A Lovely Problem To Have!

Last week we reached full capacity at our Year 7 & 8 Drama Club so have taken the decision to add a second session each week. This is exciting as we are about to launch auditions for the junior production due to take place in the Spring Term. Year 9 are still busy rehearsing their performance for the Shakespeare Schools Festival so this means we now have over 60 students participating in extra curricular Drama. It’s lovely to see interest and enthusiasm growing for all our clubs and we are so excited for the future!

The Importance of….wearing the right costume

Year 13 A Level Drama students travelled to Bath Theatrical Costume hire in Frome with Mrs Warren to select costumes for their upcoming assessment performances of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. They rehearsed in their outfits at the 6th form open evening and all agreed that the period clothes and shoes made a real difference to the way that they played their characters. We think they look amazing!

Paper Birds ‘fly into’ St Laurence

The theatre company ‘The Paper Birds’ visited us to run workshops on devising for Year 12/13 A Level Drama students. Two lucky Year 9 learning groups were also able to take part in a session which looked at creating a piece of theatre based on a visual stimulus. GCSE and A Level students will soon be watching a production by The Paper Birds in class which they can write about in their examination.

Welcome to the Drama Blog!

Welcome to our new Drama Blog here at St Laurence School. It has been lovely to get back into the practical classroom spaces and all year groups have been making the most of being ‘back to normal’. Year 7 have been learning that ‘Drama is Serious Fun’, Year 8 have been exploring communicating in goobledy-gook and Year 9 have produced some excellent moving pieces based on the poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen – complete with lights and the soundtrack – ‘Le Depart’ by The Style Council. Our Year 10 GCSE students have got off to a great start, producing extracts from ‘Macbeth’ in newly created theatre companies whilst Year 11 took to the stage, performing their devised assessments to a real live audience in the studio. Our A Level students in Year 12 have been exploring different theatre practitioners including Punchdrunk, John Godber and Kneehigh and Year 13 are busy rehearsing their scripted pieces ready for their assessment on the 15th November. We even went to the theatre! Year 10-13 enjoyed a trip to the Bristol Old Vic to see ‘Wuthering Heights’ – a production by theatre company Wise Children based on the novel by Emily Bronte.

Now the blog is up and running we look forward to telling more about events as they happen – watch this space as we have lots of exciting things planned!

The Big Draw!

The Big Draw is the world’s largest drawing festival with thousands of drawing activities connecting people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers illustrators, and each other.

This year’s theme for the festival is: ‘Make the Change’ and the festival is asking people to explore the relationship between people and our living environments through Art; this could focus on climate change, where you live, recycling or sustainability.

Some of our KS3 students have chosen to make a piece of art in response to this brief, you can see their wonderfully creative submissions below. Well done to all those who took the time to produce a piece of work at home.

Mrs Bunten

Year 12 Fine Art sketchbooks & final outcomes

In preparation for their Personal Investigation project next year, Year 12 Fine Art students have completed a project based on an area of interest from a selection of past exam paper questions.

They have really enjoyed developing their independent thinking and research skills and exploring in more depth the materials and techniques that were of most interest to them. The final outcomes involved a range of techniques such as oil and acrylic paints, cyanotypes, casting methods, collage and stitch and assemblage. We can’t wait to see what they go on to produce during their Y13 project!

Mrs White

Year 13 Photography: Personal Investigation

Year 13 Photography pupils have been exploring their own Personal Investigation over the last couple of months; this could be anything from, ‘An investigation into ways photographers capture people in the urban environment’, to, ‘How has perspective been used in photography over time?’. Pupils were asked to look at inspirational photographers as a starting point, then plan and take a series of photographs in response.

The latest lockdown period has proved challenging as students have been more restricted in terms of materials and equipment, however here are some examples of some of the mini outcomes they have produced during this time.

Mrs Metcalfe.