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Friday, September 20, 2013

What do you do with 29 Drunken Sailors?

You’ll all be thrilled and electrified to know that Pinky’s class of ten year olds won first place with their pirate play in the local Eisteddfod today. Some of you may have read my post on the extensive effort I went to creating sea monster outfits and it just goes to show how industriousness=success.
How to Make a Sea Monster Costume!

Many years ago I wrote my Honours thesis on the benefits of using drama in the Primary school classroom and today was a perfect illustration of my theories bearing fruit.

The thirty minute bus trip to the theatre was akin to travelling with the crew of the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean. I thought the bus driver was going to pull over to the side of the road and make them all walk the plank when all twenty-nine of them chorused “What do you do with a drunken sailor” in over-excited harmony.

When it was announced we had won, their exuberant faces shone like stars and the bus trip home saw an even giddier rendition of the drunken sailor song and “We are the Champions!” was thrown into the mix as well. When they began loudly chanting “Mrs Poinker’s Awesome!” over and over I suddenly remembered why I LOVE being a teacher…the school holidays! (Just joking)

After arriving back at school the kids clambered off and raced ahead of me to the classroom. I expected to see them jumping around the class like mad things but when I arrived at the room they were sitting silently and unusually still at their desks. As I entered the room the entire class burst into thunderous applause.

How to make a teacher feel appreciated huh?

Anyway, I won’t hold you up tonight as firstly, it’s FRIDAY!! Secondly it’s the first day of the school holidays tomorrow… oh joy! And thirdly… Pinky’s off to have a well-earned drink! XX