Just a Girl?

Just a Girl?

This year our school play, Just A Girl, told the true story of Eltham Hill’s battle against closure in the 1950s. The girls performed for the whole of Year 7, for students from Eltham C of E Primary and their friends and family. The performance was enjoyed by all, who were not only blown away by the students’ professionalism, but also learning about the history of our amazing school.

Did you know, that in the 1950s the London County Council decided Eltham Hill Girls’ School would close to
make way for new comprehensive schools at Avery Hill and Middle Park? Thankfully, the parents and students
led a successful campaign to save the school, going all the way to Florence Horsburgh, the Education Secretary at the time.

The characters and stories in the play were all based on fact and vividly portray the experiences that helped us become the outstanding school we are today.

The script was written by our very own Drama teacher, Joanna Whittington, with some help from the crew. The beautiful and inspirational songs were written by our multi talented Performing Arts Teaching Assistant, Alex Wiseman. One of her own songs is shared below:

Another year passed, and many lessons learnt
And new friendships earned
Now we look ahead to a future unknown
Knowing that whatever happens we will stand strong
No longer just girls
We are the women of tomorrow
Hand in hand we stand
Leading the way for those that follow
Making our way now, our way in the world
No one could ever tell me I am just a girl
Moments we’ve shared and together we’ve grown
Discovered new strength, courage we have shown
No longer just girls
We are the women of tomorrow
Hand in hand we stand
Leading the way for those that follow

Temitope Idowu (9E) shared her thoughts:

Taking part in the school play was a very exciting experience and it felt like I was performing in an actual theatre. The costumes, the atmosphere and everything made it feel professional.

Everyone was really nice to work with and all the work we put in tied together really well. I think it built up my confidence because although I have acted in front of people before, I’ve never had to sing in front of people.

It also taught me that you really need to have a connection with your character and just go for it!