Why the the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts has transformed our Saturday afternoons
Back in September of last year, our Mini Mumbler joined PQA. You can read all about why she chose to go there and how she got on in her first week here
Well she’s 3 months in now, so we thought we’d share an update on her journey.
Today was a big day for her, after spending her first 3 months in Poppets (the starter group for the younger ones), she turned 6 at Christmas so it meant it was time for her to join the older ones. We can’t begin to tell you how much she has missed going during the holidays, this can be seen on the right when we came from the kitchen earlier, only to find her sat on the stairs waiting to go.
From the moment she walked through the door she has loved it! Each Saturday afternoon when we pick her up, she spends the entire journey home singing all the songs she has learnt and showing off all her new moves. Each week there has been a new theme, they’ve done Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Annie and many more. There’s been Teddy Bear Picnics, Treasure Hunts, Christmas shows and even opportunities to go see Matilda the Musical.
Despite her loving the first few months, today we were very nervous, she’d be going for 3 hours, instead of 1.5, from being the oldest in Poppets, to the youngest in her new group, with children up to the age of 18. Would she feel scared in the big group with all the older children? Would she make new friends? Would they look after her if she was anxious? Turns out we had nothing to be worried about. Unable to take her myself today, Mr Mumbler informs me she was immediately welcomed, introduced to everyone and they all gave her a big round of applause. They made sure she was buddied up with some other girls which immediately put her at ease.
I was out this afternoon with friends, when I arrived home she was in bed. I heard a creaking on the stairs and when I went to check, she was peeping round the door. She signalled me to go up. She was bursting to tell me all about her afternoon. Despite my best efforts to keep her in bed, she burst out of the covers, jumped onto the floor and immediately began showing me all the moves she had learnt, the acting she had done and the songs they had been singing, her confidence was beaming and I was amazed at just how much they had learnt in just one afternoon. When I finally got her into bed, she told me how kind the girls who she had been buddied up with had been, they’d chatted to her and even shared their chocolates. A good 45 minutes later, she was still telling me all about it and it was so lovely hearing how much she’d enjoyed it, I didn’t want to stop her talking. I finally persuaded her to snuggle down but asked her one last question ‘Fill in the missing word for me……Today PQA was ?’, she replied ‘The best!’ and that’s all the peace of mind I needed to know she’d had a super day.
There are sessions available in the morning and afternoon, so you’re able to choose what is best to work around family commitments. PQA has transformed our Saturday afternoons, our eldest spends the afternoon doing something she loves, while we do the weekly shop and take our youngest swimming, giving him some quality time with mummy and daddy.
We just cannot recommend PQA enough. It is led by a group of highly talented, passionate professionals who care so greatly about each and every child. There’s no requirement or expectation to be the next big West End star (unless they want to be), instead it provides a safe, caring and friendly environment, where children are encouraged to be unique, to be themselves, to make new friends, develop new skills, new confidence and most of all, to have fun.
But don’t take our word for it, they offer free taster sessions, so why not take your Mini Mumbler along to try it for themselves.