Members of the Millfield’s Sixth Form EAGLES programme have worked with local pupils from Elmhurst Junior School and St Dunstan’s drama pupils on a Christmas production. The show included a short, modern adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ by St Dunstan’s and Millfield, followed by a Carol Concert of 75 pupils from Elmhurst, led by Millfield Sixth Form pupils.
Held at Millfield’s Meyer Theatre on Monday 4 December, the performance showcased the talents of local pupils to a packed audience of families, friends and staff from all three schools. The event offered a great opportunity for the local schools to work together on a collaborative project.
The production was conceived by Millfield’s Assistant Head (Sixth Form), Chantal Bowring and members of staff from all three schools. Both Elmhurst’s Year 3 students and 15 St Dunstan’s Year 7-10 students joined Millfield pupils and music and drama teachers, rehearsing the production both at Millfield and at their own school once a week.
The project is part of the EAGLES programme created by Chantal Bowring, which gives Millfield pupils the opportunity to work with local, national and international communities, through volunteering, leading, and participating in a wide variety of projects.
Assistant Head (Sixth Form) Chantal Bowring, says: “We are delighted to see the relationship between our three schools grow, and are now looking ahead to plans to work with both schools on a range of projects, including sport and creative writing. If young people get inspiration and aspirations to go on and try something that they might never have thought of, I see that as a great
St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Keith Howard, says, “It has been fantastic to see our students working with Millfield pupils on the first of many collaborative activities that are planned. The students have enjoyed developing their drama skills with Millfield pupils over the last term and the performance showcased their excellent work. We are very proud of their achievements.”
Head Teacher of Elmhurst Junior School, Tracy Edwards, says, “The key point of the project for us was allowing our children the opportunity to see what could be. It’s just lovely to see our children, boys and girls from across the school, being inspired by the pupils at Millfield to further themselves and get involved in creative projects.“
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