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18 October 2019

Head's Message Friday 18 October 2019

Heads Blog Friday 18 October 2019

All the School’s a Stage

Last week, Mrs Dorothy Ind, founder of Chelsea Ballet Schools, and members of the Hampshire family gathered in a celebration of Jane Hampshire’s life and success as the first Headmistress of The Hampshire School - a school rooted in the performing arts. With this extraordinary heritage, performing arts continue to play a meaningful role at the school in nurturing key life and creative skills through our: drama and singing lessons, poetry recitals, music concerts, assemblies, ballet lessons and the Rhythmic Gymnastics and LAMDA clubs within our 60+ offering. It will be of no surprise to parents, that children who enjoy opportunities to engage in a breadth of co-curricular and curricular activities tend to demonstrate enhanced academic performance as they navigate their way through strategies for improvement and work hard to master new challenges, whatever they may be, whether academic, social or personal.

Mastering new skills and enjoyment was certainly at the forefront at the UN Day celebrations where it was wonderful to see our Early Years to Year 8 children showcase a breadth of performances on stage in the UN Day assembly. The pupils shared their knowledge of how the United Nations charter engages the world and it was a joy to see their excitement and wonder when visiting the parent led international stalls and cultural activities.

With performing arts led by a team of dedicated professionals; Miss King, an actress and our specialist drama teacher, Mrs King, Director of Music, the LAMDA club and visiting music teachers and experts in the field of musical theatre, the children are developing the skills for an exciting array of productions and events this year. In addition to the Form Assemblies this term, our musicians will perform in instrumental concerts, Remembrance Service, our youngest in the Early Years Christmas Production and the whole school community at the Carol Service. Audition for this year’s drama production in the Spring Term started this week, and I am delighted that Jeremy James Taylor (OBE), director,  playwright and founder of The National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), is leading the Year 5-8 auditions using the music from ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’; we could not wish for a more experienced director to inspire the children. Jeremy knows just what challenges and opportunities are ahead for our pupils – he played Benjamin in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production at the RoundHouse and commissioned Jude Law to play Joseph in the original production. Jeremy brings a passion for facilitating stage experience for young people; he was awarded an OBE in 2010 for his services to Young People and to Musical Theatre.

Through the performing arts programme at The Hampshire School Chelsea, the children learn to collaborate and work together as a team towards a shared performance goal in which each child's individual journey of development is showcased. Perhaps most importantly, these opportunities also allow children to be playful and creative, to explore their curiosity, try out new things, express their feelings and emotions through movement and drama and embrace challenges as opportunities across the breadth of the curriculum – all the school’s a stage!


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