Junior School News
Senior School News
- Blueprint Competition
- Year 7 Orientation
- White Ribbon Day
- World Kindness Day 2021
- Peer Support
- Introducing the Tara Leadership Team - Prefect Portfolios
- Debating News
- International Chemistry Quiz 2021
- 2021 Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Results
- Surprise Visitors to Year 9
- Christmas Countdown
- World Vision Christmas Markets
- And that’s a wrap…Year 9 and 10 Drama 2021
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Chaplain
Mrs Michelle Kay-Browning
Last year, for my year-end community message, I commenced by reflecting upon one phrase from the famous Christmas carol, Oh Holy night. The line that took my attention:
‘A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices’.
I have always loved a good version of that song. At the end of 2020, however, I think it particularly captured my focus because we were all so incredibly tired! It had been a long, draining, exceptionally challenging year for many reasons, and the description of a ‘thrill of hope’ was particularly enticing. And now here we are, the end of 2021, and I am not too sure that the world as a whole, or our little part of the world that we call home, is any less weary to be honest.
This year, it is a different kind of weary, but still, many are noticeably tired. Added to this general sense of fatigue is another sense also… it is a word which would be a combination of disruption, frustration, unsettledness, concern, and anxiety, perhaps. Our world, both near and far is ‘disquieted’.
Whether it be effects of the pandemic, ramifications of lockdown, unemployment, workplace impact, health challenges, weather events, disrupted plans again and again, family circumstances, or general unease or anxiety, things are a little, or perhaps a lot, messed up, and actually, a thrill of hope certainly would not go astray for many.
In my upcoming seasonal video to our community, I share a little from a Chapel talk this term, called ‘Unexpected King’, and the fact that many aspects of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry took many people by surprise, off guard. The message concludes with the thought that our Saviour thrives within the unexpected. People have always encountered him in the unexpected places, not necessarily in the places of religiosity, pomp and circumstance, but on the outskirts, hidden, out of the way places, and significantly… right in the middle of their mess. No one needs to ‘have their life together’ first.
Within the continuous upheaval that has been 2021, and the amount of rearranging, pivoting, adapting we have all had to do, I for one, am more than comforted, strengthened, and reassured in the knowledge that our God is unchanging, stable, immovable, steadfast.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Psalm 90: 1-2
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13: 8
So, Tara friends and family, finishing up the year 2021, what can I offer you? Words of wisdom, hope, assurance this Christmas time?
I want to point you to a King who is steadfast, sure, who can be trusted, who is unfailing, whose love is limitless, and grace is sufficient, whose word is true, and strength is victorious and unending.
And his gospel? His good news…is peace.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Jesus
It seems to me, that at the end of this year, the best place to be is the same context as the beginning of the gospel story. The unexpected place of a manger, the birthplace of the King… no tidy up, red carpet, hospital, or palace. The good news of great joy entered the unexpected place, and those who recognised him responded, accordingly.
Come, friends, just as we are, let us also adore him, Christ the Lord!
A very Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones.
Added Bonus: You might also appreciate these two versions of my favourite Christmas carol. I hope you enjoy.
Kings College Choir:
Tara Community News
Second Hand Uniforms Required
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Tara Dads Picnic - Fagan Park
The Tara Dads Club had a wonderful picnic on Saturday 20 November at the beautiful Fagan Park, Galston. The girls had lots of fun on the flying foxes and played a competitive game of cricket whilst enjoying a BBQ. Even though it was slightly overcast everyone had a great time and we look forward to organising the picnic next year at School!
Junior School News
Playful Tales 2021
Ms Katrina Mann - Coordinator of Performance
We are so thrilled to announce our Junior School Production, Playful Tales 2021, finally made it to the stage during Week 6 of this term. After an unforeseeable extended rehearsal period, each grade made their way up to the Tara Theatre over three days to rehearse and finally perform in their assigned grade plays.
Year 6 - Let Loose
Year 5 – We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday
Year 4 – Camp Kindness
Year 3 – Snow White Rap and It Could Be Worse
Whilst we were not able to perform to a live audience, we were blessed to have approval to professionally film each play so we could later share these with families and friends.
Anyone wishing to purchase a link to own Playful Tales 2021 can head to the Tara Bookings page on the Tara website to make a purchase before Friday 3rd December. Your link will be e-mailed to you as soon as the edited product is finalised. https://www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events/
Congratulations to every girl in Years 3 – 6. You rose to the occasion with such professionalism to each give your best performance. You should all be extremely proud of your accomplishment.
