Each year we stage a school play at the end of the summer term as well as a GCSE class play at the end of the Spring term. This event is an integral part of being at our school. The children are involved in the whole process of putting on a play. They assist in writing, staging, producing and acting the play. The comprehensive, educational value of this whole process cannot be underestimated. The children are not just learning lines when they put on a play; they are also learning key organisational, communicative and self-awareness skills.
Here are some photos from all of our previous classic Small School productions (note we used to only put on a play every other year). If you would like to order a DVD of any of the plays listed here please email us.
Our first ever production was Pinocchio in the Summer of 2004. Performed mostly by 7 to 9 year olds with some highly impressive performances the play was staged in the old scout hall in Lyndhurst, our original home. All of the actors have moved onto to college and university now. Here are two of them as the Blue Fairy and Pinocchio himself preparing for the production with doting little sister in attendance.
Rumplestiltskin & The Three Little Pigs
In 2006 the Primary Class performed two plays that they helped to adapt from two classic fairy tales, Rumpelstiltskin and The Three Little Pigs. In both plays we projected images onto a screen above the stage as well as playing a running music soundtrack with sound effects. Both plays were a huge success with outstanding performances from every single one of the children. Here’s a screen shot from Rumplestiltskin…
The Wizard of Odd
In 2008 the school put on its most ambitious production so far – in fact too ambitious for our humble school building – The Wizard of Odd, a modern adaptation of the classic tale The Wizard of Oz, set in Grimsby rather than Kansas. Performed at the Vernon Theatre in Lyndhurst, the Wizard of Odd involved a cast of thousands (well about 30 children aged from 2 to 14 – it felt like a cast of thousands!) a music score; songs (just the one); dancing (very silly dancing to Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste!); clips from movies and TV; plus filmed dream sequences and a filmed spoof on Big Brother called ‘Pull the Chain’…. the show where you get to flush contestants and their self-esteem down the loo!
The Birthday Party
In 2011 the secondary class put on a stunning production of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party’ to a select audience in the intimate surroundings of the football clubhouse. Some of the pupils were performing as part of their English Language GCSE – they all scored A* grades. Here’s Goldberg and McCann interrogating Stanley on his birthday…
To celebrate the move into our new school we put on a whole school production of Animal Farm in 2012, predominantly starring Upper Primary and Lower Secondary Classes. ‘Stunning!’ ‘Amazing performances!’ ‘Best play I’ve seen for ages!’ were some of the comments. Some parents even came to see it twice! Huge congratulations to everyone involved…
We try to do as many school outings as possible. Each year we have termly walks and celebrations, we also visit local sites of natural and historical interest and local cottage industries. All these trips are open to the whole school and parents are especially welcome to join us – and often needed to help us with adult to child ratios.
We also take park in suitable demonstrations with the children, this year we marched for the elephants (and as elephants!) to support banning the ivory trade and we supported Friends of the Earth with a demonstration for our right to clean air in Lyndhurst High Street.
We have three seasonal celebrations at the end of each term, which include the Winter Christmas Concert, the Spring Egg Hunt and Games and the Summer Sports Day and Celebration.