British School of Tenerife
KEY STAGE 3 NEWSLETTER 4 -TRINITY SITE
DATES FOR MARCH/APRIL
LAMDA Exams: 8th - 11th April
Options: Y9 Option choices should be completed by Friday 11th April.
Music: On the 13th March a professional musician will attend school to give students lessons in playing percussion instruments.
World Book Day Follow Up: In March students will be involved in attending the La Luz site to read the books created on World Book Day to younger students. The students involved and the date will be confirmed in a letter closer to the date.
Rugby: Students in Year 8 and Year 9 have been practicing rugby this month in sports and at the end of March they will be participating in a tournament at the local sports centre. This will also be during their sports lessons.
Excursion Tree Planting
On Thursday 20th February Year 7 students participated in a tree planting excursion high above La Oratava. The day was excellently organsied by the Lions Club and supported by many local volunteers. Many different schools attended and many new Canarian Pines were planted by students to replace the American Pines blown down in strong winds. The Canarian Pines have a much stronger root system that allows them to withstand the strong winds.
This month's assembly was run by members of our school council. They also organised the entire event.
• The Year 9 members were in charge of printing and laminating all of the certificates.
• The Year 8 girls were in charge of writing all of the certificates.
• The Year 8 boys were in charge of leading the assembly and reading out all of the names.
• The Year 7 members were in charge of actually issuing the certificates and shaking the student's hands.
It was an extremely successful day and school council will continue to become more involved in school events in the near future.
February also saw another very exciting School Disco for students from Y7 to Y9. There was a very good turn out and a lot of money was raised for the upcoming Sixth Form Leavers Ball. As usual we would like to thank the teachers who attended for making this a safe and fun night and of course Mr Arthur for being our DJ for the evening. The students really enjoyed the night.
LAMDA EXAMS: 8th - 11th April
Across the senior school, 72 students are preparing for LAMDA examinations in both ‘Using Spoken English' and ‘Acting'. In April we are excited to be welcoming, for now the sixth year, an examiner from the UK who will come and watch our students perform their individual and paired performances and listen to their rehearsed speeches on a variety of topics. LAMDA stands for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is in the top three drama schools in the UK. To work all the way through LAMDA qualifications is a real achievement and we wish all of our students the very best of luck in these examinations.
Bouncers performed at Trinity
Year 10 Drama GCSE class came to the Trinity Site to perform their first piece of scripted coursework which was an extract from the John Godber play, ‘Bouncers'. In this play Godber manages to capture a ‘vision of the 80's urban nightlife'. The piece is a hysterically funny observation of how people behave when they go out for an evening and offers the opportunity for multi- rolling as the ‘bouncers' become all of the customers in their nightclub. The most hilarious part had to be the moment when the boys played a group of girls in the hairdressers, getting ready for their big night out. Parents, teachers and students in year 8 and 9 were amazed at how brave the performances were as the girls bravely took on male roles and the boys grabbed their handbags and ladies magazines in their depiction of the opposite gender. The pieces were performed on the stage in the drama studio at Trinity and were inspiring for our year nines who are considering whether Drama is going to feature in their choices for next year. Well done for all involved.
Tenerife Young People's Theatre is thriving and we are busily juggling a number of different projects. One of the most exciting projects for the oldest group is the upcoming performance of a play called ‘Additional Dialogue' by Catherine Shelton. The play explores the challenges of putting on a performance of William Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet'. The offstage drama proves to be just as dramatic as the events of the play itself as friendships, hormones and ex-boyfriends interfere with the rehearsals for the play- within- a -play.
TYPT runs on a Monday for years 5 to 7 and on a Tuesday for years 8 to 10. Anyone is welcome to join us or simply come to watch what we are doing. This includes any parents who wish to have a clearer idea of Drama and its important place in the creative education of our young people.
Additional Dialogue is to be performed in the Casa de la Cultura at the end of May.
WORLD BOOK DAY 27th February
On 27th February all of KS2 and KS3 combined forces for a project for World Book Day. 10 mixed groups from Y5 to Y9 actually created children's books. The event was a great exercise in team work and cooperation and it was fantastic to see so many students of different ages working together. Keep an eye on our website to see pictures of the event.
On the last day of this half term students from KS3 were given the opportunity to dress up in Carnival costumes and enjoy a parade around the playground. As always the students dressed in many different colours and outfits and some of the costumes showed great imagination.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter. Have a wonderful Carnival!