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Half Moon has brought together more than one hundred and fifty Tower Hamlets 11 year-olds over the last two weeks to create a ‘Play in a Week’ as they prepare to start at their new Secondary School.
Transitions Summer School equips young people with new creative skills and knowledge, builds their confidence and team-working skills and offers a chance to engage with the facilities and other children in their new school before term starts. At the end of the project the students involved performed their play in a sharing performance for family and friends.
Beccy Allen, Creative Learning Producer at Half Moon said:
“Young people making the transition from Primary to Secondary school can find it quite daunting. These Summer Schools give them the opportunity to be creative, make friends and gain confidence as they familiarise themselves with their new school before starting in September. Above all, they have loads of fun along the way!”
Over five days, students worked together to create a drama-based performance taking on various roles within the theatre-making process. They explored dance and drama, spoken word and scriptwriting, music making and singing as well as having the chance to take part in visual arts sessions to create scenic elements and props for the final performance at the end of the week.
The two-week Summer School was delivered in partnership with Oaklands Secondary School on Old Bethnal Green Road in 2012 as a result of government funding from the Department for Education. The success of this has meant that this summer Half Moon were pleased to be able to embark on a second Summer School at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School off Commercial Road, as well as working with Oaklands again.