Juniors Celebrate Performing Arts Week
This year, the theme of focus week at the Junior School was Performing Arts. The week was filled with a wonderful array of exciting visitors, workshops and activities and the children had great fun whilst learning new skills from the professionals.
Here are some of the children’s experiences:Nursery: In Nursery, the children had been looking at the story “Beauty and the Beast”. They learned how to dance the Waltz as seen in the film “Beauty and the Beast”. Once they had learned the steps, they had a celebration party which included eating home made fairy cakes and drinking glitter punch. The children really enjoyed the afternoon. There were definitely some ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ performers for the future! Reception: During Performance week, Reception enjoyed many activities. It was so busy but they thoroughly enjoyed it. They had great fun with Stephen Waterhouse and learnt some new circus tricks with Jay from Circusology, including juggling and how to spin a plate. The children also had art with Mrs Reynolds and enjoyed mixing some and creating a rain forest. Form 1: Form 1 had a great time during Performing Arts Week. One of the highlights was a visit from the author and illustrator Steven Waterhouse who came into the classroom and showed the children his books and drawings. He helped them design their own page for a story and read his favourite story about a runaway chapati! It was a particular pleasure to welcome Stephen, as he is a former pupil of Hipperholme Grammar School.During the week, the children wrote and performed their own plays based on traditional tales. They put on performances of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Pinocchio and Little Red Riding Hood complete with props and costumes. Form 3: The week began with a visit from the education team at Northern Ballet. The children learned who would be involved in putting on a performance and followed a simple ballet routine in assembly. A demonstration from HGJS ballerinas Daisy Slade, Isobel and Sophie Moss was a real treat – very elegant! Later in the day, the children toured behind the scenes at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. They saw all areas of the theatre from the orchestra pit to the balcony seating and had a chance to show off their own acting skills in a fantastic drama workshop.On Tuesday, Jay – the one man Circusology act – amazed the children with his tricks in assembly. Later on, he gave some tips for practising skills ranging from juggling to plate spinning. The next treat was the music of the Samba Drum Band who entertained everyone in true carnival style. The children also composed and delivered some of their own Performance poetry.Wednesday brought more music. Some of Form 3 are part of the brilliant School Band but everyone could clap and stamp along with them to the tune of ‘We will Rock You’ at the start of the day. The pupils then worked on improvisation techniques with the help of some of the Year 8 drama students at the Senior School. They performed their ideas to each other and discovered there were a lot of naughty robots amongst them! Form 5: On Friday, the children were visited by the owner/chairman and players of Bradford Bulls who talked to them about the qualities needed to make a good team. They watched recordings of Bradford Bulls scoring in some of their matches and all the children cheered as loudly as they could!There was a surprise visit from the club mascot who asked Miss Meechan to marry him because it was Valentines day! Miss Meechan was surprised! The children all received a free ticket to see Bradford Bulls play on the Sunday.