Blog: Praise Akinwande

Praise (Square)“I know what you’re thinking this is just another simple blog post but I’m going to tell you that you’re wrong. This is the tale of….. WORK EXPERIENCE GIRL (cue fanfare)

The first day started off with a bang, literally. My mission was to make it to the Half Moon Theatre at 12noon on the dot. I left my house at exactly 10:00am and made my way to the bus stop. As I looked at my phone, I didn’t notice the pole I was about to come in contact with. BANG my head hit the poll and my ears started ringing. You would have thought my ninja like reflexes would have saved me.

After sitting inside the train for 45 minutes, my journey was finally over but DUN DUN DUUUUUN, I was one hour early. I stood in the cold for a whole hour because fear had stopped me from entering (yeah yeah yeah superheroes are supposed to be fearless, I know). My first assignment was to go to a nursery and play with the children in two different classes. I had so much fun my shyness just melted away. After a nice long lunch break I went to oversee a youth theatre group and all the children were so energetic they definitely wore me out, before I knew it the day was over and I had to go home.

On the next day I had to put student evaluations into the computer and colour coordinated them, it wasn’t too fun but it was very relaxing. (Definitely more relaxing than disarming a bomb). Then I went into another youth theatre and helped out (this one was about movement and had lots of elements of dance). During their break I went to get a glass and water and the sweetest thing happened, one of the girls came over to me and asked me to sit with her and her friends. I felt my heart warm with their cuteness and after the break they left and so did I with a smile on my face thinking happy thoughts.

On day three Beccy took me to the local history library and we looked at old newspaper clippings, pamphlets and posters made by the theatre. I also wrote some notes about all the things I looked at. When I got back I had my break then I watched the rehearsals for the upcoming production called ‘Big Wow Small Wonder’. I tried to help in any way I could since I’m so used to saving the day but they had everything under control and they didn’t really need my help. I went home proud of the work I did in the morning and excited to watch the performance the following day.

On day four I was finally going to watch the production and I was so excited. Before I could watch it I had to help the children who came to watch it do their gallery trail. Then the time came and I was ready to watch the finished piece. Even though it was aimed at children I found it incredibly funny with a great message. The whole thing was genius but I won’t spoil it and tell you why.

Finally the day has come for me to end my adventure and move on. The time has come for me to say farewell and I am truly sad that it is over. As I say goodbye the keyboard is littered with tears but I leave you with the account of Work Experience Girl.

P.S. I shall be immortal in blob form mwahahaha”

Praise came to us from Bishop Challoner School (Tower Hamlets) from 12th-16th January 2016.