Performing Arts – not just for Christmas!
In the run up to Christmas, music, dance and drama are all commonplace in schools. Nativity plays, holiday productions, carol services are performed and enjoyed by pupils and their families and friends.
At Sedbergh Prep School, the children in Nursery to Year 2 entertained recent audiences with ‘The Inn-spectors’. This fun take on the first Christmas story came with angelic Strictly Come Dancing judges, a donkey with the blues and some mischievous sheep. The older children, in Years 3 to 5, put on an amazing production of ‘A Pudding for the Chimney Sweep’. This play was packed full of catchy tunes and some strong social messages.
These two plays marked the first productions of the academic year. From September to June every child in the Prep School have the opportunity to take to the stage. Putting on a production highlights the values of collaboration, perseverance, dedication, teamwork and responsibility. It exemplifies how effort and time are needed behind the spotlights in order to master a new skill.
At Sedbergh Prep School, we believe that dedicating weekly curriculum time to creative and performing arts unlocks skills in creativity and problem solving. It also helps to improve concentration, focus, reading comprehension and verbal and non-verbal communications. Performing arts therefore form a vital part of every pupils’ timetable, from age 3 to 13, supporting the development of well-rounded individuals capable of fulfilling their personal, social and professional potential.