Tophole Fun in Time Travel River Cruise!

  • By Curtis Hare
  • 12 Oct, 2017
Back in time to the 1920s – students this week are enjoying being rich and posh on their river cruise. And then the storm hits…
By Caryn Walton-Binns 19 Jan, 2018
Rushed off my feet today so dashing this off in 2 seconds before setting off to teach my fabulous Driffield classes. Been speaking to and emailing so many lovely students' and potential students' parents today - makes my day special communicating with people.
By Caryn Walton-Binns 18 Jan, 2018
Let me share with you the funny thing which happened yesterday. I arrived to teach my Heslington class to discover the floor covered (and I mean covered - you could barely see it) with flat pack kitchen cabinets in various states of assembly - and 2 workmen, music blaring out, putting them together. Dramatically (how else?) I gasped... but I have a class in here in 15 minutes! The lovely men, who had no idea I was due, quickly moved the lot! I didn't believe it could be done, but by the time my students started arriving the room was almost clear and we sat up the far end to do the register whilst the rest was cleared. Makes a good story and shows that even after 10 years in the job there are still some things which can take me by surprise!
By Caryn Walton-Binns 17 Jan, 2018
What really impresses me about the children in our classes is their generous spirits. Last night, paired in mini scripts, we had a situation where 2 children both wanted to be the same character. We used the 'which hand is it in' method to choose who played which part. The child who didn't get the part she wanted did brilliantly with the part she ended up with. She gave it 100% and performed with confidence. No fussing or sulking. A far more valuable skill than being a great actor!
By Caryn Walton-Binns 16 Jan, 2018
It's very easy to make suggestions - far less easy to follow them - especially in challenging times! We've had a car break down last week, which means I'm having to spend more time delivering the letters to schools myself (with less time to do everything else). This morning I realised it's giving me opportunity to meet people in those schools I don't normally visit, so instead of grouching about the extra workload I'm happy that I've chatted to more lovely school staff than usual.
By Caryn Walton-Binns 15 Jan, 2018
We had new students trying out our Youth Theatre classes last week. Sometimes I think it is harder for teenagers to take the plunge and go somewhere new than it is for 5 year olds. They are more self-conscious and anxious about new experiences. They come in unsure, nervous and uncomfortable - and leave having had a brilliant time saying they are definitely coming back next week! New doesn't always have to be scary... it can be the start of something amazing!
By Caryn Walton-Binns 12 Jan, 2018
Loving being back teaching classes this week. The children are so ENTHUSIASTIC... CREATIVE... and a joy to be around. Their love of drama is obvious and infectious. Been driving home on a high every night!
By Caryn Walton-Binns 11 Jan, 2018
Been busy with emails and phone calls all this morning booking students in for Free Trial Sessions - love the communication part of my job, there are so many lovely people out there. One class is already fully booked and we haven't reached the end of the first week yet - amazing!!! Can't wait to meet all these wonderful new children.
By Caryn Walton-Binns 10 Jan, 2018
2 days into the new term is NOT when you want your car to give you nightmares! Last night, driving home from class, I drove over some debris in the road which made a loud clunk under my car. There was then a noisy rattling sound for several miles. With my wonderful vivid imagation I conjoured up a lost exhaust, the car suddenly stopping in the middle of the road - or even (told you I have a vivid imagination!) bursting into flames!!!

And then just as suddenly the noise stopped and all was back to normal. Jon says I probably picked up a plastic bottle which got stuck to the bottom for a bit before falling off. Quite enough drama for me, thank you. Hoping for a smooth drive to Heslington later today...
By Caryn Walton-Binns 09 Jan, 2018
Our children have fantastic imaginations. Last night's class finished with a quick, fun activity where the children got their foot stuck in an imaginary bucket.  It really captured their imaginations and several of them hopped back to their parents with their bucket still stuck to their foot! Hope they'd managed to get it off before they got out of bed this morning.
By Caryn Walton-Binns 08 Jan, 2018
In between answering emails, facebook messages, phone calls (oh yes, and preparing fabulous lessons for classes at the end of each day!!!) I've been whizzing around York today delivering letters to schools - as I shall be doing all week. If only I could clone myself and get them all out on Day 1!
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