Thanks to your generosity, last year we were able to appoint Katie Harris as our first Director in Residence. Katie is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and she combined creating her own work, with productions and teaching youth theatre groups.
In College's Parabola Arts Centre, Katie worked with LC3 and UC4 on a special production of Alice, a quirky modern adaption of Alice in Wonderland, by one of Britain's leading playwrights, Laura Wade. She also directed The Cagebirds, a moving and poignant production, which was well received at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Katie worked closely with girls who were directing their own productions including Measure for Measure for the Shakespeare Schools' Festival and the SFC open-air production of Much Ado about Nothing. Additionally, she worked with GCSE and A Level groups, supporting the teaching of production skills at College.
Established by generous donations in honour of former Principal, Mrs Vicky Tuck, this Award is made to girls in UC5 enabling them to fund an international placement and make a meaningful contribution to a community or research project abroad.
The fund was created to encourage girls to leave College not just with an excellent academic record and a set of interests, but also with qualities of character that would enable them to be global citizens who make a contribution through their empathy, self-knowledge and sense of perspective.
The following projects were undertaken last year:
Cosima Watkins - placement to teach English to migrant children who are not entitled to receive education in the cities under China's Hukou system.
Hannah Ford - three month placement with the Infant Jesus Myanmar Mission based in Yangon province, Burma. This involved teaching young adults performing arts and sequences which they then relayed to primary schools in 11 different rural areas. Hannah also visited those rural schools and taught English.
Rosie Miller - placement for a month at Wildtracks, a non-profit organisation in Belize, assisting with Manatee and Primate rehabilitation programmes.