongue twisters and dandelions

It's all about the voice...

Lower First students are learning about voice projection and really enjoy the process with our drama teacher Zoe Emanuel.  Today they pretended to blow the petals off a dandelion, while making clear, loud and hard syllable sounds (no shouting or yelling!).  Then there were tongue twisters - it's harder than you think to say "Mixed Biscuits" five times in a row, clearly.  In another exercise, the children were seeds growing as Miss Emanuel watered them.  Who had the most unusual flowers?
The infants Shakespeare Festival will be held at the school in August, so these early drama lessons get them moving and speaking more confidently, ready to start learning their lines.
 

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Writing & Speaking, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

26
October
2012

Preparing for their curtain calls

With exactly one week to their performances, our 6th class students, like the rest of the primary classes, are in a bit of a panic. Nothing serious, mind, just the madness of getting just the right seventies shirt or lace up boots, and then getting them to fit comfortably so everyone can focus on their lines and cues. 
6th class are doing Twelfth Night, set in the 1970s.  Katherine, a student in the class, has been in charge of choreographing the rest of her class to 'In the Navy", with plenty of marching inspired moves.

All the hard work and weeks and weeks of drama coaching has paid off, and all the Primary classes are ready to impress parents and friends at their Glen Street Theatre performances. 

For 6th class, it will be the end of an era.  As Katherine says, it's been really, really fun.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

24
October
2012

Who killed Hamlet's father?

Pre-Shakespeare Festivities

At Tuesday lunch,  'Hamlet Rolls' were served to the children, and our wonderful catering parents ran a Shakespeare quiz for all:  Hamlet is the prince of what country? Whose ghost visits Hamlet at this castle?  What is Hamlet's girlfriend's name?  How does Hamlet's mother die?  Who killed Hamlet's father?
Thursday, it was 'Portia's Pasta' quiz day. The questions were even trickier.

Treats for the winners and plenty of excited Primary children all in groups brainstorming answers.

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22
August
2012

To the Fish Stall!

A play in Latin

The senior Latin students were snapped this week rehearsing a play, all in Latin, about the goings on during a shopping expedition for a family dinner.
The four minute play, called "To the fish stall!" will be performed on 4th September for the delight and entertainment of two classics teachers who are visiting John Colet School.  One of them is Emily Matters, the head of the Classical Language Teachers' Association.
Proud parents will be welcome to come and watch too!
Students who have completed the Spelling course study Latin.  These senior classes are taken each week by the Headmaster.  Linguistically, Latin underpins much of English and is therefore an excellent additional subject.  As it doesn't involve a different alphabet and has a simpler grammar than Sanskrit, the students find it relatively easy to learn.



Categories: Writing & Speaking, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

10
August
2012

6th class shakes up Shakespeare

Their performances aren’t until the end of October, but our senior students are well underway with rehearsals for their Shakespeare Festival.
6th class students have been learning their lines since just before the holidays.  They’re now rehearsing script free, four to five hours a week during class time. 
This year, they are doing a 90 minute version of Twelfth Night, with each student having around 60 lines each.  This, their final Festival, will showcase all the skills they’ve developed over seven years of Shakespeare productions. 
By this stage, the students are making a lot of the decisions themselves: who plays what part, what the theme should be, what music to use, what props and costumes.   Two girls are even choreographing the dance routines.

Class teacher Diane Renshaw and specialist drama teacher Zoe Emanuel are focusing on getting everyone really engaging with their lines, and aiding the story telling through inflections, mannerisms, timing and actions.  For example, the 70s theme requires looser, less classical gestures, and a somewhat more modern tone to the original lines. 
The photos below show a typical rehearsal up the front of the classroom at this stage of the production timeline.

   

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