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Youth is wasted on the young.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

"It's Awfully Hard Work Doing Nothing": Oscar Wilde

We were discussing Gen Y in care group this morning. The kids wanted to know whether they are Gen Y or Gen Z and what the generation during the World Wars was called. Amidst this convivial chat they also wondered what the next generation would be. One of my year 9 girls looked at me in confusion and asked, "Is z the last letter of the alphabet?"

Sometimes the severity of lack of brain engagement floors me.

Tonight the BA and I saw the school's Year 12 production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest', an important part of their overall mark for the year . It was fantastic. I love the play anyway; Oscar Wilde's scathingly funny dialogue, the tale of the young man found as an infant in 'a haaaaaaaaaaaandbaaaaaaaaaag'???????????? Tonight's production was the result of months of intense rehearsal and some stunning set design. I am happy to report it was a resounding success. The characterisations, for pupils of this age, were stunning and very consistent. They didn't relax into teenage mode physically or vocally at any time. Their accents were superb. Their energy levels and delivery were punchy and well paced for the most part. We were all jolly proud of them.

On a more serious note, the recent crash of an aircraft flying into the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea has left us all stunned. On Monday our much loved Deputy Principal had been sharing with us about his recent Kokoda Trek, undertaken in the last school holidays, less than a month ago. He flew in and out on that very plane. *shiver*

Another week is nearly over and time ticks inexorably onwards towards the opening date for the musical. Will we be ready? Hard to say. It's a biiiiig show. It is hard to rehearse everything in the limited after school and lunchtime sessions. We keep finding things we haven't thought of....

I'm off to cut out the lovely Boylan sisters! Fell asleep before I could do it last night.

5 comments:

Mid Sis said...

I flew on Air France from Brazil some time ago and I had the same shiver following the recent disaster - statisically the more I fly the closer I am to some sort of accident (but then I was always the rubbish one at maths) - on a brighter note I went shopping today and bought shooooooooooos!!!!!! x

ktjrdn said...

I have been calling the current generation the snowflake generation. Because each and every one of them think they are unique beautiful snowflakes to be cherished. Bah. They're not

Arizaphale said...

katie: I must watch Fight Club one day...

Sis: of course you did

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Glad it went so well! I'm trying to convince my gal to be in her high school play.

A Free Man said...

I suppose it depends which alphabet.