The Performing Arts Department is usually very busy at this time of year with preparations and rehearsals for the annual school production and on what should have been our second evening of our school production, we held a Virtual Performing Arts Festival of Hope, which showcased the versatility and talent of performers from all year groups. We received so many videos and images for the festival, from choreography to poetry, singers and musicians, but a special thank you for their contribution to the zoom showcase goes to; Year 7 – Tamanna, Amirah and Lili, Year 8 – Ozair, Zayn, Jack, Imaan, Curtis, Year 9 – Esther, Year 10 – Aston, Paige, Olivia, Year 11 – Rowan, Jay-Jay and Sam. There were original songs and monologues written and performed by students. Other poetry performances included Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson and Still I rise by Maya Angelou. We also had clarinet performances of La vie en Rose and We’ll never walk alone. Well done everybody!

 

Zayn performs an extract from Blood Brothers

 

There have been so many highlights in Performing Arts during lockdown. The number of students who have engaged with distance learning and the quality of the work submitted has been fantastic. Lessons were adapted to become more of a theatre studies based curriculum, further developing student’s knowledge and understanding, with detailed explorations of the history of theatre. Practical lessons included the ‘Five Dance Challenge‘ as well as involvement in the Festival of Hope and students proved just how adept they are at creative writing, videoing and editing, singing, music and choreography.  

We now look forward to our Artsmark Platinum journey where we will continue to develop and celebrate our commitment to arts and cultural education.