On the evening of Monday 3rd December at a prestigious gathering at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Liverpool, Mrs Wood, Mrs Aughton, Ms Sharp and Mr Hird were invited to the Educate Awards 2012. We had submitted a short presentation for the category of Outstanding Arts Performance. We explained how our school writes its own performance based on a whole school topic and we sent in photos and video clips of last year’s performance, The Cawdor Conspiracy, which was based on our whole school history topic on Castles. Each year group used our trip to Rhuddlan Castle as a starting point for work. Key Stage 1 read many fairy stories set in castles; Lower Juniors found out about life in medieval times and wrote a story that fed into the performance; and Upper Juniors read and re-enacted the story of Macbeth.
It was the writing group in drama club that created the original story for the play. One of the children suggested using Cawdor as the name for our castle and we were all surprised to see the castle really does exist. Drama club’s research also found out it has a secret dungeon and two ghosts – the lady in blue and a phantom figure thought to be John Campbell, 1st Lord Cawdor – all of which found it’s way into the play.
The production involved all children, not only in the writing of the play but also in set design, singing, dance, costume and, of course, acting.
Mrs Sharp said, “Sitting at the awards and listening to all the school’s who had entered this category, i did think we might not win. There were entries from other primary schools, secondaries and performing arts schools across Knowsley, Wirral, Liverpool and Sefton. But the judges obviously liked our entry and we were absolutely delighted to receive the Outstanding Arts Performance Educate Award 2012!”
Well done all children who took part in last year’s Cawdor Conspiracy. Let’s hope this year’s is as successful!!