Mourne Stars shining throughout pandemic

Mourne Stars shining throughout pandemic

13 January 2021

PUPILS at Mourne Stars Speech and Drama are as resilient as ever as they have continued to take part in lessons during these uncertain times.

For a short while before Christmas, they were able to attend classes in person, while socially distanced.

This was interrupted from time to time and the pupils were taught by their teacher, Clare via the Zoom online platform.

Clare said she was extremely impressed with the resilience of her pupils and how determined they were to learn and enjoy drama, no matter what is happening in the world.

In class they continued to enjoy performing poetry, s and improvisations, while also developing their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.

Clare has classes in Newcastle, usually in the parish centre, and now has sessions available in Moneydarragh Hub in Annalong.

She is delighted to be able to bring the classes to the heart of the Mournes and the pupils there are certainly very talented and are enjoying the classes too.

“A few pupils chose to continue with their graded examinations last term,” he said. “All worked extremely hard and were all very deserving of their distinction grades.  A huge well done to each of them for their determination to do well.”

A few pupils also took part in the Christmas Cracker Performing Arts Festival. This involved recoding a recitation of a poem with a Christmas theme. One pupil, Beth Neeson, finished first in the U-8 poetry category.

Added Clare: “We are absolutely delighted with her achievement and she should be so very proud of herself.”