Performing Arts Update – June 2021

For Year 7 & 8 Parents/Carers ONLY

Dear Parent/Carer,

Pupils will be required to get changed into practical kit for their Dance and Drama lessons from now on. Pupils will get changed in the lesson, so must not wear kit to school. The kit will be as follows:

  • Their school PE kit
  • Bare feet
  • In the future, there will be an optional Performing Arts T-shirt available

Although pupils have been aware of having to get changed since last year, we will be reminding pupils and showing them the routines this week.

The lessons, under normal circumstances, are very practical with pupils moving around, sitting on floors etc. So from a practical and Health and Safety perspective, kit allows freedom of movement and pupils are more comfortable.

Bare feet helps pupils with balance and they are unlikely to hurt themselves and others whilst moving. Unfortunately, for this reason, footwear such as trainers, is not suitable. Trampoline socks can cause injury because there is no 'give' in them which means pupils can jolt or twist their ankles whilst moving. However, a couple of pupils have asked if they could wear their soft soled jazz/ballet/gymnastics shoes for our lessons. If your child is unsure whether their dance shoes are appropriate, please ask them to check with their teacher.

Please note, the wearing of these specialised shoes is for a trial basis until the end of term, when it will be reviewed.

Thank you for your patience over these recent months,

The Performing Arts Team

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