Fitzwaryn pupils were over the moon when they were invited to attend a day of Shakespeare at 10 Downing Street recently. They were chosen as one of only 11 schools nationally because of the work that they do each year with The Shakespeare for Schools Festival.
The pupils posed for pictures in front of the famous black door at Number 10 before going through it to be greeted by staff from Downing Street and Shakespeare for Schools.
(left – right) Clare Offill (Teaching Assistant) , Jenny Garratt (Teacher) Lily Moss, Skye Furze, Jacob Hodgson, Kaya Bennett, Callum Butler (and Fitz the Bear), Evan Moody, Oliver Crook, Ella Hendy, Stephanie Coneboy (Headteacher) , Lucy Howard (Teaching Assistant).
The day was full of activity which saw more than a hundred young people from schools across the UK united in workshops, exploring questions around leadership and power in the renowned rooms of Downing Street.
At the end of the day the pupils were treated to a tour of Downing Street including the chance to sit around the cabinet table.
Lily Moss, aged 12 years got such a surprise after she had chosen to sit in David Cameron’s chair when he walked into the room!
The pupils were able to ask questions of the former Prime Minister before meeting Ed Vaizey the MP for Wantage and Didcot.
It certainly was an amazing day for everyone involved. Headteacher Stephanie Coneboy said ‘I am so very proud of the pupils at Fitzwaryn and all that they achieve. To be invited to such a significant occasion was a real honour for the school and recognition of the work that we do with national organisations such as Shakespeare for Schools. The pupils were a credit to the school and their families on the day; it will be a day that will never be forgotten’
Skye Furze, aged 12 years said ‘It was fun when we played the games with Nicki and Jo, it was a great day’
In November 2015, the pupils performed ‘Romeo and Juliet’ alongside other local schools at Headington Theatre Oxford. Work towards this year’s performance of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will commence early into the new academic year, culminating in a performance at Headington Theatre on 10th November 2016.
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