Miss Dunn (Head of Department)
Drama is currently taught to pupils in Year 8 and 9. They receive one 45 minute period each week. The drama course covers theoretical and practical elements. Pupils will study:
Design – Costume, Set, Sound, Lighting
Creation – devising and script writing
The benefits of studying drama
Drama is a fantastic subject for all pupils to study. There is something for everyone due to the many roles involved. Through the study of drama, pupils are able to grown in confidence, become better communicators and develop empathy and understanding.
Drama allows pupils to explore their personality and try new things in a safe environment. It enables them to consider different viewpoints by looking at the motivations of characters through activities like ‘thought tracking’, ‘conscience alley’ and ‘hot seating’.
Homework and Assessment
Pupils will complete a variety of homework tasks throughout the year. This includes research, design, writing and line learning. Pupils will receive one homework a month.
Pupils will be assessed through written exam and practical performance.
A weekly drama club is held in the LDT and led by Miss Dunn for pupils in all year groups who are interested in drama. We play lots of drama games, have mini competitions and work on our performance skills. We look forward to being able to resume this as soon as possible.
Working with outside agencies
In 2019-2020, Year 9 worked with ‘Terra Nova Productions’, in conjunction with North Down and Ards Borough Council on ‘No Hate Here’. This was a project aimed at tackling Hate Crime. There were four schools involved in the project with each school given a different perspective to consider. We were looking at the PSNI perspective while others looked at the community, the perpetrator and the victim. Pupils had the opportunity to explore the theme of Hate Crime and from this, they were able to contribute ideas and devise their own performance.
Pupils were due to visit the three other schools to perform culminating in a final performance at The Queen’s Hall in Newtownards. Unfortunately, this was put on hold due to Covid-19 but we look forward to resuming this project as soon as possible.