Tara Before and After School and Vacation Care
We not only reduce-reuse-recycle but we also rethink and up cycle 😊 - our Recycled Christmas tree is up and we are very proud of how it looks.
It has been great to see the girls at ASC be so involved in a hands-on task as well as seeing the older girls assist the younger girls or their peers who may be struggling with paper cutting. We are using fabulous handmade and recycled creations to decorate our Centre for Christmas.
The team at B & A S Care wish the Tara Community a wonderful Christmas with their families and friends.
2021 Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN Results
Mr James Harrison - Dean of Junior School
Mrs Wendy Abernethy - Dean of Learning ELC-6
This year’s NAPLAN results in Years 3 and 5 were very encouraging. During two years of disruption, it is affirming to see that rigorous academic programs and excellent teaching has resulted in strong learning outcomes.
The results in the tables below show the percentage of Tara students in a particular band compared with the overall number of students in each band across the state.
When reading the table, we can see across both the Year 3 and Year 5 cohorts that Tara students have achieved significantly more students in the higher bands in comparison to the State and, conversely, there are significantly less Tara students achieving results in the lower bands.
These two charts represent results across all five domains (tests) over time for Year 3 and Year 5 respectively. Tara Girls (green line) have achieved excellent results, especially when compared against statistically similar schools (black line) and the State (red line).
We have already begun the process of analysing overall trends, specific items of content and individual student results to best inform ongoing teaching plans. Whilst we acknowledge that NAPLAN only tests a discrete amount of knowledge and skills at one particular moment in time, the results nonetheless are something of which the students, parents and teachers can be proud.
Senior School News
Last Friday night, two Tara Year 10 Commerce Teams made it to the final round for the Western Sydney University competition for BLUEPRINT. This is a competition where students have to identify and solve a real world customer problem.
Five teams in NSW progress to the finals, so it is incredible that Tara had two teams that made it through to this stage of the competition.
We are ecstatic to announce that Tara came second in this prestigious competition...AND...FIRST!!!!
Safe Suit was awarded second prize of $2000 that will be shared amongst these students and was designed by Brianna L, Mylan D and Hannah W.
The winning team of Wendy W, Suzie K, Sienna S, Sophia M and Mandy S, won $5000 for the School as well as $3000 for themselves by developing a product called Hear4U that essentially assists the deaf community in communicating more effectively. They were inspired by past Tara student Tracey Trinh.
Mrs Wong and Mrs Losco are so very proud of these hardworking students.
Year 7 Orientation
By Natasha G - Walker House Prefect
On Friday 19 October, the incoming Year 7's spent the day in Tara Senior School. The girls, shy but excited, were greeted by teachers and introduced to their respective House Leaders. The day began with an introduction from Mrs Donato, Mr Baker, Mrs Winfield and the 2021/22 Head and Deputy Girl (Sienna and Evelyn). We were even lucky to have received a visit from Henry, our Tara dog, who the girls adored! Throughout the day the girls participated in a range of activities, from making Gingerbread Houses with Mrs Cropper to learning about Egyptian History with Mrs Donato and engaging in Drama Games with Ms Mann. It was delightful to witness the exciting chatter, laughter and energy from each of the girls.
If they had to bring home one valuable piece of advice, it would be Mrs Griffith's motto for them to "Jump Right In"; whether it be forming new friendships, signing up to Tara Clubs or endeavouring in the endless cocurricular activities the Tara Enrichment Centre has to offer. Although 'Tara Senior School' had begun as a daunting concept for most of these young girls, by the end of the day, many questions had been answered and everyone had made at least one new friend.
The day concluded with many sad goodbyes, however in saying that, we are looking forward to embracing the Year 7's as they embark on this new chapter of their lives next year. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making it a day for them to remember!
White Ribbon Day
By Trisha R - Social Justice Prefect
Tara students took on the role of taking action for White Ribbon Day (Friday, 19 November) through raising funds for the organisation by selling beautiful White Ribbon pins and wristbands during lunchtime. The stall was a huge success, with all items selling out and raising a total of $581 for White Ribbon Day. Along with this, the Leadership Team made a video highlighting the importance of White Ribbon Day and how we can raise awareness around domestic violence against women, and further encourage each other as women to empower one another and look out for all of our peers. Overall, this day allowed the Tara community to reflect on issues of domestic violence against women, and take a stand for all women in Australia.
