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March 2, 2017 9:36 am

There has been so much creativity in the air over the last few days.

On Friday of last week the pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed their termly Exploration Day, where they all come off curriculum and have a themed day. This term the theme was cats.

The day’s first activity was led by Mr Stopforth (Head of Art), who tasked all pupils with creating their very own cat mask. The process involved using a template to draw and cut a mask, before the pupils put their own stamp on their creation through drawing a personalised design, and adding other features such as top hats, ribbons and whiskers. Little did they know that their masks would be used as a prop for the following activity?

Upon completion of the masks, the pupils made their way to the Studio Theatre for the Drama and Music segment of the day. Undeterred by the challenge of putting on a performance in as little as a week, Mrs Askew (Head of Drama) and Mrs Taylor (Head of Music) attempted, and succeeded, in putting on the Prep School’s very first performance of CATS in just over an hour, with a cast of over 90 children. Set to the song of ‘Jellicle Cats’, again written by T S Eliot, the pupils were tasked with learning the lyrics, coupled with choreographed actions and dance. The end result was superb, in which the pupils’ attitude was simply PURRfect, showing great co-operation, teamwork and no shortage of enjoyment. The performance was then subsequently shared with the rest of the school during Monday’s morning’s assembly.

For the final part of the day, the pupils were given the opportunity to opt in to a selection of creative activities. There was further opportunity to explore art through Mrs Bloodworth’s ‘Maths Art’ and Mrs Ely’s ‘3D Art’. A DT option was available through Mr Mein & Mrs Gidman’s ‘Clay Cats’. Mr Wainwright put on a dance activity in the swimming pool, with the Prep School’s very first ‘synchronised swimming’ performance, whilst Mr Sinclair & Miss Lewis used a range of instruments to develop ‘Story Music’.

In Tuesday’s Lower Prep assembly the children in Year 1 then sang a song for us. Year 2 have also shown their creative side by designing and building replicas of the Clifton Suspension and proudly showed them off to their peers, earning Headmaster’s Awards as they did so.

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