After Night of the Notables, I was exhausted. My throat was dry, I wanted to sleep and my feet hurt. But it was also fantastic and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. As I left the school at 10:45pm or so, I wasn’t very coherent but I do remember having a distinct thought: Now that Night of the Notables is over -after a long month of preparation, research and creation- now that we’re done, what do I do? I’m not ready to move on to the next project yet, but Eminent is OVER for this year. What now?
Luckily, we have Night of the Notables reflections, self evaluations, and a weekend to tide us over for rest and recovery. The general opinion of NotN (Night of the Notables), as I gathered, was that it was a success. I thought that it went quite well with the Grade 10’s having their speeches first, as afterwards they seemed more relaxed as they presented thier learning centers.
Learning Centers! Do I have a lot to say about you! First of all, I’d like to say everyone had really cool ideas for learning centers, which mostly involved recreating a place or atmosphere that was strongly connected to their Eminent person. I found it was really useful to find a certain period of time and stick to it – for example, the 10’s were all in the same time period as their speeches’ point of view was from. I positioned myself at what I thought was one of Lady BP’s best moments: her first world camp in 1924, at Foxlease. It was the first time all these girls had the chance to meet other guides around the world, and there was a very good turnout. When guests walked by my learning center, I wanted them to get a sense of the legacy that Lady Baden Powell left behind, which lives on today and will hopefully keep running for many years. To achieve this effect, I positioned both old and new relics of Lady Baden Powell together, such as her old medals and a beach ball from 2 years ago that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Guiding. I also had a display featuring U.K. Girl Guide work in the second World War, because I found quite a lot of information about that while researching. I think many people were surprised by the amount that the girls contributed to the war effort. If I could do one thing differently, I would have changed my entrance to my learning center. I had originally hoped that the fact there was a tent over the entrance would encourage people to come in and see what was behind it by making them curious. However, I think many people saw the tent as a barrier and stayed on the other side of it. Removing the tented entrance would have made my center seem more open and accessable, and I may have gotten more visitors.
Other than that, NotN went very smoothly – much more so than I thought, considering the amount of people constantly coming and going throughout speeches. I didn’t mess up the house lights, which made me happy and very, very relieved. I was worried I’d accidentally swipe them or lower them too fast and plunge the audience into sudden darkness, but it all worked out fine. The last thing I want to rememeber about NotN is the Star Wars theme song, playing majestically in the background – and Fiona’s
rats climbing all over the heads of my friends and I.