Albany Academy’s GCSE Drama students got the opportunity to perform to a live audience as they showcased their talents to Year 5 and 6 students from St James’ Primary School on the 29th and 30th November.
The students performed 20 minute plays that were designed to be fun, engaging and educational to Key stage 2 children. The plays proved to be thought provoking with topics such as loneliness at Christmas, the titanic disaster, how technology is affecting young people’s lives and the importance of friendship. The moderated performance will go towards 60% of their final GCSE grade.
Drama teacher, Miss Schumacher, said, “It’s always a pleasure to have St James’ Primary visit Albany as the enthusiasm and audience participation from pupils and staff is fantastic. Having a live theatre audience to watch the performance is a valuable experience for year 11’s as they really do put 110% into their acting and enjoy the experience sometimes even forgetting it is for their GCSE performance grade. This has resulted in some of the highest results I have seen and it is pleasing for myself and the students to know that the pupils of St James’ enjoyed their visit to Albany. The final moderation in April I am sure will be one to watch out for. Well done Year 11!!”
The plays were well received by the students from St James’ primary school who had visited Albany the previous year to watch the 2015 moderated performances. The Year 6 class from St James’ primary had also worked in partnership with Albany students during the summer term to bring their geography lessons to life. Claire Greenway, Headteacher at St James’ primary school, said, “The children had a wonderful time. The themes were thought provoking and the experience helped to inspire our own pupils about how they can achieve through drama also.”