Drama and script writing classes with Guildford Shakespeare September 2017

GSC_standard_CLOSE_CROP_1These two very popular classes with Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) are now available to book. They are for ages 8-16 and take place in Woking on Wednesday mornings term time. A short description of the classes available here. For more information and to book please contact GSC directly and ask about the Woking Home Education Wednesdays classes. If the email link doesn’t work please use this email: education@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk.

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September 2017 classes

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Information on our September 2017 classes is now available. Booking for French and German with Anna’s Language Lab has started. Booking for script writing and drama with Guildford Shakespeare Company for new families starts on 17 July 2017.

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Cost: £5 per class – drop in and pay as you go

Who: Boys and Girls aged 10+ – the class is currently made up of an almost even mix of boys and girls

Where: 7th Woking Scouts Hall, New Community Building, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA (see https://wokinghe.org/info/ for directions)

When: Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June. 2.10pm – 3.00pm.

7th June – Irish Dancing – channel your inner Michael Flatley!

14th June – More Irish Dancing!

21st June – American Smooth – learning dances such as the foxtrot and quickstep – American style! …. think less formal English ballroom and more Broadway show style dancing!

28th June – Country/Western – join us for some line dancing!

We have met some lovely dance teachers over the years. Our teacher at Woking, Angela, pretty much tops them all! She is an amazing find – kind, encouraging……and fun!

We would love to see some new faces at these classes – come to as many or as few as you like and pay on the day!

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Javanese Gamelan Workshop for 10+

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What: a Javanese gamelan workshop

When: Monday 26 June 2017, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU
(Satellite navigation – please enter postcode RG45 6DY)

Who: children age 10+. Parents are welcome to sign up, pay up and join in fully alongside their child/ren. However, non-participating parents and younger siblings will not be able to stay in the room. Also, please note that there is no waiting area on the premises.

Cost:  £10 per person.

About the workshop: The workshops will be led by Nikhil Dally. To learn more about him and about gamelan, please look at this webpage: http://www.dally.org.uk/Gamelan.htm

How to book:

Before you book please read the following notes:


Learning to play the gamelan is essentially a hands-on experience. Javanese music is designed to be learnt aurally and in the context of an ensemble. Thus there is very little musical preparation that you can or should do prior to your first gamelan class. What is most important is that you (both children and adults) should come with open minds, eager to work very hard with and alongside each other, to listen, to concentrate, and to sing (an essential part of the learning process).

To help you do this, it is important to be prepared to show


The Javanese treat their musical instruments with immense respect, behaving towards them as they would other people. Consequently,

(1) We always take our shoes off before entering the gamelan space. (The Javanese always remove their shoes when entering someone’s home.)

(2) We NEVER EVER step over an instrument. (To step over a person is considered very rude in Java.)

(3) We always play the gamelan sitting on the floor, cross-legged or kneeling, if at all possible. (The Javanese will never place themselves higher than a person they respect.)

(4) We behave with dignity in the presence of the gamelan. We do not run, or scream, or slouch, or lie down.

If you’re happy with the above and would like to book please make a payment of £10 per participant by either PayPal to bookings@wokinghe.org or bank transfer to account number 72056968, sort code 30-99-80. If using PayPal make sure you choose the ‘Family and Friends’ option to avoid transaction fees.

Follow your payment with an email to bookings@wokinghe.org providing names and ages of all participants. You will receive an email from us confirming your payment and place. There are limited places, and in order to confirm your place I must receive your payment by Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Payments are non-refundable.

Any questions please ask.



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Silk Painting Class

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Following a successful taster we are now offering a regular class with artist Naomi Ridley of Lamaila Silks.

There are 4 sessions this half term and they are all different (description below). You can book just the ones you want, you don’t have to book the whole block but you do need to book in advance as Naomi needs to prepare materials. The cost is £9 per session with the exception of the sun-catchers which is £10.

When: Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 May 2017, 1-2pm.

Where: at our hall – 7th Woking Scouts Hall, New Community Building, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA (look here for directions).

Who: children age 6-8 accompanied by an adult and children 9+, accompanying adult optional. Adults also welcome on their own.

Cost: £9 per child or participating adult with the exception of the sun catchers on 10 May which is £10. Adults don’t need to pay if just helping their child.

How to bookemail us to request a place and if available we will send you payment details.

Workshop Themes:

3rd May – Nature – Flowers

Paint flowers such as tulips, poppies or abstract flower designs, onto prepared silk and create a vibrant piece of artwork to take home and frame. You can even create your own garden scene. Older children can draw or trace their own designs with gutta first, whilst younger children can paint templates provided. Cost: £9 per person.

10th May – Silk Sun Catcher – Butterflies and Dragonflies

Paint a beautiful butterfly or dragonfly onto a ready-stretched silk sun catcher (suction hook included). Templates will be provided (please give a preference when you book). Please look at Naomi’s Lamaila Silks page on Facebook to see butterfly/dragonfly designs. Cost: £10 per person.

17th May – Mandalas and Symmetrical Patterns

Explore symmetrical patterns and paint your own mandala onto silk to take home and frame. Basic templates can be provided for older children, and detailed designs can be drawn on with gutta. Templates will be provided for younger children. Cost: £9 per person.

24th May – Mosaics on Silk

Learn how to paint beautiful mosaic designs on silk, such as rainbows, dolphins, hearts or flowers. Older children can draw their own designs with gutta, or paint the templates provided. Younger children can paint templates. Costs: £9 per person.


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German Club at Woking Group

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Our lovely German club with  Anna’s Language Lab has a few places available for the Summer term 2017. Beginners welcome!

When: Wednesdays 26 April – 28 June 2017, 9 session in total (no session on 31 May – half term), 11:00 – 11:45.

Where: Woking HE Group, 7th Woking Scouts Hall, New Community Building, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA. Look here for directions to the hall.

Who: children age 6 – 10.

Cost: £72 per child. Parents welcome to join in for free and learn with the children.

Please also note – a £10 membership fee, per family, per term, is required if you sign up to any of our regular classes.

Class description: lessons consist of a variety of activities including traditional teaching, games and craft activities as well as the use of tablets and laptops to practise the weekly topics.

Class size: 4-6 children.

To book a place and for more information  – contact Anna Fuller from Anna’s Language Lab directly.


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Stage/Playwriting with Guildford Shakespeare Company – Summer term 2017

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Booking is now open for our Summer term Stage/Playwriting class, led by experienced writer/director/educator Ant Stones of Guildford Shakespeare Company.

This term will focus on the art of devising; improvising to create a One Act Script. Each child will bring an idea to the room for the group, who will work in groups to generate further ideas, characters and dialogue. No previous experience is required – new children always welcome.

Dates: 26 April – 5 July 2017. 10 sessions in total with a break for half term on 31 May

Time: 9:45am-10:45am.

Venue: 7th Woking Scouts Hall, New Community Building, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA Look here for directions to the hall

Cost: £90

Payment: £45 deposit required to secure your place (places will only be confirmed with deposit paid). The balance of £45 to be paid by 17 April. Payments are non refundable.

Please also note – a £10 membership fee, per family, per term, is required if you sign up to any of our regular classes.

To pay: as places are limited please email us first to check that a place is available and to receive payment instructions.


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