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Friday, September 25, 2015

London - Pupils from Harlesden school first to win “Shakespeare” trophy

Harlesden Primary School, in Acton Lane, won the Annie Williams Prize for its work around a performance of Hamlet, run by the Primary Shakespeare Company (PSC).



Kilburn Times - Harlesden Primary School, in Acton Lane, won the Annie Williams Prize for its work around a performance of Hamlet, run by the Primary Shakespeare Company (PSC).

Year 6 pupils Ayub Abdalla and Aisha Bahdoon were awarded the trophy by Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley at the House of Lords in Westminster last Thursday.

Baroness Morris said: “Children from no matter what background can now get access to Shakespeare. You should be very proud of yourselves and I know that’s also down to the teachers’ wonderful work.”

Ayub, 10, said: “I’m really excited and amazed that my school won. I feel really proud to have the chance to come here.”
Aisha, also 10, added: “I feel very exhilarated we won. It’s the first time in my life to go to the House of Lords and the first time to see Big Ben. It’s incredible.”

Hannah Widdison, an assistant headteacher who worked on the project with the pupils said: “I wasn’t sure whether the play would work across the curriculum but it was an incredible project that really gripped the children. This is a school in a really deprived area so the award is so nice. The teachers work so hard and it’s great to be recognised.”

Pupils from six primary schools in the borough closed the two-week PSC Festival in June, which involved 30 schools across five boroughs performing scenes from Hamlet.

Harlesden pupils used Hamlet in all their lessons, including maths with a graph showing the number of deaths in the play, in science, to find out how long Orphelia’s necklace took to rust after she drowned, and in PE with a game of Blind Man’s Bluff.