Family Courses and Classes

Junior Trinity

Junior Trinity provide specialist music classes for gifted and talented young musicians.   Junior Trinity was the first Junior Department of a UK Conservatoire in 1906 to open its doors on Saturdays to school children.   Since then, thousands of young people have benefited from the opportunities to make music as individuals and in a wide variety of small and large ensembles.   From Trinity Teenies aged 3-5 right through to university and conservatoire entrance, they aim to encourage a lifelong interest in music and to give students the opportunities to develop to their maximum potential.

Junior Trinity also welcomes a new head, Tabby Estell, for the new term who replaces much revered director, Marion Friend. Tabby has worked in music education for over twenty years including managing the pioneering education programme at the London Sinfonietta and as Director of Education and Community at the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

For more information visit www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/junior-trinity

 

Jigsaw: Every Child Counts

Too often we hear the expression ‘every child counts,’ but what does this actually mean? At Jigsaw each child is recognised as having different qualities that should be nurtured and developed in a safe environment with fun and friendship at the forefront.

With a high volume of talent shows on TV it is often assumed that performing arts is associated with a thirst for fame and stardom. Of course, there are many Jigsaw students who are destined for stage success. However, the skills that are developed at Jigsaw are much more centred on confidence, self-expression and individuality. To obtain this, Jigsaw pride themselves on running small classes with top quality performing arts teachers who have the patience to cater for and inspire every single child.

Jigsaw work to instil into children at a young age the belief that they can achieve their goals, whatever they may be.   If they can do that, they feel they have succeeded.   For more information about Jigsaw’s classes call 020 8447 4530 or visit www.jigsaw-arts.co.uk.

 

Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Kent

Stagecoach Theatre Arts is dedicated to providing quality education in the performing arts. All schools are inspected annually and all staff are checked through the DBS. Your local schools in Kent run weekly classes for all children aged from 4 to 18 years (6 to 18 at Sidcup - no Early Stages). No experience is necessary, there is no audition.  Enthusiasm is all that’s required.

Classes run for three hours a weekend (one and a half hours for Early Stages classes, 4-6 year olds) and are limited to just 15 students. The students attend an hour each of acting, singing and drama. The classes are led by experienced professionals who know how to motivate and encourage. The work builds their confidence and they can sense the fun, excitement and drama surrounding the performing arts. These are skills for life.

The Early Stages students are trained by experienced teachers who know how to fire the imaginations of the very young child.

As well as in-house class-work, shows, workshops and examinations, students have the opportunity to participate in local and national events, including charity Stagecoach showcases at regional theatres, national performances in London's West End and national choir events.  Many of the schools run additional dance and performance troupes who perform extensively at outside events.

Stagecoach Bromley is holding an Open Meeting where parents, children and teenagers aged 4-18 years have the chance to meet the teachers and Principal and find out more about the classes. Refreshments will be available and there will also be an opportunity to sign up for the term.   The Bromley Open Meeting is on Saturday 13 September at Hayes Primary School at 2.30pm.

Your local Stagecoach Schools in Beckenham, Blackheath, Bromley, Orpington and Sidcup are all looking forward to welcoming new students next term.

 

All the Arts

Award winning theatre school All the Arts are enrolling new pupils again from September. Don’t miss your chance to join this professional school, with classes among the most competitively priced in the southeast. ATA pride themselves on offering regular performances for children and teens.

School principal Lucy Morgans told Primary Times, “We do not have a ‘show team’. We offer performance opportunities to all pupils regardless of age and experience. This year we have appeared at theatres including The London Palladium, The Stag, The Bob Hope and The Orchard and have also taken part in the Dartford Festival and the Chislehurst Summer fair. We have many more performances planned including Sadlers Wells, Eltham Lights Up and the opening ceremony at Chislehurst Rocks.   We have found that by taking part in so many events our pupils have gained in confidence whilst making new friends”.

Many All the Arts pupils have taken on professional theatre roles with 25 children taking part in professional pantomimes and 5 pupils currently appearing in TV commercials.   But Lucy Morgans told us, “What makes it all worthwhile is seeing shy wallflowers develop into confident young people which has huge benefits in all aspects of their school and social lives.”

Visit www.allthearts.co.uk or call 020 8850 2384 to find out how to get involved.

 

The Importance of Play

It’s official.   Play is good for you.   Sadly it’s not an excuse for clicking over to Candy Crush when I’m supposed to be writing for Primary Times.   A report, for the Children's Play Policy Forum, written by Tim Gill who was director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) from 1997 until 2004, found play improved children's physical and mental health, as well as their emotional well-being.

The report found that playground break time initiatives are amongst the most promising interventions for improving levels of physical activity. They are also linked to a range of improvements in academic skills, attitudes and behaviour, and to improved social skills, improved social relations between different ethnic groups, and better adjustment to school life.

Public play facilities are linked to increases in children’s physical activity. They are also linked to improved family well-being, and to reductions in levels of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.  Thus families and communities also benefit from play initiatives – and want action to improve them.  Play in supervised out-of-school provision is linked to increases in levels of physical activity, and in children’s levels of well-being. Supervised play provision also stimulates increased volunteering and social action. Street play initiatives are linked to increased physical activity, and increased interest in volunteering.

The full report, The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives, can be widely found on the internet.

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