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Following the success of our collaboration with Thurrock Music Services last summer we re-booked Sarah Stuchfield and her amazing Gamelan orchestra for an in-depth project in year 4. Each class worked on a performance using traditional style Javanese puppetry accompanied by the unique sound of the Gamelan. Children who played at the summer festivals had another go and there was as a chance for those who have not tried it before to have this experience. We also ran sessions for staff and parents. The three concerts tell stories about  the mouse deer Kancil, using shadow puppets with dialogue improvised by the children and accompanied by the Gamelan instruments. Every child made a puppet, every child played an instrument and every child had a speaking part. Well done children and staff. Woodside Academy is grateful for the financial support of the Indonesian embassy for this project and to Sarah Stuchfield for giving the children a once in a lifetime experience. Children gave three magical evening performances:


  • Tuesday 11th December 12th  7.00 pm

4D   Kancil's Gifts

  • Tuesday 12th December 13th 7.00 pm

4K  Kancil's Christmas Tree

  • Thursday 13th December 7.00 pm

4M  Kancil's Christmas Feast


Performances were in our studio with parents sitting around the performers , and began and ended with some of our favourite carols..