On Thursday 16th May, Year 6 were fortunate to visit the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for a quite fantastic performance of ‘Julius Caesar.’ Set in modern times, this hour- long, condensed version kept the children on the edge of their seats covering the timeless themes of power, revenge, control, combat and guilt in an engaging and original fashion. The modern street dance and war scenes, where characters engaged in a brutal combat, were particularly popular with our audience! As the only school attending, this lent the whole production a more intimate air and, following on from our workshop in school the day before, fully involved the children who played crowd members, firstly cheering on the great Caesar and after his untimely death at the hands of his treacherous ‘friends’ , baying for their blood. Some lucky volunteers played individual characters alongside the actors themselves, stabbing Caesar in the back in a shocking and dramatic assassination scene. Here are some of the childrens’ thoughts: “I enjoyed the way Julius Caesar was set in modern times; the street dance at the beginning was hilarious and really drew me in.” Jessica L 6B “I really liked the dramatic elements and the way the play covered the theme of betrayal. However, it was sad that all the main characters ended up committing suicide as a result of their guilt.” Olivia P 6B PUZZLE OF THE WEEK THE HATS Last week’s puzzle was as follows: On a table there were three black hats and two white hats. There were three gentlemen in a line who had to pick one random hat each without seeing it or knowing its colour. We asked the third man in the line, who could see the colour of the first and second man’s hat, “Do you know the colour of your hat?” he replied that he did not know the colour of his hat. We asked the same question of the second man, who could see the first man’s hat and he also replied that he did not know the colour of his own hat. We then asked the same question of the first man, who could not see anyone’s hat. He responded that he knew the colour of his hat. How did he know the colour of his hat? Answer The last man in the line can see the colour of the hats worn by both of the other men. If he does not know the colour of his own hat it is because the other two hats are not both white, they are either both black hats or one of each colour. If they were both white, then he would know for sure that his hat is black by process of elimination. The second man has the benefit of knowing what the last man said, and that's the key to this problem. The second man knows that it is impossible for both himself and the first man to have white hats on. Thus, if the last man has a white hat on, the second man knows he is wearing a black one. When the second man truthfully declares that he does not know what colour hat he is wearing, it is because the first man is wearing a black hat. The first man follows the same deduction and knows that his hat is black. There is no mystery to it. He was merely paying attention. Results Lucy in Year 4 and Charlie in Year 5 got the right answer for which they got two house points. They each received a further two house points for a very good attempt at an explanation. Well done to both. We look forward to next week’s puzzle winners!
132 Issue Friday 17th May 2013.