Summer School

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As we all prepare to return to school after what I hope has been a lovely summer break, I thought it appropriate to add a post about the fantastic drama work that has been happening in our absence as part of the Gordonstoun International Summer School.

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Students from all over the world spent their summer enjoying a huge range of activities here at Gordonstoun with drama playing an integral part.

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The work ended with two competitive festivals of plays each judged by by a panel of very important judges (including the highly expert members of Gordonstoun School’s Drama Department).

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It was most enjoyable to spend an evening watching these productions and praise goes to the Director of Summer School Drama Ellie Wood, and all of the rest of her team. They helped the students to create and experience productions that will no doubt remain with them forever.

Fantastic Drama Exam Results

Now that the results are all in for both A-level and GCSE, I think a post is in order to celebrate the achievements our drama students have made.

A huge well done to every single one of you in Year 11, 12 and 13. Whatever you have achieved we are very proud of you all.

An amazing 55% of our Year 13 students achieved A* or A grades at A level. A special well done goes to Jolley and Lutra for their A*’s.

In GCSE Drama this year an fabulous 52% of our Year 11 drama students achieved an A grade.

We are also pleased with the AS results. Although we don’t have official grades because most students are going on to study A2 this year, 71% of the Year 12’s achieved what would be an A or B grade if cashed in, with the other students close behind them. This means they’ll be very well set for doing extremely well at the end of Year 13.

Taking the results as a whole, it’s great to see so many students achieving their full potential and being rewarded for the fantastic work, both practical and written that was created last year.

A Bit Less Roofless…

A quick update on the drama and dance extension to the theatre. The builders have been working hard and with such great weather over the summer they’ve been able to get lots done. The roof is now all but complete and by the time students return to school they’ll be amazed to see the new building that has risen from the ground during their time away.

I’ve been up at the site often during the summer to see how everything’s progressing and I’ve been so impressed by the work that’s been going on. Here’s a little gallery of pictures showing what it looks like at the moment.

Click on any of the images for a closer look.

Visiting Productions This Term

We’ve got a very exciting term of live professional theatre ahead of us so I thought a little preview was in order…

On Thursday 19th September we’ll have Dogstar Theatre performing their production ‘The Baroness’ by Thor Bjorn Krebs here at the Ogstoun Theatre. It’s a brilliantly written play about an extraordinary friendship between the ageing writer of Out of Africa, (Karen Blixen’s pen-name was Isak Dinesen) and a young poet, Thorkild Bjornvig.

On the 26th September we’ll be travelling to Eden Court with our Year 13 students to see the National Theatre production of Othello broadcast live to the screen in the cinema. The production stars Olivier Award winning actors Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear as Othello and Iago and is directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Finally on 2nd October we have Catherine Wheels Theatre Company in the Ogstoun Theatre performing their production ‘Lifeboat’ written by Nicola McCartney and directed by Gill Robertson.

On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived.

Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.