There was plenty of excitement last week as we held our final Performing Arts session for the year. With Christmas not far to go, both Middle Swan and Cannington were decorated with tinsel, and everyone wore Santa hats and festive shirts to the workshop.
We got into the festive season by singing some Christmas songs. The Monday group sang along to ‘Aussie Jingle Bells’, while the Tuesday group covered the classic, ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.
We then continued with a very special presentation. Each person who takes part in Performing Arts has a goal they are working towards. This might be connected to acting or performing or be an important life skill, like learning to socialise.
Each week attendees work with their support workers through different activities that help them reach their personal goals. They were each invited to stand at the front of the group and receive their certificates and a report of their progress this year.
Their mentors read out some of the highlights and goals they achieved during the program. This includes:
- Improving movement skills and agility
- Being able to participate in group activities
- Developing friendships and socialising with others
- Improving their acting, dancing, and singing skills
- Developing confidence to express who they are
It was a proud moment for everyone involved. They all then settled in to watch a video of their performances. These scenes they developed were based on human rights and values, and were chosen and put together by group attendees and their support team.
Afterwards we enjoyed some light refreshments and danced together to lively Christmas music. What a terrific way to finish off another year of Performing Arts!
We thank everyone for their support and encouragement this year. This includes not only our group attendees and their families but of course our mentors and support team as well.
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020, we’re getting ready to do it all again in 2021 can offer!
Families who have previously attended the program need to confirm their attendance again next year if they wish to continue.