On Thursday 11th January I headed straight from my SPS (Subject Professional Studies) session in Drama, back to Moulsham High School, in preparation for my first ever school trip as a member of staff. At 5 o’clock myself and four (dare I say ‘other’?) teachers met at the front of the school to see the students onto the coach. After a bit of a delay caused by awkwardly parked cars and tardy year 11s, by 5:30(ish) we were on our way to London with 43 GCSE drama students.
The trip in question was to see the infamously terrifying play The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London’s West End. The students have to write about a live performance as part of their GCSE exam and, for the first time, this year’s year 11 cohort were accompanied by the year 10s for this annual night of theatrical terror. Having seen the play twice before, I was able to avoid screaming in front of my students and was instead able to observe them jumping, hiding behind coats, sliding down in their seats and holding onto whomever was nearby, all before the inevitable declaration from at least one student of ‘I wasn’t scared Miss’.
Petrified teens aside, it was a brilliant opportunity to really feel part of the school community and in a way served as a bit of a bonding exercise for all concerned, even if a small but determined group did fail in their mission to convince one of us to take them to Starbucks (other coffee shops, to quote the BBC, are available).
Most importantly of all, the students were able to demonstrate in proceeding lessons that they could remember an impressive amount of the production, particularly when you consider how much must have been viewed their hands over their eyes.
Juliet, Drama trainee teacher, Moulsham High School