At the end of the Spring term, we were given the opportunity to watch a wonderful Karagiozi show made by the Year 8s. Over the course of about a month, we dedicated lunchtimes, time after school and lesson time to create this production. The Karagiozi plays are famous worldwide and we decided to interpret and adapt one These shadow performances are famous in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. The performances are acted by figures made and painted on paper. These figures create a shadow behind a light reflecting sheet.
In preparation for our presentation, we were split into three different groups, each with their own role. The first group wrote the script and came up with the general ideas for characters and settings. The second group, helped by the Art Department, created the painted characters. The third group was responsible for presenting the performance. They learnt all of their lines and were successful in multitasking between the movements and spoken words of each character. Altogether, this taught the year group how to cooperate, work and communicate together.
The Karagiozi presentation revolved around Karagiozis’ aim to earn money for the small amount of work he did on a farm. In the script, he was trusted by Barba Giorgo to take care of his sheep. Unfortunately, in the first hour he managed to lose one! After this, Karagiozis was caught by the pasa, who then helped him to find the missing animal. The performance showed how Karagiozis’ laziness and lack of attention meant that he barely earnt anything for this poorly done job.
The Karagiozi show was watched by all of the Year 8s and members of the teaching staff. It was wonderful to be able to share this presentation and re-enact a part of Karagiozi history. On behalf of the Year 8 team, we would like to thank the Greek Department for making this event possible. In addition, we greatly appreciate the help the Art Department was able to offer.
The annual Arabic Food Day which took place this year on Tuesday 4th April was a bigger and more impressive event than ever! The celebration began with poems, songs, music and dance by pupils who study Arabic in both the Junior and Senior School. The children worked very hard to prepare for this excellent event. The performances were followed by a splendid spread of traditional food generously offered by the parents. For this, the teachers would like to give their heartfelt thanks. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!
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On Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of March, Campion’s nine IB2 visual artists displayed their work at the much-anticipated 2017 IB2 Visual Arts Exhibition. Throughout the opening evening, there was a constant flow of visitors from both the school and the public. There was a thread of interaction between audience and artwork as each student discussed the concepts of their work with visible enthusiasm.
The exhibition showcased each student’s development as an artist through the IB Visual Arts course. This course primarily encourages students to explore individual interests through research and experimentation, allowing them to practice and develop their own styles and media preferences. To broaden the scope of their work, the course consists of research components that allow for the development of an appreciation for both Western and non-Western art. From this, universal and personal perspectives amalgamate to form the student’s work, as was evident in each exhibition booth.
The event was highly enjoyable and, as one of the nine artists, I can state with certainty that the turnout was very encouraging. The IB2 Visual Arts class would like to extend their gratitude to all who visited the exhibition.
The last week of the Spring term has seen the first ‘battle of the bands’ inter-house times tables competition. The battles took place over two days, with children from each house trying to answer correctly as many times tables questions as possible. Each child was battling under their rock star pseudonyms using the TTRockstar website.
The battles require accuracy and speed and the Junior children have shown amazing dedication to improving their own times and helping their House to achieve unbelievable results.
The rock star theme continued throughout the week ending with a dressing-up day on Friday and a very lively assembly at which our very own Campion 'blues band’ performed live on stage.
In keeping with Campion’s charitable ethos children were asked to donate tins of milk to enable them to participate in the battles. We are happy to be able to donate over 400 tins of milk to the charity Medin, which will distribute it to needy children here in Greece.
Rock on Campion!