Star truns;Arts in Scotland;Interview;Margaret Robinson

1st May 1998 at 01:00
School: Musselburgh Burgh Primary. 291 pupils, P4-P6 involved. Headteacher Margaret Robinson.

What was the best arts event to visit your school in the past year? We've had Scottish Opera twice and they were excellent, but we also had a splendid visit from the drama students of Edinburgh's Telford College - its theatre skills group.

How did you hear about them?

They contacted us.

What did they do? A performance devised by the students and based on the book Bill's New Frock by Anne (Madame Doubtfire) Fine. It deals with sexism, what a woman's place is or should be, and a man's.

Did you do any preparation beforehand? We discussed the book with the children.

Did you do any follow-up work? Again, discussion of the book and the issues involved.

What did the visit cost?

It was free, because it was part of the students' assessment.

What was so good about them? Their freshness, enthusiasm and directness. The children were just mesmerised. There was no scenery as such, but they brought their own props. I think the main thing was the freshness, because they are young and it is all new and exciting for them - they are not seasoned performers.

How relevant was the visit to the curriculum? To the personal and social development strand, it was immediately relevant, raising issues that need to be aired and the performance just hit the nail on the head.

Telford College, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 332 2491

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now