Matahui Road School stages a full school production every second year. Matahui productions are legendary, as each is an original script and involves every student in music, dance, art and drama. Each child has their own speaking part. In this way, children are encouraged to develop confidence performing in front of an audience. Preparation for the production involves most areas of the curriculum as students design and create backdrops, costumes and props; learn dances and instumental accompaniments, as well as learning and practising their own part. Often current units of study are cleverly worked into the script. For instance, the latest production was a culmination of a term's learning about medieval times with each class bringing to life a different scene. Scenes depicted Robin Hood (Kelvin Kood), a peasant village, a medieval market and a castle, with medieval music and dance incorporated.
At Matahui Road School students also enjoy the opportunity to perform for the school and community at the school assemblies held on the first and third Friday of the month. At each assembly, two classes present items or examples of their current classroom work. It is always rewarding to see the New Entrant (five year old) children stand in front of the audience to present their items, through to the Year 8 students who have become confident and talented presenters.
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