NEWSLETTER Issue 195 June 201
Ideas from tutors
Last month I asked for your suggestions regarding tutors who lose concentration. Thank you for your enthusiastic response.
The following is from Jan Ayres, in Hertfordshire.
I try to vary things every 10 minutes or so with ages 5 & 6 , lengthening this to 15 minutes for 7 & 8 year olds and 20-25 minutes for 9 & 10 yr olds . Much longer as the ages progress, after all they are expected to write for an hour at a stretch in exams so they might as well get used to it !
I don’t tend to tell students off but I do suggest to their parent sometimes that the child is tired or hungry – which often is the case, and who can work to the best of their ability if they are cold, tired or hungry? I say that I don’t mind if the child has a snack bowl or plate to graze from -this can be used as an incentive, e.g. finish this sentence and you can have a piece of your apple ( bribery perhaps ?!) but it does sometimes provide an incentive .
Warm wishes and bright blessings to you and yours
Love Jan x
When we place a student with a tutor we write to both (by email if possible) confirming the details. From now on we’ll be asking you to send an email back, confirming receipt and acceptance of those details. This has come about due to a placement where the tutor and client had a different idea as to the tutor’s commitment, i.e. how long the tutor would be available.
Every problem is an opportunity to learn and improve, so please be sure to check over the details of your confirmation letter before emailing us back with a ‘thumbs up.’ That email will amount to a contract, guaranteeing that all parties will get what they were expecting from the arrangement.
One World Club
This is the free show that I stage, along with a team of dedicated volunteers every couple of months. There’s been a three month gap this time as we prepare for the big show in June, when we are invited to be part of the nationally renowned ‘Stony Live’ festival in Stony Stratford, on the northern border of Milton Keynes. It’s not an outdoor festival patronised by only young people who sleep in tents and queue up to use stinky mobile toilet. It’s a ten day period of performances in every venue in the town, which people of all generations enjoy. Many travel from across the nation and stay in local hotels.
Being a special occasion we stage ‘The Best of One World Club!’ Everybody’s favourite acts from the past year’s shows appear in this one show! Our home for this particular performance will be The Marquee Suite, at The Cock Hotel, 72 – 74 High St. Stony Stratford, MK11 1AH.
The date is Sunday,10th June. Doors open 6.30p.m. for a 7.30 show.
Since first joining the Stony Live Festival three years ago we’ve found ourselves having to turn away people every time, such is the demand to see this show. To accommodate more of you we’ve decided to sacrifice the ‘cabaret tables,’ replacing them with ‘concert seating,’ or to put it another way, no tables at all, just seats. That means that up to 130 people including performers can now enjoy the show, but anyone arriving after that will, I’m sorry to say, be turned away.
Needless to say, all of us at the One World Club team are bowled over at your support for our small but vital role in the fight against racism and are knocked out to know that there are so many people who are eager to come together in friendship for a great night of music, dance and poetry from so many cultures.
However, the popularity of our shows does mean that you’ll need to arrive early, 6.30 if you can, to be sure of getting in. We are under strict instructions from the management to close the doors once the 130th person has walked in, due to fire regulations.
Entrance and parking are free; there is a bar where food can also be ordered.
OK, enough rabbiting from me, let’s take a look at who’s on.
George Anthony and Ayo. This dynamic soul duo just rocks the house to its foundations with their unbridled energy! Anyone who has seen them before won’t want to miss them!
Caribbean Culture People are everybody’s favourite group from Jamaica! Three ladies, a percussionist and a poet take us to colonial and post-colonial Jamaica, with their poetry, calypso and spiritual music.
Flamenco guitar and dance team Tomas and Maria Jimenez make you feel like you’re in the Flamenco heart of Seville or Granada! They are the real thing! A rare treat anywhere in the UK, so we’re particularly lucky to have them in this show!
Lydia Singer is a 10 year old superstar! She wowed a 1000 strong audience at MK Theatre last summer with the Louis Armstong classic, Wonderful World; we now see her take Stony Live by storm as she ups her game, singing rock songs by the likes of Muse with a live band.
Glenroy! A contemporary, schoolmate and neighbour of Bob Marley! Every time I see him the audience abandon their seats and start dancing. One of the most infectious acts I’ve seen in years. Reggae and soul from the likes of aforementioned Marley and ‘The Wicked Pickett’.
Lauren Holgate: When I see her perform I know I’m looking at a star of the future. She’s 16 and knows how to move! Singing pop music from past and present, she has a voice with the power of Bassey, the rhythm of Ringo and the passion of, well, Lauren Holgate!
Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself!
Sing and Perform are a rock chorus who simply break all the rules, thus challenging established boundaries in the same manner as One World Club itself. The stage fills with some 25 singers and you expect to see a choir singing Songs of Praise. Before you know it, they’re rocking as they knock out knockout songs by the likes of Nickleback etc! If you haven’t been to the loo by the time they come on, hang on!
There may be a surprise or two in store as well, so be sure not to miss this show! Who needs the Olympics with talent like this on our doorstep?
That’s all for another month. Don’t forget to let the office know if there are no agency fees due for May.
Have a good month,
Posted on June 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm.