LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively

At the start of Grade 12, I was part of the student directed performance Antigone. Despite having some experience in High School productions, being a part of Antigone was still a completely new experience for me, being that it was student-led as opposed to teacher-led. The COVID pandemic had a great impact on school life in general, but particularly on theatre performances. This year, the usually large High School production had to be divided into smaller productions, with smaller casts to comply with the COVID regulation protocols  There were four shows in total. I was really excited to have auditioned and been given a speaking role in the play, Antigone. Student-led productions are a lot more hands-on for the whole cast compared to the productions put on by the teachers, like In The Heart Of Robin Hood. We were often asked by the Director, as cast members, to devise our own scenes, enabling us to create intricate motifs and movements. Afterwards, we would all come together and try to create a nice, cohesive moment. We were all required to collaborate well, being respectful of all contributions from the cast and collectively decided on the direction of the play. It was important to recognise that each member brought something new to the group. Bouncing ideas off each other was an effective way to problem solve any issues we had, trying to create a specific intention.

PW Reflection 2

The group I joined planned to travel to Jaipur to help teach at I-Indias school institution. It was a really disadvantaged community. I-India is a GC which works towards giving street kids a proper education. I joined a group of 4 who had already started planning for the trip to Jaipur. We were quite a well-organised group that worked well and communicated effectively with each other. The workload was divided equally amongst members and we were able to meet deadlines and submit all necessary documents on time. However, as I joined this pre-existing group late, I did initially face some challenges and found it awkward to find my place as a useful member. I felt lost as I didn’t know what stage they were at or what still needed to be completed. I lacked confidence in my ability to add value to the team. 

Owing to my reluctance to use social media, communication was also a bit of an issue for me in the beginning. The group used Instagram as the main platform to share information and until I brought myself up to speed on how to use it properly, I was missing out on a lot of important information. Understandably, this was a source of frustration for the group as they assumed I was getting messages. Equally, it was frustrating to me because I wasn’t aware that this was how communication was being distributed. I was more comfortable with WhatsApp and thought this was how the group would communicate. As they were able to find my instagram account (that I never use!) and add me, they assumed I was checking it regularly and read the posts.

From this experience I have learnt that I need to be a better communicator and become more familiar with social media applications. 

Learning About The Disabilities

LO2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

  • Learnt about the different disabilities children may posses:
    • include symptoms and what the best way to help them is.
    • Helps us improve our skills in how to best support the children and their needs