10 September 2018

From the Head of Middle School

Dear Parents,

Last week the Senior School drama production The Wedding Singer hit the Dickinson Centre stage and it was amazing. Packed audiences each night loved the story of musician Robbie Hart and waitress Julia Sullivan and were just blown away by the singing, dancing and acting talent of the cast. It was a brilliant illustration of where our performing arts pathway leads to and what it offers in terms of skill development and sheer enjoyment in learning. From the Middle School's Year 6-7 production of James and the Giant Peach, through to the forthcoming Middle Years' 8-9 production of Oliver Twist to the Year 10-12 production, our annual schedule of drama performances provides rich and plentiful opportunities for boys to develop the skills and confidence to sing, dance and act on stage in front an audience, or work in the behind the scenes as part of the technical team that deliver sound, lighting and stage sets throughout the show. I encourage all boys to audition at least once for a production in their time at Scotch. It could be life shaping and it will definitely be fun.

The Performing Art focus continues this week with one of the highpoints of the music pathway hitting the Dickinson Centre stage, the annual Jazz Night. This is a fun night of music and dancing delivered by the boys and the Music staff. Like the Wedding Singer, Jazz Night is one of the culminating events of the Performing Arts pathway at Scotch and showcases the skill and talent of the boys in our Music programme.

Finally, a congratulations and thank you to the Year 8 boys and staff on the completion of another outstanding outdoor education programme at Moray. A programme that contained all of the usual highlights: the character building commitment, to dealing with cold ropes, cold wet suits, cold water and cold nights. The overcoming of anxiety in dealing with new challenges, in the river, the bush, on the ropes course and even in the kitchen. Congratulations and thank you.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School