School’s blast from the past with new project
FROM handwritten love letters to messages over social media, the love language of the world has certainly evolved over the last few decades.
This is just one realisation Sara Rogers and her class of year 12 drama students from Dalby State High School came to understand after embarking on a new project that required them to travel back to the past through the eyes of the Ningana Retirement Village residents.
Mrs Rogers and her drama class spent weeks interviewing the residents of the village about their lives and their experiences, before they created a script and performed big moments from the residents’ lives back to them in a performance last week.
“Basically they get given different roles,” Mrs Rogers said.
“We’ve got actors, we’ve got a director, we’ve got a sound technician, we’ve got a set designer, we’ve got a costume designer.
“And I step back as a teacher, and they create the project together.”
Combining curriculum with community engagement is something the team striven to do from the beginning stages of the project.
“I think actually getting teenagers connected with the residents here is so important,” Mrs Rogers said.
“They’ve actually learnt a lot, and they walked away from that first workshop so uplifted by making those connections.
“The other thing is they actually see that these people have the same issues that they were going through when they were young.
“The issues when they were young haven’t changed, it’s just the society that you’re in.”
One of the most touching scenes to create was the recreation of two characters writing each other love letters during the war – an experience that would be completely foreign to the teenagers.
Mrs Rogers said she was proud of her students for being able to create a meaningful, touching performance.
“The most rewarding part is seeing it all come together the kids have worked so hard … it’s great to see them come full circle in their senior education.”