Students become teachers

Year 10 students at Hemsworth Arts and Community College are putting on a drama performance for year 7's teaching them about anti-social behaviour and the changes involved in the transition from primary school to secondary school.'Pictured L/R: Rebecca Curtis, Nathan Bland, Sam Wilkinson and Lewisw Watson.
Year 10 students at Hemsworth Arts and Community College are putting on a drama performance for year 7's teaching them about anti-social behaviour and the changes involved in the transition from primary school to secondary school.'Pictured L/R: Rebecca Curtis, Nathan Bland, Sam Wilkinson and Lewisw Watson.

ROLES were reversed at Hemsworth Arts and Community College when children became teachers for the day.

Year 10 students gave the younger year 7 pupils a dramatic performance warning them of the dangers and consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

Rebecca Curtis, 15, Sam Wilkinson, Lewis Watson and Nathan Bland, all 14, performed a show at a special assembly last Thursday morning.

It focused on the importance of appropriate behaviour and the changes involved in the transition from primary school to secondary school.

Stephen Foster, assistant principal at the college, said: “As a specialist arts and community college, providing opportunities for young people to devise their own work about the community in which they live is important in ensuring the skills and knowledge they have acquired at the college are applied into real life situations.”

The performance was put together as part of the Turning the Corner programme, which is run by charity Groundwork Wakefield and local arts company Faceless.

And the children were also given a lesson about the image of youngsters in society by their fellow pupils.

Claire Wright, youth project officer at Groundwork Wakefield, said: “Young people are often tarred with the same brush, and the behaviour of a minority can create stereotypes that are often not a reflection of reality.

“It has been great to work with such talented young people and to help them create a performance that I am sure will improve the behaviour of their younger peers and have a positive impact on their local community in the process.”