FAQ

Is lunch provided?

No – we do provide something at break time, but your child needs to bring their lunch with them each day. We will ensure this is be stored in an air conditioner area in the morning and eaten during our lunch time (12.30 – 13.00)

What kind of breaks and snacks do you provide?

There will be 15 minute break in the morning and in the afternoon.
We will be providing fruit with juice and water for these breaks.

What are the drop-off and pick-up details?

You will be able to drop off your child from 8.50am and they will be ready to pick up at 5.00pm.
Please note that we do need a parent, or other responsible adult, to come into the venue and sign in/sign out your child each day. We cannot allow children to simply be dropped off in the carpark or on the road.
We will not allow any child to leave the premises unless there is someone to pick them up or we have been told us otherwise.

You may drive into the German Eurporean School Singapore car park to park, drop off and pick up your child.

What should my child wear?

Loose fitting clothes – easy to move about in – that you don’t mind them getting paint on. Skirts and dresses are discouraged, as they are not always a good idea with movement and drama games or exercises.

What does my child need to bring with them?

1. They need to wear loose fitting clothes – easy to move about in – that you don’t mind them getting paint on.
2. Their lunch each day.

Can I bring a cheque on the first day?

No. All payments are to be made by bank transfer to the following bank account:

Opus Music Pte Ltd
OCBC current
647314632001

Please indicate your last name in your bank transfer reference.

I have a child who is not 8 yet, but they love acting. Can I send them along?

We try to keep the age range tight. A child who is 11, but almost 12 will often feel a programme is too young for them if they are learning with children aged 7. However, we are happy to keep your child’s name on a waiting list. If the registrations have very few children who are 11 years old, then we will consider allowing in 7 years old.

I have one child who is the correct age (8-11), but one who is 7. I need to have both the children in a programme together. It’s either both or none.

We try to keep the age range tight. A child who is 11, but almost 12 will often feel a programme is too young for them if they are learning with children aged 7. However, we are happy to keep your child’s name on a waiting list. If the registrations have very few children who are 11 years old, then we will consider allowing in 7 years old.

Your child will be at the top of the list.

Will my child need to know the play before the workshop?

There is no need for your child to know anything about the play, nor about Shakespeare, when they come along. In fact, sometimes it’s better that they know nothing as they have no expectations and can enjoy discovering the story of the play for all its merits.

Will my child be expected to learn lines?

There will be some lines used from the play, but most of the script will be created by the children themselves from their knowledge of the story and the characters. Any lines that need to be learnt will be addressed in the sessions themselves. We do not expect children to be practising lines in the evenings.

My child won’t know anyone at the workshop. Will they be able to make friends?

Certainly. We find that after the first session of games and exercises, everyone has got to know each other and everyone has a friend.

My child is shy.

Thank you for letting us know. We will make sure that your child is made to feel secure and perhaps will have one adult on the team to particular look out for them. There are many different roles that a child can play in the performance and we are sure that they will enjoy themselves, especially as they create their own costumes and props. We have worked with many different types of children over the years and they have always had a great time in our programmes.

Can I pick my child up early on one of the days?

It would be better if you child could stay for the full programme each day as every session is an important stepping stone towards the final performance. However, if you need to pick up your child early, or you need to take them out of a session during the day, then please let us know and we will do what we can to ensure their absence does not limit their participation in the whole process.

My child is very active.

Great – we play lots of games and use physical drama to build up the performance. We are sure they will have lots of outlets for their energy.

Other specific needs requiring one-to-one attention.

Please email us with your contact details at enquiries@themusicgarage.sg and we will get in touch with you to get the full details.

My child doesn’t speak much English.

Thank you for letting us know. Johnny has had a lot of experience with children for whom English is not their first language. He will keep an eye out for your child, but please be assured that due to the physical and artistic nature of the programme, there will be plenty that your child can engage with comfortably and they will probably grow in the confidence with English as he/she progresses through the program.

How many adults will be looking after the children?

We work at a ratio of 6 children to 1 adult.

How big is the class?

We have a minimum intake of 8 children and maximum intake of 25 children.

What is the training of the staff?

All staff have been trained in ‘The Way of the Journey Man’ (the methodology of The Journey Man Theatre). This follows a pedagogy known as ‘participatory practice’ developed in UK and focuses on providing a safe, inclusive environment for children to enjoy seeing their ideas come to reality. The staff have also been trained in the methodology of The Virtues Project, which uses positive reinforcement to guide children into encouraging and healthy ways of relating to each other in groups.

Johnny Gillett, who is the Programme Director and will be with the children the whole time, is a trained drama teacher and youth worker who has almost 30 year experience in working with children and young people within arts projects.

Is there parking?

Free parking is available in the compounds of German European School Singapore. Should you not be able to find parking space, you may find on free on street parking on Jalan Tekukor just across the road from GESS.