This further project linked to Denis and June Heath through their son Philip, involved young people from Eastbrook High School devising a play for presentation to groups of primary school pupils who were due to begin their secondary education at this location later in the year.
The aim of the ‘Transition’ Project was to help the primary school pupils gain a better insight into life at Eastbrook – particularly those with special educational needs for whom this move into secondary education is often more demanding.
After each performance there were discussion sessions with the cast so that the young pupils in the audience could raise their own questions about their future school and any of the issues, myths, fears and opportunities that had been highlighted within the play.
‘Transition’ was very much intended as a ‘pilot project’ for the future, wherein different groups of young people from Eastbrook will devise and perform a play on this theme on an annual basis. Following the success of this initial presentation at two local Primary Schools, the Head Teachers of several others have requested that the play be performed for their pupils in 2015 and beyond.
A further aim of the project was that the performances will have given the primary school pupils an opportunity to recognise and make contact with some ‘friendly and helpful faces’ when ‘they arrive’ at Eastbrook at the start of the Autumn Term
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The photographs of the ‘Transition’ project are copyright to the CMMF and are shown with the agreement of the Eastbrook High School, Dagenham,