World Kindness Day 2021
Mila N – Community Prefect
World Kindness Day is a global day that emphasises the importance of being kind to ourselves, to each other, and to the world. On Friday 12 November, World Kindness Day was celebrated at Tara.
During lunchtime on Friday, girls embraced the opportunity to write an affirmative “Kindness Postcard” to a friend or staff member as a gesture of appreciation. The day was filled with postcard deliveries, music, stickers, quote cards and smiles that created a warm and encouraging school atmosphere.
Thank you to Amani S, Angela V, Emily DT, Emma H, Kate A and Kate H who helped me bring this vision to life!
“NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED.” — AESOP
By Dana G - Year 9
On Wednesday 17 November, the Year 9 Tara girls experienced a day of ‘Stepping Up and Stepping Out’, a monumental day of transition from the Junior years to Senior. During this day, the Year 9 girls were presented with an opportunity to practice their leadership skills by attending Peer Support training. The training allowed the girls to grasp and put in practice the necessary skills required for leadership in the senior years through a variety of activities through the guidance of current Year 10 peer support leaders. This day was an excellent way for the Year 9 girls to understand the range of leadership opportunities available to all Tara students in senior years and their responsibilities. We also learnt the role that the Peer Support Programme plays in allowing for a smooth transition from primary to high school as girls adapt to new changes.
The day was a success as the Year 9 students stepped up to participate and demonstrate leadership in each of the activities. From making handshakes to newspaper fashion shows each girl learnt about the importance of working together and the various individual skills that makes up leaders. Together with the guidance from the current Year 10 peer support leaders, Year 9 engaged in all the activities and ended the day having a new sense of understanding of the major transition to senior years, the skills required for leadership and a certificate of completion.
We congratulate the following Year 9 students who have been appointed as Peer Support Leaders in Year 10 2022.
Charlotte O, Jasmine X, Sophia S, Ella W, Angie L, Jaskirit K, Kaitlyn G, Lakshana R, Isabella C, Charlie H, Selina F, Marissa S, Sharon D, Tess M, Afraah S, and Elizabeth G.
Introducing the Tara Leadership Team - Prefect Portfolios
By Emma H, Crawford House Prefect
The Tara Leadership team of 2021-2022 has chosen to focus on the three themes of Connection, Spirit, and Servant Leadership. Academic Prefect Nara B Christian Faith Prefect Jessica D, Community Prefect Mila N, Debating Prefect Jessica S, Drama Prefect Amani S, Environment Prefect Natasha A, Liaison Prefect Emily DT, Music Prefect Jean H, Social Justice Prefect Trisha R and Sport Prefect Charlotte M fill the portfolio prefect roles at Tara, striving to nurture each and every girl's needs in respect to their corresponding area of leadership.
From Nara B - Academic Prefect
At its core, I believe the position of Academic Prefect is about the encouragement of girls to unlock their full academic potential in ways that are engaging, challenging and collaborative. Hence, it is my hope to inspire academic participation within the Tara community, which will enable girls to strengthen interpersonal relationships with each other and empower others. I also believe it is important to distinguish between excelling in academics in terms of grades and personal enrichment. While grades are an important aspect of succeeding academically, I also strongly believe true academic success is found in the intrapersonal fulfillment of personal academic goals which each girl finds deep value in. I hope to introduce initiatives that will encourage girls to extend their horizons and challenge themselves so that Tara girls will be able to set meaningful and enriching academic goals.
From Jessica D - Christian Faith Prefect
As Christian Faith Prefect, my goal is to provide opportunities for girls to develop faith and express Christian values through service. I want my time in this role to be marked by the values of love and Service to Others, which I hope to achieve by exemplifying the values set out by my faith. The Bible describes the faith one has as they enter Christianity as ‘milk faith’. As Hebrews 5:12 puts it “you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word…you need milk, not solid food!”. This is the first thing I want to provide the girls with – an opportunity to begin the journey of faith. This will be achieved through the use of programs such as Alpha, the chapel P.O Box and community outreach events, as well as Crew to offer Tara girls the opportunity to connect with and understand Christianity in an environment that is relaxed and engaging. The second aspect I would like to work on is the development of the faith. For those that identify as Christian, I’d like to be able to provide them with opportunities to explore and deepen their faith. As Hebrews 5:14 says “solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish themselves from good and evil”. While ‘milk faith’ has an incredibly important role in any Christian’s life, the next step of faith is significant in the development of their spirituality. To facilitate this, I’d like to run smaller bible study groups with junior and senior girls, as well as continue existing prayer groups. And finally, practicing faith through service is incredibly important and very crucial to the core of Christianity as a religion. A part of our school’s values include Service to Others, and I personally think that being able to serve the community in whatever way possible is vital to the understanding and sharing of our faith. This will occur in the Tara community, with the involvement of chapel band and student led chapel takeovers. Both of these initiatives allow for girls to get involved with school expressions of faith and volunteer their time to help, which is an act of service. Outside of the Tara community, I’d like to involve the Crew girls in a service activity for the community, as well as running a fundraising drive during major school events, such as Easter and Christmas.
