Posted by John Naples-Campbell on 29th September 2007
Hello! After an insightful CPD on ICT and being friends with someone who is very passionate about blogging I have decided to create my own teaching BLOG.
I am a Drama Teacher at Knox Academy in Haddington, just outside Edinburgh in East Lothian. I spent a great two years at Maxwelltown High School in Dumfries and Galloway. I am drama graduate from Queen Margaret University College school of Drama and have worked as a Director, Actor (Musical Theatre) and Drama Facilitator. Two years ago a few friends and myself created random ACT theatre company to facilitate the work of gender theatre. We’re still new but hailed as an ‘exciting and up and coming theatre company’ by the Scotsman is quite exciting. Hopefully I can help use some of the work we do at random ACT within the classroom and vice versa.
Knox Academy is a great school with lots of stuff going on and am very excited to be part of an amazing team of staff. At present we offer Drama to all S1 and S2 students with Standard Grade being introduced next year. The S6 students have the chance to take Drama as an option throughout the year; focusing on drama technique and production skills. At present I am involved in writing and Directing the S6 pantomime as well as the school senior play ‘In Holland stands a house’. I’m very passionate about education and how drama can enhance learning. ‘In Holland stands a house’ is the story of Anne Frank but told through a docu-drama making the audience flip between the secret annex and what was happening throughout Europe at the time.
The senior play is just one of a series of curricular events I am proposing for national Holocaust memorial day in January. I feel very strongly about this area and feel each student should be aware of the Holocaust and similar acts since. Through the work we do we should educate young people to accept each other and themselves as indivduals.
So… my first blog… not much really but it’s a start…