Speech & Drama

“To be or not to be…”

 The Speech and Drama are always very busy right from the beginning of September.  Before we know it, it’s October and that of course means the Harvest Thanksgiving Service.  Sketches, Bible readings and prayers.  The school takes over the local church and we give thanks to God for the Harvest, with Speech and Drama club shouldering the responsibility of carrying the service, ably assisted with class choirs and the school choir, singing hymns of praise.

This is soon followed by the Christmas Carol Service; a lovely way to finish the first term of the school year.  The school once again takes over the church and all classes are involved in celebrating the birth of Jesus.

During the month of November strange sounds and voices can be heard gurgling from the assembly hall as we practise choral speaking for the Banbridge Speech and Drama festival.  It must be the noisiest bus ride ever when we travel to the competition – afterall we do have the most resonant voices in the school!

In November 2011 we performed two pieces.  The set piece was ‘The Greedy Giant’ and we also performed our own choice of ‘Are We There Yet?’.  The group performed against three other schools from the local area and, congratulations, we came in First Place having been awarded a very high mark of 89, a mark of Distinction.  We were awarded The Anderson Cup.  As this mark was of such a high standard we also received the INTO Rosebowl for the highest mark in the Primary School section; the second time we have achieved this accolade.

Close on the heels of Banbridge Speech and Drama Festival we have to start work nearly immediately for our second competition of the year: Portadown Speech and Drama Festival which takes place at the end of February.  Our set piece this time was entitled ‘The Dragon Who Ate Our School’. We had great fun with this poem and even incorporated a ‘dragon’, mask into our performance.  We also performed, again,

‘Are We There Yet?’.  After a gruelling competition, with a record number of six other schools entering, we were once again awarded First Place and received the UTU cup.  A cup that we have our name proudly displayed on, no less than eight times.

All in all, a successful year – a hat trick all round!

Christmas 2011 meant a Key Stage 2 production.  This year P6 and P7 performed the very popular ‘Wizard of Oz’.  EVERY child from both classes was involved in the production including acting; singing; dancing; helping with scenery; curtain pulling and even lighting and sound. The production took place over two nights to packed houses both nights.  A fantastic memory for the children to have!