Each child grows in character and confidence throughout this time; many facing challenges, overcoming fears and delighting in success and just giving for the sake of the audience.
Shakespeare gives students the finest English language to learn by heart. The plays allow them the opportunity to connect with the subtlety of what Shakespeare is saying. During their time at JCS, they experience various play genres from comedy to tragedy. The rehearsals and performances teach them courage, resilience in the face of disappointment, patience, being able to work independently, humility and how to accept praise and much more. Team work and cooperation are an important part of Shakespeare plays. The children learn they can rely on each other and form a trust which allows them freedom to be themselves on stage.
Above all, the children have enormous fun and as soon as their Shakespeare Festival finishes they are asking what play they will be doing next time!
Elizabeth McDermott, Lea-Ann Connell, Upper First Teachers
Children are captivated and transported to a different world when studying and performing Shakespeare at a young age, even if students may not understand every word. Once children are captivated by the timeless stories of Shakespeare they can further develop and engage with the language of Shakespeare as they mature with age.
Sarah Marley, Lower First Teacher
I liked getting ready for Shakespeare and putting my makeup on and people doing my hair. I also liked seeing my mum in the audience.
Sophia G Lower First