I would just go personally. Whole school productions teach so much to the children and so much work goes in to it on the school's part. I also agree with the 'you can't not do it just because you don't like it' train of thought.
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27-07-2015 17:17 #21Senior Member
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27-07-2015 17:26 #22
School Productions - WWYD?
My ds is becoming nervous about the upcoming school production as well. He was in kinder last year but watched his sister perform and had a ball. He is very clingy and shy.. But once he is away from me he just comes out of his shell. I am gently but firmly pushing him to give it a go, our school is only small and it's a big deal for the school and the town so everyone should play a part. (Obviously if he was genuinely upset I wouldn't make him but I know he will get over it quickly once he jumps in) It's only 1 night of a disrupted routine, and yeah the kids are a bit ratty the next day but they get over it and we all make it through another day
27-07-2015 18:03 #23
I would be honest with the teacher and advise that he can't do the evening concert due to other commitments, especially as he only has an "extras" role.
I would however still encourage active participation during rehearsals and any daytime sessions.
Maybe you can even attend a rehearsal?
I was active in school productions and my mum went to all of mine, she didn't go to many of my sisters as my sister wasn't too keen on them ( or so she said at the time) turns out she wanted to do them but her friends at the time thought they were uncool. She has later expressed disappointment at not being able to get involved or mum not attending
27-07-2015 18:28 #24
No one can force your family into participating in something outside of school hours. However, I would counsel weighing up the message you are giving your child about opting out (The Arts is part of the national curriculum) and the message this gives to the school about the value you place upon the effort that is put into putting on these concerts (usually tens if not hundreds of hours of work outside school hours), with the impact of one night of interrupted routine.
It interrupts the routines of the staff members too, but concerts like this are generally considered an important celebration of the school (and also those students who may be less academic and more artistically inclined), as well as a chance to interact in the school community, and as such are valued enough that staff put a considerable amount of energy into them.
I believe it is a great learning experience to see these things through, and our children only gain confidence when doing things outside their comfort zone if they have many opportunities to do them, and encouragement and belief in them as well. Other children may feel this way in sport, or in morning talks, or in maths time, and we (generally) don't seek to excuse them then.
Just another perspective.
Although I do agree, Frozen is just a horrible choice.
27-07-2015 18:35 #25
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27-07-2015 18:52 #28
Also agree on frozen being a bad choice :/ though my dd would love that haha. Last year our school did a Camelot production, it was awesome. Think it's some sort of Australian bush story this year (they've only just started rehearsing today)
27-07-2015 20:03 #29
I would tell the school it doesn't suit us and that my child will not be participating.
ETA: in the evening performance. I would probably push participation in the school hours one.
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