|Danny with Faith, Ben and Kate|
On Monday 16 March our Chair of Governors, Danny McGrath, who is Head of Movement at the world renowned Guildhall College of Music and Drama, brought three of his ex-students, now accomplished actors (Faith Alabi, Ben Hall and Kate Phillips), to the School.
This was a wonderful start to National Shakespeare Week and all the children, staff and some parents gathered together to see our guests perform.
Faith read a sonnet; Ben, the 'Eve of Saint Crispin's Day' speech from 'Henry V'; and Kate read an extract from Hermione's trial scene from 'A Winter's Tale'. How lucky we were to hear professional actors perform live in our School. Please look out for their names in future national productions!
The children were given a chance to ask questions, such as "When did you know you wanted to be an actor?" Faith recounted when she was a child, she used to cut a square out of a cardboard box and wearing her dad's suit, pretend to read the news.
"What is your favourite Shakespeare play?" Ben answered - 'King Lear' as it was about relationships and especially family relationships, good and bad - which, even though the play is over four hundred years old, still resonate with us today.
Mr. West, our Head Teacher, then spoke about our pupils needing their own aspirational dreams for their futures and how they can turn them into a reality by working hard and putting every bit of energy into everything they do. Mr West gave some examples of two of our children already destined for great things, because they not only have talent, but also work very hard to improve their skills. Callie (Y5), who is part of the Junior England Diving Squad and has the aspiration to represent her country in Olympics and Daisy (Y3), who designed a 'Walk to School' badge and was one of the twelve to be chosen out of thirty thousand entrants.
Let’s hope that some of our children, having enjoyed some Shakespeare this week, will also go on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.