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Students complete tour of local primary schools

Thursday 12 June 2014

BTEC level 2 performing arts students have recently completed an educational tour of primary schools across the local borough. The talented actors performed their self-written play 'The Magic Box' to youngsters from Bishop Perrin Primary School, Darrell Primary School and Heathfield Junior School between 23 May and 6 June.

The play, a mash-up of popular fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and Greek mythology's fable of Pandora's Box, contained a scene written by each of the performing arts students and took over four months of planning and research.

As part of the visits, the students also delivered exciting drama workshops and educational exercises with the 9 to 11 year old pupils. One Heathfield Junior youngster commented that she "loved the performance and workshops" and that her favourite character in the play was the step-mother "as she was quite scary!"

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Elizabeth Greener, School Liaison Officer for Richmond College, praised the student's efforts; "Our performing arts students were fantastic ambassadors for the College as they fully engaged with KS2 audiences and led workshops with real confidence," she said. "Such community led projects ensure that students of different ages learn from one another and it was great to step back and admire everyone developing their skills and enjoying themselves."

Beth Aho, year 6 teacher at Darell Primary, was delighted with the visit. "We had a great afternoon with the fantastic Richmond College drama students who managed to captivate the children," she said.

The College now plans to repeat the tour with more primary schools next year.

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