So, here you are. You are 5, maybe 6 years old. You’re on the risers with your classmates looking out, and the gym is full. The whole School is seated in front of you with parents and friends in the chairs at the far end. They have come to the Senior-Kindergarten Friendship Assembly. They’re here to see you.
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The Senior-K kids deck themselves out in T-shirts they personalize, memorize scripted lines, learn to perform a set of choreographed songs–all about friendship: how to make friends, how to be a good friend. The Senior-K Friendship Assembly has become a tradition the whole School enjoys, and the songs are memorable enough that if you sit in the audience, you might hear the older kids singing along.
Drama begins in Senior-K at Forsyth. Drama teacher Jane Paradise leads this assembly and Forsyth piano teacher Jane Thomas is musical director and accompanist. The Senior-K Friendship Assembly is the first of many all-school performances these Forsyth kids will present. When you look at this through the filter of their age and grade, it really is quite an accomplishment: learning lines, learning songs and choreography, using a microphone, learning to perform with other classmates, and performing in front of more than 400 people. It’s an authentic challenge. Incredibly charming.