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Performing Arts Department Update

Year 9 Project:Theatre-in-Education

All students in Year 9 took part in a Theatre-in-Education (T.I.E.) Project Competition which aimed to educate and raise awareness about the following topics; Stranger Danger/Firework Safety/Road Safety. Their target audience was Year 3 pupils from local primary schools. There were some fantastic scripts and puppet designs, as well as set designs and props. The final performances were highly effective and entertaining and they had a clear message. Student’s vocal projection has developed and improved throughout the project, with several attempts at accents, further developing their vocal and characterisation skills. The focus for this project was to use the skills and techniques of theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht. Brechtian techniques were clearly evident and effectively demonstrated through each puppet production, focusing on narration in the third person, use of songs and music, use of placards and direct address, breaking the fourth wall.

Year 9 winners from the following categories; scriptwriting, puppet-making and puppet performances and use of Brechtian techniques are Saffiya, Isabelle, Muskan, Keelie, Ayan, Iqra, Jasmine, Grace, Jacob, Olivia and Anna. 

Congratulations and very well done to all Year 9 students!


Year 7 and Year 8 students have been enjoying Zumba Club on Tuesday lunchtimes. They have learnt the Merengue, Reggaeton, Cumbia and Salsa rhythms. As Performing Arts Ambassadors, they will take part in our upcoming Creative Arts Day, where pupils will learn Zumba rhythms and Samba drumming through a variety of Arts activities. Our theme this year is Carnival!

Shakespeare Schools Festival – Silver Award

We are also pleased to announce that we are now a Shakespeare ‘Silver’ School as we have participated in the Festival for five consecutive years. Performances have included Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Othello and most recently Twelfth Night. A huge thank you to all of our students who have participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festivals over the years. It’s always a rewarding experience where students are able to work with industry professionals and perform in a professional theatre in Manchester. We are really looking forward to our next Shakespeare production, where we hope to achieve ‘Gold’ School status. Please remember that the Shakespeare Festival is open to all students from all year groups.

The Music Department is busy preparing for our end of year summer concert, on Tuesday 4th July at 7pm. Our summer concert will be performed by students from all year groups and will include performances from our school rock band, our fantastic brass, piano and guitar students and Year 10 students will perform extracts from musical theatre.

Tickets are available from Mr Corrigan ( Please note, tickets are free of charge.