The past few weeks have been swallowed up by total immersion in the shifting tides at Forbury School.
At present we are waiting waiting to see whether the school will close and merge with MacAndrew Intermediate. This has had a major impact on the community - consequently we had a large march down George St to the Octagon to voice our opposition to this possibility. Story here
This term my challenge has been to learn the names of every student in the school - I reckon I'm sitting at 70% of 145 at this point - it has made a huge difference in the interaction with the children. The whole school has embraced the theme of Oceans this term - awesome!
This phase (5months) of the project wraps up with a showing in the school hall on the last day of term.
It will be an ecstatic-celebratory- fish swishing- rolling- crashing-popping-whispering-roaring, full school choreography!
One of the pieces I am choreographing for the Brass Band concert is to a Gareth Farr work Waipiro - grand oceanic and beautiful - a group have been working after school to achieve more complex choreography. There will be about 16 of them. Joining them will be Rasa Dance Company and a savvy group of dancers doing surf life saving choreography.