Category Archives: Special event

The Other Facts of Life

We have finished performing the play! We think it was a great success, we have enjoyed it but glad it’s over.

Emily said: “I think that all the parents thought it was funny and enjoyable.”

Sophie said: “I think parents liked it and everyone was amazing at their parts.”

Mollie said: “It was good and I liked it!”

Matthew W said: “It took lots of practice and we enjoyed it lots!”

Mr Whitewick said: “I enjoyed it very much, it made me laugh, but I preferred it when you sang along to a backing track.  Singing along to a  CD doesn’t work as well- you cannot hear the pupils, just the CD.  I thought it was a very well written play, though.”

Matthew P said: “It was good, but I think it was a bit long.”

Ella said: “I enjoyed making the props more than acting in the play.”

Robyn said: “I enjoyed watching the making of the props and putting on the play.”

The Other Facts of Life

Yesterday was the third and final performance of our Y6 play called ‘The Other Facts of Life’.  It was based on the Morris Glietzman novel of the same name.  The script was written by Mrs Nunn.

Adam played the part of Ron, the father of Ben.  The play was about Ron’s younger son, Ben, who starts to worry about world issues such as the starving millions and the treatment of animals.  Ron does not really understand his son and tries to talk him out of being so serious.  It doesn’t help that Ben’s father is a butcher and Ben decides to become a vegetarian!

“Acting in the play was fun but it could be difficult as well.  There were many lines to remember and you had to make sure you didn’t get the lines wrong,” said Adam.

Y6 have been rehearsing since the end of the SATs tests in May.  “Wednesday evening at 6.30 was the best performance because the audience laughed at the jokes and they were not a tough crowd!”  Adam had one fo the main parts.  “We had to sign up to say whether we wanted a big part or small part and I really wanted a major part; either the role of Ben or Ron.  I was happy with the part I got.”

Adam’s wife in the play was Di, played by Becky.  “She was good at influencing the audience,” said Adam.  “She was a good singer and actor.”

Here are some photos of the Y6 play in performance.

Interview with Harvey

On 28th June some of the Year 4 pupils from our school went to Royal Wootten Bassett Academy to talk about our Australia Year at Holbrook.  They had included a bit from their play but tweaked it so it went with what they were doing and so the audience would understand what was going on.  I asked Harvey (my brother who went to the school) a couple of questions about what he thought about it:

1) How long did it take to put the whole thing together?

It took quite long but it was worth it.

2) What did you think of it and why?                                                

I thought it was really good.  All the schools were great but particularly Holbrook.

3) How well did it go?

I thought it went very well because we worked very hard and we did extremely fantastic.

4) Did everyone enjoy it?

Yes I thought everyone enjoyed it because we all thought it was a really fun thing to be a part of.

5) Were there many schools there?

Not many schools were there, but some left a presentation because they couldn’t be there.

 6) Do you think Mr Whitewick did a good job and why?

Yes because he directed it, tweaked it, taught us the drama and made it a success!

7) Were people impressed by the peformance?

Yes because everyone else had scripts but we didn’t.

8) Was there anything you could have changed to make it better and why?

No because it was perfectly AMAZING!

9) Do you think everyone was loud?

Everyone was very loud and clear and you could tell that people could tell what they were saying.

10) Were Holbrook the best and why?

Yes because we are just awesome and we were well behaved!


Wiltshire International Conference

Yesterday, Wiltshire held its first conference for students and pupils in Wiltshire schools on the theme of International work.  14 schools gave presentations about the international links they had with schools around the world.  The conference was held at Royal Wootten Bassett Academy.

Holbrook was represented by 8 Y4 pupils who gave their presentation in the form of a small drama explaining why and how we have studied Australia this year. 

The drama was well received by the pupils and staff at the conference.  Here are some photos of the drama in rehearsal and in performance.

Francis Firebrace: Kandinsky’s Views

Here are some views and opinions from Kandinsky Class on the Francis Firebrace visit:

“I really enjoyed it.  He told good stories and the painting was good.  It would have been good to have stories while we were painting.”  Madeleine

“An excellent day. I wanted longer to paint.”  Emily

“I quite liked the day.  We learned about Aboriginal art and life.  He is a good artist.” Jessica

“The boys got to be kangaroos and hunters.  It was funny.”  Edward

“It was good to choose what we could do.  His paintings gave us ideas.”  Laina

“He told us a lot about Australia that I didn’t know.” Lewis

“He had a lot of dreams in his life and he didn’t give up even though he faced challenges.”  Harry 

“He said ‘we are all the same’ but boys and girls got treated differently.”  Imran

“Telling us about the Australian animals was good.”  J’dante

“he said, ‘Am I better artist than you?’ and we all said yes but then he said he wasn’t, he just had more experience and more time to get better. That was a good thing to say.” Imran

“It was cool to meet someone who has written a book.”  Talliah

Book Signing

Francis Firebrace ended the day with a book signing.  Mrs Corr served tea and lamingtons and Francis signed copies of ‘Stories from the Billabong’.