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Message from Naheed Bardai, Head, Middle Division

naheedCatching a sneak preview of the Year 7 play yesterday at assembly reminded me how talented our boys are, and how much they can achieve in the right environment. For many of these boys, it was their first time on stage. The composure, confidence and courage it took to perform in front of their peers is inspiring.

While the performance is what we see as the end product, what is often more valuable (and forgotten) is the process the team went through to arrive at that polished piece seen on stage. In this case, the process could not have been more real and authentic. The play’s directors, Mr. Labancz, Ms. Trelford and Ms. Preston, sat with the students and let the script of the play emerge from their passions and interests. The boys spent weeks crafting the script from scratch, inspired by books by Mo Willems. They had arguments, writer’s block, questions, confusion, uncertainty and nervousness – but they worked through the process together as a team. Boys being themselves not only did they build the script, but they also built the set and created the costumes. It’s a wonderful performance, and I hope you have the opportunity to attend either tonight or tomorrow.

The role of the arts in our boys’ education cannot be minimized or downplayed. Sometimes, some people tend to think the arts are frivolous, fluffy or less important than “objective” subjects like science or math. We know the distinction between different areas of knowledge and subjects is somewhat artificial (i.e. they are human-made divisions) and that the links between subjects that are often thought of as distinct is strong. In addition, the benefits of an education that includes the arts are well-documented and researched, including:
• fostering of creativity
• quicker development of specific parts of the brain responsible for language development and reading skills
• a correlation to improved overall academic outcomes
• an opportunity for student reflection and self-expression

Indeed, the arts are an important part of a boy’s development and an integral part of a UCC education, and the Year 7 play is a wonderful example of that.

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