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Welcome to another issue of the SA newsletter! Let’s cast aside those wintery blues, and get ready for a season of Shakespearean fun – complete with our Pop-up Globe extravaganza!

News

Pop-up Globe

As part of our commitment to spread the Shakespearean love, we recently gave away over 60 tickets to the Pop-up Globe! We purchased all these tickets ourselves, and we hope our students will enjoy their gift. All we ask in return is for students to enjoy the show, take lots of photos, post them with #shac_giveaway, and generally have an awesome time! We also expect students to write a little reflection statement afterwards. Here are some questions to get you started:
  1. What were your favourite things about the performance?
  2. What kinds of feelings did you have during and after the performance?
  3. How did the performance differ from your expectations?
  4. If you have studied the play before: what did you find different about watching it instead of reading it?
  5. Has attending the Pop-up Globe changed the way you think about Shakespeare?

Term 4: Timetable

Term 4 will run from Monday 15 October to Sunday 16 December. Since Week 10 itself is close to the Christmas holidays and our courses are designed for 20 hours per term, we are combining the last three classes into two weeks at 3 hours each.

We are nearing capacity for Term 4, so if you wish to join Shakespeare Academy, please contact us immediately.
Get in contact
Chatswood (Suite 504/8 Help Street)
Course Recommended Years Day/Time

Tales from Shakespeare (Part 2)

5-6

Mon 4:15-6:15pm (1 space)

Film Studies for Beginners

7-10

Tue 4:15-6:15pm (Full)
Sun 4:00-6:00pm

Year 12: Common Module

11 (12)

Wed 4:15-6:15pm

Dystopia

9-11

Sat 1:30-3:30pm

Reading and Writing

5-6

Sun 1:45-3:45pm

City (Suite 805A/368 Sussex Street)
Course Recommended Years Day/Time

HSC Consultations

12

Thu (by appointment)

Film Studies for Beginners

7-10

Fri 4:30-6:30pm

Spring School Holidays

We will not be running any workshops during this upcoming school holiday. However, we have a list of book recommendations if you’re looking for something to read during the holidays.
Book recommendations

Giveaways

Shakespearean Souvenirs

In Weeks 9 and 10, we will be giving away some of these Shakespearean souvenirs that we picked up in the UK. Good luck with the prize draws, and we hope you will enjoy them!

Competition: Personalised Pencil Case

We are excited to announce our Term 4 competition, where three students will get a personalised pencil case. Here is the one made for Dr Lin (can you spot all the references?):
To enter the competition, please do the following:
  1. Add info@shakespeareacademy.com.au to your email’s safe senders’ list (so that it won’t be marked as spam)
  2. Look out for an email on Saturday 3 November at 5pm. Alternatively, you can check our website for a new post at the same time.
  3. You will find a crossword puzzle to complete.
  4. Send a photo or screenshot of your completed crossword puzzle to comp@shakespeareacademy.com.au
  5. The first person to complete the crossword from the following student groups will win the prize.

The student groups are:
  • Years 5-6
  • Years 7-9
  • Years 10-12

Winners will be able to submit their ideas and collaborate with SA’s graphic designer to create their personalised pencil case.

Hope you’re as excited about the competition as we are!

Student Achievements

We wish to congratulate the following Year 12 students for surviving the years of rigorous learning (and, for some, even more rigorous procrastinating) that during their high school career:
  • Anne Li
  • Daniel Chen
  • Kai Guan
  • Monica Kim
  • Rosanna Cheong
  • Royce Xiao

We wish you all the best in the upcoming HSC!

Shakespeareans-in-Training

The Book Thief

By Rebecca Liang (Year 6)

The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, conveys the story of a young girl who experiences the family and war hardships during WWII in Germany. The story begins when the young girl, Liesel Meminger, and her mother bury her younger brother, Werner. They then catch a train where Liesel would meet her foster family and live with them for the rest of her life. It is not easy moving to a new house and having a brother dead. However, Liesel had to cope with it. As her life continues on, living on Himmel Street, she meets many new friends such as Rudy. Yet one thing that changed most of her life was Hans Hubermann, her stepfather and Max Vandenberg, a Jewish boy. Liesel spends most of her excitement and learning time with them. But not all is full of support. Books are what she want. 


This Book Club course has been an unexpected but exciting time for me. The circle of chairs made our discussion a welcoming environment, in which it was easy to share our thoughts with other students. During the lesson, each student was given a sheet which contained a transcript of an interview with Markus Zusak. Reading the transcript of the interview revealed many fascinating ideas about the author’s mind. I especially enjoyed reading the part about Zusak’s inspiration of Liesel as a character. He discusses how it mainly was based upon his mother’s lifetime, living in the outskirts of Munich. Another enjoyable part of the Book Club, was how each student discussed their ideas and interacted with others when answering the Discussion Questions. This gave a chance for everyone to release their confidence in themselves and situate themselves as a teacher, appointing other students to respond to the discussion questions.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this Book Club course and especially reading The Book Thief. I appreciate the help and organisation of this course by Dr Lin and further thank the other students who participated. I hope everyone enjoyed the Book Club and I would encourage more students to join in next time.

Manners

By Nikki Qin (Year 10)
 
A central characteristic of the Regency Era was its importance on ‘manners’.  These were strict, conservative social rules, and were heavily emphasised to create security for the citizens of Britain in a time of fear. They feared that Britain would fall into social upheaval like France, which was engaged in the Napoleonic wars at the time, and thus implemented a series of rules to maintain a sense of dignity and stability. So far in Pride and Prejudice, manners, as expected, plays a main role in determining how ‘well-bred’ someone was, and therefore their social class. At the very beginning of the novel, Mrs Bennet is shown begging her husband to make acquaintance with the new neighbour Mr Bingley, as it would not be ‘proper’ for any of the unintroduced women to do so. Mr Bennet is only allowed to visit Mr Bingley and his company without a ‘formal introduction’ because he is a newcomer in town. Another rule was that if someone visited you, you would have to return the visit, as Mr Bingley did. (“After a few days, Mr Bingley returned Mr Bennet’s visit, sitting down for about ten minutes in the library.”) 

However, in normal circumstances, a formal introduction must be held to become acquainted with someone you have never talked to before. This is when someone who must know both parties literally introduce them to each other, usually at ball. Furthermore, between the two parties, only the one in the higher social class can ask for an introduction. This is why Mr Collins was looked down upon when he approached Mr Darcy on his own will without a prior introduction. 

Another rule addressed in the novel so far is the rule that no unmarried man and woman may be in the same room at one time. It was considered extremely intimate, hence Charlotte’s assumption of a romantic relationship when she sees Mr Darcy coming out of Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s house when only Elizabeth was inside. Unmarried men and women were only allowed in each other’s company in public places. Additionally, exchanging letters between a man and a woman was considered too intimate, and was not deemed proper if they were not married. This is why Jane was unable to reach Mr Bingley and could only hope for communication through Miss Bingley. 

The system of proper manners was extremely intricate in the regency era, and it can be further explored as we read further into the novel.
Have a great end of term, and we look forward to seeing you again next term!

With best wishes,
The Shakespeare Academy Team
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