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Twelfth Night – Heritage Park Primary

The heritage of ‘Twelfth Night’ is ‘Twelfth Night’ at Heritage Park Primary School – do you see what I did there?  Well it was a triumph as we have come to expect from the fabulous children at this brilliant school in  Peterborough. The children aged between 7 and 11 have never yet disappointed, and those in Year 6 are now going on to secondary school armed with the knowledge of four Shakespeare plays in which they have performed (‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Macbeth’ and now ‘Twelfth Night’ in case you’re wondering). Watching the children grow from year to year as we do is wonderful – not just to see them grow in stature or indeed in confidence (something we witness a lot during our week with them) but also to see them growing up to be caring, warm, kind human beings – they are a credit and a tribute to the staff and teaching at the school. It was genuinely heart warming to receive this note from two girls in Year 6 who have worked with us annually since they were seven:

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Thank you note from the girls

And then we received this ‘review’ on our Facebook Page

I can’t praise Finding The Will enough – they are brilliant!! They have been working in my son’s school this week and have really inspired him and given him loads of confidence Thank you guys!!  6 May at 13:18 ·2

This lady’s son is eight years old.  He impressed us last year (when he was just seven) with his immense talent and this year he was equally impressive. We were thrilled (as indeed was his mum) to hear that he had enjoyed himself so much with us that he wants to join the local  Youth Theatre. We wish him many happy hours of enjoyment and relaxation plus some well deserved accolades. We also look forward to seeing how he has developed as a young actor when we return next May – oh did I mention that?  Yes Heritage Park, we shall return for our tenth visit next year and continue the shipwreck theme with ‘The Tempest’.

In other news FINDING THE WILL now has, not one but, SEVEN new Associate Practitioners!  Richard and I are not stopping or pulling back on delivery of workshops and Project Weeks, but we felt we needed some back up. These new members of the FTW family will also inject some fresh ideas and energy into the heart of what we do.  Our new practitioners are all very experienced both working in schools and with Shakespeare.  They are scattered all over the country, have some pretty impressive credits and are all (most importantly) thoroughly nice people!  You’ll be able to read more about them on our website over the summer. But now we have them, we want to put them to work! So if you have any contacts whom you could pass our details to anywhere in the country (including secondary schools as we now have experts in that age group too), we would be most grateful.  And don’t forget, any successful lead could mean a discount on our next visit to your school!
And finally, the Box Hedge in the photos!  Heritage Park staff responsible for this, you know who you are!  At the risk of offending other schools where we have done ‘Twelfth Night’ the prize for the best Box Hedge must surely go to you.  We would have been proud to tour this but alas the Renault Clio and Dacia Sandero would not cope!  But thank you!
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Richard at the end of a great week!

We will speak again soon with more tales from the classroom as we hurtle towards the end of yet another academic year………….until then, enjoy half term!!


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