It’s been all systems go with drama workshops at Ginger Cat over the past week! We’ve been leading taster sessions for 4-6 year olds and have begun our courses for 7-9 year olds.
The workshops for 7-9 year olds are based around the concept of creating your own superhero. We’ve got two brilliant groups who’ve bonded well after our ice breaker sessions and we’re looking forward to starting the Mantle of the Expert sessions this week.
Mantle of the Expert is a method coined by Dorothy Heathcote, which puts participants at the heart of the decision making. The worlds and characters are created from the participants’ imagination. E.g. “Let’s imagine we’re visiting the most beautiful palace in the world. What do you think it would be called?” “Let’s imagine we’ve just entered the palace, what can we see?”
After a busy week, what a lovely surprise we had on Sunday when all of the workshop facilitators were presented with a bouquet of flowers! It turns out it was National Teacher’s Day in China! Why do we have animal hats on? Your guess is as good as mine…
In our free time, Joe and I visited Beihai Park (a 69 acre paradise of greenery and water). We went on a boat ride, explored some of the Buddhist temples and climbed the (what seemed like hundreds of) steps up to the White Pagoda.
As well as exploring the surroundings, we’re trying to embrace the new foods in traditional Beijing restaurants. I must admit, one of the most exotic things I’ve tried so far was a fresh date. Although it was nice, I'm not sure I'll be having a second date any time soon! (Haha!)
I couldn’t quite bring myself to try duck heads or pig’s intestines… but I guess there's still 11 months to go?