The Junior School was transformed for its annual D’Oscars Award Ceremony. Over 400 students took part in this event, as filmmaking plays a key role in the Junior School curriculum. Students worked in year groups to produce their own short film or animation, at various times during the school year. This year, students from other Dulwich Colleges in Asia, also took part. Student representatives from these schools attended a three-day film festival, prior to the award ceremony.
Various well-known filmmakers from all over the world supported this exciting event. This year, Mr. Mike Garner, joined us for the week. Mr. Garner has worked as a cinematographer for all the major UK broadcasters including BBC, ITV, CH5, Discovery and National Geographic on a wide variety of topics such as science, history, travel, arts and lifestyle. He worked with our film festival students and selected the overall winning film.
Our other judges were: Mr. John Hsu, Vice President & General Manager and Ms. Carol Choi from The Walt Disney Company, China. Laura Young, the Director for Enrollment Management for UCLA, California. Bret McKenzie, the comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the Grammy Award winning musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. David Parfitt who has been the Chairman of the very prestigious BAFTAs in the UK and William Fay, Hollywood film executive producer, who has produced over 30 movies including Superman Returns.
The competition winners were announced during an extravagant evening Oscars-style event– all with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Students and parents dressed up for the occasion and enjoyed preshow entertainment from the College’s Concert Band as well as the once in a lifetime red carpet experience.
Autumn in the Woods
Who has walked on this
Delicate rug of colour
The trees have bestowed?
Not me, loyal sire
I dared not wreck the splendour
Good, my noble friend,
Very good, because I, for one,
Enjoy the beauty.
Last term, 7YS studied a wide range of poetic devices and wrote their own poems as part of our unit on Poetry. Their work was compiled into e-booklets, a collection of all their writing which showcased their imaginative and creative minds. Metaphors, alliteration, personification, sensory imagery, onomatopoeia, similes and more literary techniques have inspired the Y7 to write their own poems, experimenting with the multiple ways in which language can create complex atmospheres.
To celebrate their work, each student chose one of their poems to recite and perform to the class. These recitations and dramatic readings were filmed and put together in a video for you all to enjoy.
Click here for the video.
Click here for a sample of their e-booklets of Poetry.
Last week, on the 21st and 22nd of April, the Lower Senior School performed ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’. We received lots of praise for our efforts, making us feel proud and honored to be a part of this production. What our audience didn’t know, however, was the hard work and hours of effort all cast and crew members put in to make our play a true success.
When Ms. Graves first introduced this play as being a physical rendition of one of our favorite childhood stories, we were a little apprehensive yet excited about this ambitious notion. Especially daunting was the idea of Aslan as a five-person puppet. Both cast and crew were able to take this in their stride, however, and over the course of the next few months we began to piece together both the physical and dramatic elements of this production - all in all, we wouldn’t have done this any other way.
Hours of rehearsals, both during the week and on the weekend, were occasionally tiring but provided long periods of cast bonding and theatrical creativity. In fact, rehearsals were probably the most fun and fulfilling parts of our weeks. Being able to share ideas amongst each other and adapt them to our play allowed us all to grow both on our own and in a larger group.
Over the weeks of practice rehearsals morphed from hours of creating into hours of practicing and eventually, performing dress rehearsals. As our play evolved, so did we. Our characters became more pronounced and realistic, aided by our ever-helpful crew.
Those doing makeup and costume tirelessly worked on transforming our actors into an assortment of animals, older men and women, and of course, the White Witch. The props department was able to bring the enchanting objects of Narnia to life. One of their greatest feats was the lamppost, the symbol of Narnia and the most important landmark in the play. The tech crew also provided the perfect lighting and sounds to complement our scenes, and the backstage hands ensured that our scenes always ran smoothly and reduced the frequent flurries of panic backstage to purposeful preparation for our next scene.
However, we would never have been able to bring together and organize both cast and crew without the instruction and support of our amazing director, Ms. Graves. She managed to take a group of students from Years 7 to 9 and transformed them into actors with the ability to put on an entire play. Her love and skillful direction of physical theater provided a strong and creative foundation for the performance. Ms. Graves allowed us to take a beloved childhood story and turn it into a spectacle worthy of remembrance, and for that we thank her dearly. The creation and performance of Narnia was an unforgettable experience and our memories of it will be cherished forever.
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