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A Night In Stratford-upon-Avon…

Wednesday was our last day in school before the Christmas holidays, and it’s sure been a busy first term for me at King Edward’s School, but nevertheless an enjoyable one. Since it was Christmas, the school treated the Shells (this is what KES calls Year 7) to a special night out at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to watch a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’!

The show is based on the book by Charles Dickens, and it was a hugely entertaining show! But before the actual show started, entering the auditorium itself was really exciting. It was packed with people, and the 120 or so boys from KES took up only just about a quarter of the total seats! I was sitting in a seat high up, and I had a great view of everything happening on stage – lucky me!

When the lights finally went up on stage, I saw the set for the first time, and I can tell you one thing: it. Was. Amazing! The play was set in the Victorian times, and the team did a brilliant job of recreating the cobblestoned streets lined with cramped little houses! The set really made it look like another world!

The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy, grouchy old miser who is more in love with money than any other person. When he comes back home on the night of Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his dead business partner, Marley, that foretells the visit of three more spirits in the night. When these Ghosts – the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas Yet To Come – arrive at Scrooge’s household, they attempt to encourage him to become a kind, generous man like he used to be as a child. But will old Scrooge change his ways in time to celebrate Christmas?

To go with the great actors were great costumes! The traditional Victorian attire was amazing, but not only that, I particularly liked the great green gown that the Ghost of Christmas Present wore! It reminded me of a real forest with berries and bushes!

Special effects were also top notch; there are brilliant fog and ice effects, ‘snow’ falling from the ceiling, and even a bed that rose out of the stage floor! I especially enjoyed the moment when Scrooge put his hand right through the ghost of Marley, his dead business partner! I still can’t figure out how they did it, but I guess that’s the magic of it all! The dance numbers were also well-practised and ‘funky’, as you might say!

I really enjoyed watching ‘A Christmas Carol’. It was heartwarming, funny and magical all at the same time! With astounding actors, brilliant costumes and tremendous special effects, it was a truly PAWSOME show!

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My Pawsome Meeting!

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Howdy everyone! Today, I went to a school council meeting. It was so exciting. Another girl called Nimah, who was my friend from another class, and Miss Hussain came with me too. Before we left, everyone was asking Miss Javed ” Why can he only go to the meeting?” 😦  But then we went without answering. Two children from each of the local schools would be attending the meeting. All of them were in their school council/JLT. The total number of children in the meeting was 7.

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The place that the meeting would be held at was the outstanding Victoria Park Primary Academy. Before we went to Victoria Park, we needed to pick up the other children, then we would be on our way. Me and Nimah couldn’t wait to make new friends.  When we arrived at our destination, we had to go through to the reception so the teachers could get their name tags and so that the children could get their bright orange visitor stickers. After that, we needed to go to the meeting room.


When we got there, we were all greeted by a group of friendly looking people. We all took off our warm coats and sat down. The first thing that we did was introduced ourselves. When it was my turn, Miss Hussain told me to tell them about my PAWSOME blog. So I went ahead and told them.

When that was done, we had to think about what qualities a good leader has (what a coincidence! I just wrote an article about leadership!). My two ideas were ‘trustworthy’ and ‘involve everyone’. There were so many ideas that the whole piece of paper was full! Then, we moved on to another activity.

After that, we talked about bullies and what a good leader would do to help a person that was being bullied. So we talked about this topic for a few minutes. Then, we were asked to act out a scene of a person being bullied and their friends helping them. Most of them were really interesting. One play had two bullies in it. One bully was the real one and the other one was the person that had been bullied’s friend that became one while sticking up for her friend. Another play finished off by everyone shouting “Stop bullying and be friends!” 😀

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We then had a refreshing juice break. After that, we started talking about the Christmas disco that would be happening at our school/schools. As you might have guessed, we would be the ones that would be organising it! I had a million ideas whizzing through my head. But that would have to wait because it was our lunch break.There was a large variety of food for lunch. There were about 5 types of yummy sandwiches. There was chicken, salad, egg, cheese and many more. There was also some meaty samosas, crunchy crisps, fruit bags and juice. I ate:

  1. 2 fruit bags
  2. A packet of crisps
  3. A samosa
  4. Juice

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After our “PAWSOME feast”, we carried on talking about the disco. The teacher told us the date of the disco, what theme it was, how many places there were and which year group it was open to. We were then told that we had some homework but… IT WAS FUN HOMEWORK!!!! :O We needed to write a draft letter for the disco and make it as interesting as possible. Then, at the next meeting, we would combine the letters together so that we could make a new one out of all of them. All of us cheered when we heard this. But then soon it was time to leave.

When me and Nimah arrived at school, my class said “Where have you been?”, but before I could answer, Miss Javed shouted “Everyone sit down!”. So then I carried on with my normal school day.

p/s: Thank you Victoria Park for your amazing hospitality!

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