The Many Benefits of Drama

This is one of those weeks which makes being a Head so special. Drama is one of the most popular subjects on the curriculum and we have wide and varied opportunities for children to perform and present. The benefits of drama are enormous. They learn actively and interactively, memorising words and music, they can makes sense of their own world by taking part in role play of parallel situations. Rather than sitting still and listening they are encouraged to actively participate, to move and respond and to work together rather than in isolations. The earliest of these opportunities at St Peter’s is the Nursery and Reception Nativity. Extraordinary to see such tiny children singing proper Christmas carols and confidently acting on stage. I had a very sleepy sheep in front of me rubbing his little hooves in his eyes. Just gorgeous! Year 1 and Year 2 performed a wonderful Nativity with some really upbeat songs and dance moves! Every word was heard by all and there was a feeling of great festive joy around the school. My huge thanks to all who were involved with both events a triumph. At the other end of the school, we were treated to the Year 8 monologues evening on Tuesday where every child wrote and performed their own monologue to a very receptive audience of staff and parents. To see in one week our three year olds and thirteen year olds performing was a great treat and fully encapsulated the magic of St Peter’s. I would also like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the info letter which gave details of a new Salsa dance class that will run on Saturday mornings in the Performing Arts Room at St Peters for 10-13 year olds for all those Strictly fans!