Have you had a fun packed summer?
Are your relieved or sad to be back to the normal routine?
This months blog comes from our Managing Director Jane Maudsley!
There is something superb about life getting back to normal but also a sadness that family time, holidays and slightly later lie ins are a distant memory for another year.
We have had a summer full of theatre weeks and workshops across the country and the achievement of every child on the stage has been amazing! Theatre weeks never cease to amaze me as children push the boundaries of possibility in their delivery of lines, songs and create a show for parents to see in such a short space of time. Whilst our summer activities help busy parents with childcare they really are a learning, fun experience for our pupils. They make friends for life, learn new skills and perform to the very best of their ability showcasing their theatrical talents and building their confidence in all areas of performing particularly handling nerves, presentation and teamwork.
I have watched several final performances this summer and it has been so lovely to chat with parents and pupils afterwards about their experience. Parents are beaming with pride and admiration for their children, rightly so, and the caring, professional and outstanding nurture and training given by every Little Voices tutor and Principal. You only need to look at our reviews across the country on Facebook pages to read what parents think about the theatre weeks/camps and workshops. They are not just about childcare, Little Voices experiences really are about the nurture and personal development of your child.
As we get back to lessons this month there is also a period of reflection on the past 11 years as we celebrate Little Voices birthday. On your own son/daughter’s birthday I am sure that you think back to the day that they were born, the milestones they have achieved and all that you have gone through together.
It is just the same in business and I always say that Little Voices is my second child, born three months after my daughter was born. It was 2007 and three weeks after we decided to start some drama and singing classes called Little Voices we had 12 pupils attending having one singing lesson and the following week one drama lessons. This continued and through parents talking to other parents and schools recommending us to their pupils Little Voices grew from strength to strength. The same comments were always overheard. “If you want your child to grow in confidence, be well trained and attend an after school activity where they are safe and really cared about as an individual you need to try Little Voices. You need to speak to the tutor there, she really cares!’. Well that ethos has continued for 11 years and I can tell you that every single one of our Little Voices centres is owned and run by an individual who really cares about your child and their development not just in the arts but in life.
Every child is an individual and at Little Voices we recognise and celebrate that. Now is a good time to ring your Principal talk about your child and ensure Little Voices will fit into your busy life this academic year. Equally if you have not been in touch for a while touch base and discuss where your child is up to now. Every child will at some point need to go for an interview, every child will present themselves in a speech or project presentation situation, every child needs to have the skills to communicate effectively, the ability to work with others and have strategies to handle nerves, anxiety and challenging situations. Little Voices gives these key life skills and many more in abundance through drama and singing lessons.
Each Principal at Little Voices has their own journey and their centres will celebrate their own birthdays this year. Whilst the number of years will be different one thing will be absolutely the same – how much they have cared about every single child and family that has attended Little Voices lessons. It’s in our culture to care and nurture children’s confidence and talents. So I am sure that we are all going to experience another year of fantastic examination results, elation when children succeed both in a Little Voices lesson and in the rest of their lives at school, in family circles, jobs and the community. Your Principal is there to help you.
For some children they will embark on their second, third, fourth, fifth even eleventh year with Little Voices this term. It is common for the pupils to attend until they are 18 and go from the shy, under confident 5 year old to the teenager whom you cannot get out of the limelight!
It is equally common each year for pupils to leave Little Voices for a short time, because there is a clash of activities or they lose their interest in the arts for a short time but then they return because they miss their friends, the tutors and they want to build their CV from a young age and have the kudos of the LAMDA examinations for university, college and job prospects. A quick conversation with your Principal will never be a wasted one – I promise you that. They take the time to really understand you and your child and what your needs are at different times and they make it their mission to exceed your expectations. Give them a call!
As I reflect this September the milestone of being 11 years old at Little Voices is poignant as my own daughter starts secondary school, it is the end of one era at Junior School and the start of another era. There will be new challenges ahead and navigating the teenage years will be not without their challenges I am sure. One thing won’t change though she will still be with her friends and continuing on her Little Voices journey each week. For me, as her mum, it is important that she has activities after school that she has always loved and a sense of consistency against the vast amount of change she will experience at her new school. Little Voices is a safe environment where she feels comfortable and happy. We are changing centres to ensure it fits logistically with her school but she wants to get Grade 8 when she is 17/18 and I want that for her too. She has had a summer of theatre weeks and is looking forward to the next LAMDA achievement this year.
Give your child the gift of confidence and skills for life through Little Voices this school year – I don’t think that you will regret chatting with your Principal.