15 February 2013
Confidence in children is, without doubt, one of the fundamental building blocks to success. I am frequently impressed with how at ease the children appear to be on the stage, an experience many adults would find uncomfortable – me included!
Whether they are performing in a Class Assembly, playing a musical instrument, reading from the Bible, or collecting a certificate, the pupils exude an air of confidence I wish I had when I was their age. When I chat with the children about what it feels like to be on the stage, they all express how much fun they have had performing to their audience. Just this morning, 3H’s Assembly on Makaton had the children singing an unaccompanied song to an audience of approximately 400 people!
This confidence is frequently commented on by visitors to the School and Headteachers of the secondary schools to which our pupils transfer. Confidence is a life skill which Croft pupils take with them along their learning journey in the ever changing 21st century. It does not come naturally to us all, but with practice, boundaries are slowly eroded and progress made. From Pre-Reception, the children experience performing on the stage so when they reach Year 6 they are unfazed.
The next Half of Term will see many of our pupils relishing these opportunities and I watch with admiration and pride as the pupils perform to the assembled audiences. To quote Stratford’s very own William Shakespeare, All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
I wish you all a very enjoyable and relaxing Half Term holiday.