Future Scribbles, the monthly student newsletter was taken forward in the first term. It continued to serve as a platform for both school and community news, and for reflection on topical world events. Future Scribbles has provided students with opportunities to create and present a wide variety of work: art, announcements, news, poems, comic strips, stories, commentaries. It is uploaded to the school website and sent by email to everybody who is a part of the school. A few print copies are circulated as well. It provides everybody with an opportunity to share and stay informed. While this newsletter was successfully nurtured over the last three years, the editorial team elected to take a hiatus during the second term, and plan for the thread to be picked up next year by a newly constituted team, with fresh blood.
Example of Future Scribbles can be found below.
Future school has a Dark Room, which is used by the Analogue Photography Students. The students learn to use film cameras and use film to capture their photographs. They then use traditional process using chemicals to develop the negatives and use an enlarger in the darkroom to enlarge and develop their images.
They also create Pinhole Camera photos and photograms. Students this age are new to analogue photography as most of them were born in the digital era. Some of them get to see and handle a film camera for the first time. The idea that they have to spend time to process and develop the image as opposed to being able to see it instantaneously is novel to them. They find the whole process fascinating and are really taking to it and some of them are good at it.
They are working towards creating a body of work that is of good quality so that we can exhibit their work. So look out for this exhibition in the months after the holidays.
In the words of one of the student participants: ‘When we joined this class we were asked to speculate on what we wanted to get from theatre and some answers included: overcoming emotional difficulties, learning to confidently perform and express, learning how to be emotionally balanced, developing self-confidence, and becoming better at handling our 'upsets'. Since we have begun the class in January, we have worked on how to disconnect from an emotion that is controlling us, how to create an emotion (at will) and manage to stay in control of it, rescripting conversations, reducing the impact of bad memories, rapport building and mirroring exercises, as well as listening to spoken and unspoken words. These four months have made us more confident in our expression and enabled us to better handle conflict situations.
O level Art qualification
2017 saw the 2nd batch of students undertaking the O level art exam, and consequently, some of these students will be doing their A level Art Exam in 2018 for the first time in the history of Future School. There are 6 talented students in this group and their work is just as varied and eclectic as their personalities.
The students are expected to do 6 weeks of preparatory work based on a set theme.
The students engage in research on this topic, collecting examples from as many sources as possible.
In this class students get to watch a wide variety of films to understand and get to know the Film Making Process. They are taken through the basics of Story Writing, Scripting, Story Boarding, Pre-production, Production & Post-production. They use post-production software such as imovie, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere to finish their individual short films.