From Mila N - Community Prefect
My vision as Community Prefect for 2021/2022 is to establish a more unified school body, further strengthening Tara’s sense of family culture whilst extending beyond the immediate Tara community. I aim to continue celebrating Tara’s spirit, strong and proud traditions, while also introducing new initiatives that would encourage student involvement and engagement, service-learning, uptake of opportunities and inclusivity. Consistent with the teachings of God’s Word and guided by the core Tara values, I aim to lead with a servant heart.
From Jess S - Debating Prefect
As the Debating Prefect for 2021-2022, my overarching goal is to strengthen the existing debating community, as well as create an environment where girls who do not have previous experience in debating feel encouraged and welcome to join in.
I’ve been debating at Tara since Year 7 and have grown more and more passionate about it in every single debate, no matter whether we win or lose. I have always recognised the immense importance of debating and public speaking, especially for young women. In a world where historically our voices have not been heard or pushed to the forefront of conversations, learning and improving upon crucial public speaking skills is integral to young women creating change in our 21st century society. Promoting debating will help other girls recognise this, and I aim to complete this goal in several initiatives during my time as Debating Prefect.
From Amani S - Drama Prefect
Drama is a style of performance in which allows students to grow and develop physically, mentally, and creatively. It is crucial for students to understand the importance that theatrical based-skills has beyond the gates of Tara. My goal as Drama Prefect for 2021/2022 is to create and establish an open and safe space for students to be able to build connections with girls from different grades through initiatives such as the 7-8 Drama Ensemble.
From Natasha A - Environment Prefect
My vision for the environment committee is to make it an engaging, efficient and productive space, and introduce initiatives that will serve the school in a way that is permanent. I believe that an important thing to focus on regarding environmental issues is how they affect people, and more specifically, us girls at Tara. For a lot of us, when we think about environmental issues we may think about recycling, coral reefs and saving the snow leopards, all of which are still important. However, as Tara is a school in Western Sydney, many girls may be unaware of environmental issues that are impacting them already such as bushfires, heatwaves and floods. Western Sydney is widely known to be an area that experiences many environmental impacts, and I would like to raise awareness of this in the school community, as well as provide a safe space for students to have discussions regarding how these environmental impacts affect us physically and mentally which can lead into discussions of what we can do about it. I believe conversations and discussions contain the power to inspire, educate and empower students to widen their perspective on environmental issues.
From Emily DT - Liaison Prefect
As Liaison Prefect for 2021-2022 I aim to help provide a nurturing and supportive environment for all girls which helps foster future leaders. Through my overseeing of the Ambassador and Peer Support Programs I aim to further develop them in order for them to fulfill Tara’s needs. Through providing further Ambassador training and a more thought-out plan for events I feel the Ambassadors will be more productive and efficient as a team. Through having more regular Peer Support meetings, younger students will feel better supported and cared for. Through creating more frequent interactions between the girls and the mentors their bond will strengthen helping us achieve our goal of vertical integration. Additionally, it is essential that the students that joined Tara recently and international students feel cared for not only by Year Coordinators but all members of the school. As Liaison Prefect I will ensure that they are comfortable and are settling in with a group of friends. As a Leadership Team we feel that School Spirit at Tara is a theme that can be improved upon. Through the forming of a ‘Tara Tigers’ group we aim for students to attend sport games, debating rounds and musicals to foster a more united school.
From Jean H - Music Prefect
As Music Prefect of the Leadership Team, my role is to ensure students are guided properly throughout their music journey at Tara. I aim to provide a comfortable learning environment for Tara girls to actively contribute and participate. One of my goals is to encourage more participation surrounding music, through lunchtime colonnade performances, for students to showcase their talent and achievements, and hence, encouraging other girls to step forward and participate.
From Trisha R - Social Justice Prefect
As an all girls school, Social Justice plays a crucial role in our lives – it is about receiving equal opportunities and simultaneously ensuring that we use our privilege to serve and aid less fortunate communities. My overarching vision for Social Justice at Tara is to inspire our school community, both individual staff and students, to use their privilege and take action in their daily lives. I aim to increase awareness around local, national and global issues, consequently sparking up healthy discussions that will empower students to stay aware of social issues, motivating them to make a positive change in the world. I plan to achieve these goals by coordinating educational lunchtime activities at least twice a term; ranging from informative presentations by a guest speaker to service activities to intimate discussion groups and seminars. These activities will not only educate us on different social issues and strengthen our relationship with the broader community, but also encourage and remind us that we can make a positive change as individuals, no matter how small the step may be. Moreover, I strive to strengthen the internal connection of the Tara community through events such as Harmony Day and International Women’s Day, both which embrace and celebrate the school’s diversity and recognise the achievements we have made as powerful, young women who are capable of anything. Additionally, as a prefect of a servant leadership team, it is highly pivotal that the voices of my fellow peers are amplified through my leadership of the Social Justice Committee. Every woman deserves a voice; thus, I aspire to guide the Social Justice Committee to pursue initiatives and issues they believe are significant, and ultimately uplift them to use their education and privileges to fight for equal opportunity and rights for the less privileged.
From Charlotte M - Sport Prefect
This year as Sport Prefect my aim is to highlight our Tara sporting communities’ achievements as well as encourage participation in a range of sporting opportunities such as termly sports and lunch time games to support the girls in learning new skills and inspire confidence. I hope to continue to promote the importance of physical activity in a fun and engaging manner, where girls can feel safe and supported to give a new sport a go. The main initiatives I hope to introduce to help the Leadership Team achieve our goals of connection, school pride and servant leadership but also my personal goals for sports at Tara is a weekly sports achievements announcement system, lunchtime games and more interactions with other schools through Gala days and individual sporting matches.
Jessica S - 2021-2022 Debating Prefect
Congratulations to our Year 10 Tara debating team of Alisha G, Aarushi H, Alisha V and Faith W for reaching the Semi Finals of the IGSA Festival of Speech and the Quarter Finals of the Archdale Debating Competition.
Congratulations also to our Year 9 Tara debating team of Georgia H, Suhanya J, Jemma S and Jasmine X for reaching the Semi Finals of the Archdale Debating Competition for the third year in a row.
International Chemistry Quiz 2021
Mrs Stephanie Sinclair - Assistant Head of Science
During online learning, students across all year groups at Tara participated in the International Chemistry Quiz. This unique and challenging competition is conducted by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and attracts over 94,000 entries from over 1,400 schools throughout Australia and 23 other countries. It tests a student’s knowledge and understanding of Chemistry concepts in an exciting and stimulating way.
This year, Tara had over 50 students competing, with many achieving outstanding results. In particular, Rebecca Z in Year 8 achieved a HD Excellence award, meaning she achieved an almost perfect score. Several other students also attained a High Distinction, which puts them at the top of their age group. I would like to extend my congratulations to all students who took part.
- Rebecca Z (Year 8)
- Lara W (Year 7)
- Grace M (Year 9)
- Siya P (Year 10)
- Daiana C (Year 11)
2021 Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Results
Mrs Cassandra Winfield - Dean of Learning Years 7-10
Tara girls have once again achieved pleasing results in Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN.
The following tables show the number of students in each band across each NAPLAN domain (Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation). The average results for the state are also included for comparison.
The results shown above demonstrate the excellent achievements of the girls. In each cohort, a significant number of girls achieved the highest bands, often demonstrating above expected growth. These results reflect the outstanding work of these students and their teachers and speaks to the strength of the learning occurring at Tara. Our academic program focuses on creating lifelong learners who have outstanding learning skills including critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communication, organisation and collaboration.
Well done Years 7 and 9, you can be very proud!
Surprise Visitors to Year 9
Sophia S, Sophia R, Nyssa M, Kate W - Year 9
Year 9 had a great surprise waiting for them in Year Meeting on Tuesday last week. Mrs Morgan came to meet us with her husband and 7-week-old twins, Matilda and Henry. We were so excited to finally meet them in person instead of photos. We had to stay quiet, so we didn’t disturb the babies and surprisingly, there was no crying.
Year 9 had the opportunity to ask Mrs Morgan and her husband questions during a Q&A session, learning the ins and outs of parenting. We learnt how hard it was to have one newborn let alone two. We found out about the sleep schedule of new parents and their daily life with new babies.
