Oh yes we can! Christmas panto builds girls’ self-esteem

January 10, 2017

When the girls of Burgess Hill Girls Junior School took to the stage with their Christmas production, Strictly Panto, teachers took the opportunity to include a story line on assertiveness and self-belief.

Based on traditional tales, the production depicted Cinderella’s growing belief that she was capable of being the best dancer at the Strictly competition, despite the ugly sisters’ determination to undermine her. One of the show’s showstopper songs was, ‘If I believe, anything can happen’.

Burgess Hill Girls Junior School Head Heather Cavanagh said: ‘The message was that Cinderella did not need a hero to rescue her as she had the skills and capability to be her own hero.’

Mrs Cavanagh believes that it’s crucial to get the message about positivity over to girls at the very start of their school careers: ‘Girls today face so many negative messages from social media and the digital world that challenge their sense of self-belief.

‘At Burgess Hill Girls we try to foster a happy, confident “can do” attitude which is endemic and infectious. This isn’t an add-on; it’s a whole-school message that we try to get across to them at every opportunity. The Christmas panto is no exception!’

In the Burgess Hill panto, the judges were Lord Alan Saccharin, Lord Joseph Dreamboat and Lord Bruno Tagliatelle.

‘I think you can guess who they were based on,’ joked Mrs Cavenagh.