Each year, the school holds a Speaking and Listening competition. Children are asked to compete with poetry and prose recitation for the Frank Mitchell trophy and it is always most entertaining to be a part of the audience.
The school regularly hosts theatre groups and many of these encourage the children to interact with the performers. In the past, children have worked with actors from The Watermill Theatre and Dance4All. We have also been fortunate enough to have a number of dance workshops that have culminated in performances to parents of short extracts from The Lion King and The Jungle Book.
A recent major topic was the ‘Sitting with Jane’ project, this was a community arts initiative commemorating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. As part of this project the children designed a book bench reflecting the Regency period and this was displayed with benches from other schools in the Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke. The bench now has pride of place in the school’s reception area and acts as a reminder of a happy and creative activity.
It has become a tradition that every year the whole school enjoys a pantomime performance; previous visits have been to theatres in Basingstoke, Newbury and Winchester however this year we are looking forward to an in-house performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by a travelling theatre company. Other events enjoyed by the children have included an artist in residence, a storyteller, Indian dance group, a jazz quartet as well as the annual visit from the Borodowski String Quartet. A much loved Priory institution is the annual talent show which is held in the summer term and showcases a wide variety of entertainment acts from classical ballet to gymnastics, from comedy routines to vocal/instrumental performances.