Although it was a challenge, you could see how happy they were with the new additions to the family, and we were very excited and happy to be able to celebrate their arrival into the world.
Natasha G - Walker House Prefect
In Week 8 Term 4, the Leadership Team commenced the 'Christmas Countdown' by holding a variety of Christmas themed events through Wednesday to Friday in Senior School. The long awaited Christmas celebrations began on Wednesday lunch, where many girls came down to the Christmas tables to write grateful Christmas cards to their friends or hang messages on the Christmas trees.
On Thursday, Tara held the annual World Vision Christmas markets which brought Tara's Christmas spirit to life. Girls moved from store to store radiating with excitement as they cashed in their 'World Vision money' to purchase a variety of goods. We even had Christmas carols playing and a visit from Santa (thanks Mr Redford)! Thank you to the many, many girls who volunteered to set up the Christmas stalls selling goods such as sweets, candles, brownies and books. Also, a huge thank you to Ms Losco and Year 12 for bringing this vision to life!
As we finally approached Friday, there was no better way to end the week of celebrations than with Chapel's 'Christmas Unlocked'! In Period 2, girls participated in a range of exciting activities competing within their mentor groups. Congratulations to Year 10 Hake 2 and Year 8 Hake 2 for being crowned the winners. Girls also enjoyed this special day wearing their Christmas accessory, and bringing in donations for World Vision. Thank you to all who assisted in making these three days an exciting beginning to the Christmas season.
World Vision Christmas Markets
Alicia P and Sarah D, Year 12 World Vision Christmas Markets Team
On 25 November, Tara hosted our second annual Christmas World Vision Fundraiser markets, continuing on from the success of last year.
As part of Tara’s core values we believe it is our turn to serve the community to help those less fortunate than us this Christmas season, and it was so good to see so many girls come together and support World Vision.
There were more than 30 stalls that sold an array of goods including Christmas candles, Christmas cookies, brownies, succulents and second-hand books. The Tara Community was able to surpass last year’s total and raised more than $4000 for World Vision.
We thank everyone for their endless support and the time they gave which made this event the success it was, from Mrs Losco and the other Staff who helped, to the stall holders, and finally to the Tara Girls who purchased goods. None of this would have been possible without you all!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a safe New Year.
And that’s a wrap…Year 9 and 10 Drama 2021
Mrs Kristie Tannock - Drama Teacher
Year 9 and 10 Elective Drama students have successfully completed a very interesting year of Drama, particularly the part where they had to learn a practical subject online! Impressively, this didn’t stop their motivation or energy in the slightest. They turned their cameras on each lesson enthusiastic and ready to give anything a go, no matter how peculiar.
Year 9 students completed the year learning about the history and traditions of Commedia dell’arte. They explored the stock characters associated with this style of theatre and used improvisation to explore characters and situations. There were some very amusing online lessons where students would dress up and act as these bold and colourful characters in their kitchens, living rooms or patios. I’m sure their families were very entertained.
Year 10 students were introduced to detailed character work through the study and exploration of Stanislavski’s system for creating believable characters. They also looked at Director’s Concepts and the Elements of Production and attempted their own creative visions and designs.
Here’s what some of them had to say about their experience in Drama this year…
This year in Drama was super fun. I loved how it was so unique to any other subject I’ve done before. We were always on our feet getting involved with rehearsing and performing. My favourite part was doing Children’s Theatre where we recreated picture books into performances for a children’s audience.
- Kate, Year 9
Drama is one of my favourite classes. I feel very comfortable in the class, and I am able to express myself in many different ways. For example, monologue, design and improvisation. I highly recommend choosing Drama.
- Annabelle, Year 9
Drama has been a space where I feel the most understood and happy. Drama classes have been a great escape to build life skills and confidence.
- Evie, Year 10
Although scary at first, Drama has helped me grow as an individual and has allowed me to work towards improving my confidence and self-belief that I can do anything I put my mind to.
- Arnvi, Year 10
A very big congratulations and well done to all students. It has been extremely rewarding to watch them learn and grow, both as performers and individuals. I look forward to more of the same in 2022.
Mrs Michelle Williams - Careers Coordinator
Girls are encouraged to keep checking details on the Careers Newsletters as many institutions are reviewing details such as closing dates for early entry schemes.
Careers Newsletter - 18 November 2021
Careers Newsletter - 25 November 2021
For more information please contact Mrs Michelle Williams via email.