Update from the ‘Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture’ NiteStar Performing Arts Program:
“Last week ended with a short session at St Paul’s with the year 4s, which was highly energised – the students were incredibly enthusiastic to participate. They jumped right into a series of our theatre games and we were able to move quickly into back to back statues and improvised scene which were centered around the theme of bullying. The students were asked to find a positive resolution to these scenes when they were presented to the group.
Then we were off for our final day at Wickham, which was certainly a highlight. Some of our teen boys returned for their final session and although the challenge of fighting the shame and outside peer influences was ever present, they victoriously rose to the challenge and showed incredible commitment and courage in this final session and participated from start to finish on their own accord.
It was clear that some of barriers had finally begun to disintegrate which allowed the boys more freedom to participate in all of our improvisations and theatre games. They began to take initiative and showed flair and talent in all aspects of performance.
It was evident both in their commitment and energy that the boys were thoroughly enjoying the experience in this very focused and safe environment. We are incredibly proud of how far these boys hace come in only a few days and the session ended on a very high note with an all in round of “Bugaloo” which the boys loved.”