School’s out for summer, but not for MakeBelieve Arts

This summer has been a holiday like no other. At a time the team are usually reflecting on the year gone by and plan for the year ahead, MakeBelieve Arts undertook the mammoth task of delivering 4 back-to-back summer schools.

Each summer school was two weeks long and comprised of Year 6’s about to be the new Year 7’s so became an excellent chance for children to get a head-start and make friends in their new secondary school.

Kick-starting August with John Roan summer school, followed by Knights Academy, Sydenham and lastly Prendergast Ladywell Fields College summer school.

“John Roan summer school was a fun friendly group of new Year 7s and pupils going into Year 8.  The group developed such a supportive bond that showed through at the presentation to their friends and family, each pupil getting a whoop and a cheer as they came to collect their certificates” said Alice Edwards, summer school coordinator.

John Roan summer school was packed full of activities with a day in the park, the sun on their side for football, rounder’s and a water fight – with Alice getting the wettest of all thanks to Paul! Appreciative cries of “man that’s sick” heard at the theatre.  A murder mystery extravaganza. Ghosts wandering the corridors, alibis coming thick and fast, our budding lawyer Rayan cracking the case and engrossed in making puppets for the day, proudly displaying their heroes and villains. To wrap up the two weeks there was a presentation day for family and friends.

“Before we came to summer school we were nervous and thought we wouldn’t make any friends. Now that we’ve been here for 2 weeks, we’ve got to know one another, had a lot of fun and it’s given us a head start for when we start secondary school in September. We don’t want it to end!” said Tom.

“We went on a lot of trips, like going to the theatre to see ‘The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe’ and we even went on a river wade! The wade was a lot of fun and we learnt about local nature, held a water scorpion and discovered other creepy crawlies! said Nathan.

At the Sydenham summer school pupils loved making their own fashionable clothes out of rubbish (aptly renamed ‘trashion’) and the school hall was transformed into a catwalk on the last day (complete with lights!) as their original creations were showcased to an audience of family and friends.
The murder mystery was another favourite; with pupils questioning ‘who done it?’, the day long investigation caught their imaginations, with no clue going unlooked.
The pupils took up the creative challenges with energy and endless enthusiasm, and made a cohesive team along the way.

At Sydenham's presentation day one girl, Lilly, said “on the first day we were scared but then we wanted to come back the next day, and the next and the next” and Lizzie on the river wade said “so in conclusion, although the weather was wet, we didn’t let it dampen our spirits”.

Prendergast Ladywell Fields worked with London 2012 Olympic ‘Shake the dust’ poet Paul Lyalls and created an incredible poem about life in London.