On Monday my Drama class was cancelled at the last minute. The Middle School Drama class had an urgent need to use our rehearsal space. On the previous Friday they skipped school with their Drama teacher CR and went to the Climate Strike. After the protest, they returned to the school and spent 48 hours in the Drama studios “devising” a play about their experience and their concerns regarding inaction over climate change. After a flurry of rearranging I was able to send the majority of my grade 6 students to their music teachers. Then 5 grade 6 student representatives and I joined teachers, school leaders and MS and HS students to watch the play.
The play was actually fantastic. I was surprised really, because how good can something be when you put it together in just 48 hours? Well, the MS students proved me wrong and I was mesmerised. The grade 6 students were inspired. We got together after the play and decided to create a presentation for the rest of grade 6 about the play and what we learned. I don’t really know what else to do at this point, other than to try to drum up more interest.