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It鈥檚 Your World鈥檚 Literacy fortnight and United Nations Day

It’s Your Worlds Literacy fortnight and United Nations Day

On a wet Monday morning in mid-October two drama specialists from the UK-based company Round Midnight, Emmi-Jane Isham and Sami Cornick, arrived at Wellington College International Tianjin to begin two weeks of workshops based on the United Nations, which would culminate in a show featuring some 300 children, teachers and teaching assistants.


Over the next ten days almost every year group in the school took part in a series of workshops which focused on how drama can help enhance both language and literacy skills, having such great fun that they actually forgot they were learning!


The teachers workshop involved staff from Wellington and from a number of other international schools in Tianjin, as part of a commitment to shared professional development opportunities. Everyone got to take part in a series of activities aimed at showing how drama can be used in all areas of the curriculum, and for all children, no matter how old or young, or how well developed their language skills are. The parent workshop had a similar focus, and those that attended were very excited by the opportunity to experience firsthand the same learning as their children.


To highlight the literacy side of the event, the Page One book shop from Beijing ran a very successful book fair in the school. On United Nations Day everyone pulled together to put on an amazing theatrical event showcasing all the hard work we had done with Emmi-Jane and Sami. Parents and invited guests came along to watch their children, from Nursery through to Year 13, perform a series of short sketches based on a number of different countries, all tied together with information on the United Nations. The finale featured all of the children who had performed, all the Junior School teachers, all the teaching assistants and most of the backstage crew, singing “Joy to the World”. The happy faces of those involved and the enthusiasm with which they all performed was testament to just how much everyone had enjoyed the last two weeks in school.




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