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Students take a step back in time

IT is not every day that you get to dress up as a hero from the pages of history.

But this was exactly the case for 42 students from St Cuthbert’s Catholic School when they participated in the school’s biennial ‘Night of the Notables’ event.

Held in early November as the conclusion of a term-long project, Night of the Notables saw grade five and six students dress up as their chosen historic character.

Scientist Isaac Newton, Internet luminary Gabe Newell and famous sporting personalities such as Bethany Hamilton-Dirks and Tony Lockett were among the public figures to make an appearance.

“The Night of the Notables experience takes the students into the lives of someone who was eminent,” St Cuthbert’s Catholic School HPE and enrichment coordinator Sandy Clark said.

“The students are involved in a deep and broad study of one notable person, researching what influences made him or her famous, what difficulties she/he endured and what drove that person to become notable.”

Ms Clark said the project was open to interpretation, which allowed the students to “delve into” their notable’s life.

“The notable is also an entry point for the student to discover a period in history and learn about the cultural and social values of the time and invariably compare and contrast these to their own,” she said.

“The most striking and pleasing aspect of the Night of the Notables is when the student starts to become more and more knowledgeable of their notable compared to the teachers and parents around them.

“They can then take on the role of educator, through which they impart all they have learned.

“Family members and teachers are often astounded by what they have discovered during their journey.”

Caption: Sian Daley doing her best Audrey Hepburn impersonation during St Cuthbert’s Night of the Notables event.