Why the performing arts are important at Heathfield?
Regular exposure to the Performing Arts process raises self-esteem and self-confidence. Central to this is the notion that young people with strong feelings of self-worth are more likely to achieve their full potential. The high aspirations and expectations demanded by the exacting nature of performance opens the door to students achieving very high standards across a range of subject areas. Concurrently, the process of performance of performing arts teaching is very much based on problem solving within a group where ideas are shared, shifted and collated to create a solution. This method of group work is driven by intent and purpose and can be applied to a whole range of learning environments. The performance model also requires students to respect each other’s work, opinions and ideas and in this way contributes to the overall ethos of the school where mutual respect and support is key.
Our recovery SOW outline from the half term
Social, Wellbeing : The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse Charlie Mackesy Students - To feel mentally prepared to embrace the world of drama, excited and wanting to know more.
Knowledge: To understand the basics of mental health/wellbeing, what mental health/ wellbeing is and how to help themselves and look out for others through drama activities.
Why: Students have been off school due to pandemic for a long time and naturally will feel anxious about coming back and some student’s mental health may even be effective, so it is important to educate students on wellbeing. Even for those that may have taken part in drama before it is important for them to understand the expectations of drama within a lesson environment.
It is made clear to them that the drama studio is a safe place to help reassure those that are feeling anxious about working with new people. With a new grouping of students, it is important that they are reminded of the importance of drama and what is expected in a drama classroom. Re-emphasise how safe the drama studio is and that working collaboratively with everyone and anyone is vital to be successful in drama and in their future careers ( transferable skills).