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24 Hour Performathon

posted 23 Jun 2014, 07:37 by   [ updated 23 Jun 2014, 07:38 ]
On Friday 20th June, the Performing Arts department held a 24 Hour Performathon to raise money for the National Star College.  This meant that there were performances happening constantly from 8.30 on Friday morning until 8.30 on Saturday morning.

The event began with Year 10 students playing and singing in SG07, before Year 8s took over during P1. There was some interesting drama and some impressive circus skills – especially from Harry Knight and Ollie Turk. During P2, the Year 10 BTEC Performing Arts group performed duologues, sharing extracts from a diverse range of plays, including comedy, classic drama and new writing. The day continued with a range of students taking part, including the Year 7 band and recorder group, 6th Form pianist Andre Martins and Year 11 Performing Arts students who returned to school to join in. Highlights of the day included staff playing at lunchtime – with brilliant performances from Mr Davies on saxophone, Mr Shackley on drums and Miss Wyndow on a variety of woodwind instruments, and also a performance from ex-student Josh Patel, who is now a professional actor, and has recently returned to England following a tour of Italy with a theatre company.

After school, the event continued, with student and staff volunteers keeping the performances going. Students from Key Stage 3 performed their musical “Back To The Summer” and the Arts Award group performed their devised piece “#Crime Scene Selfie”. Miss Wyndow led a Samba workshop, which saw us taking the carnival out into the school grounds. Key Stage 3 students left at 10pm, and the night shift was taken by 22 very determined Key Stage 4 students. Through the night, there were a variety of performances, ranging from drama to dance and music. Highlights included some hilarious improvisation work from both Year 10 and Year 11 students and some very energetic karaoke. All 22 stayed through the night, although we found that the hours between 4am and 7am went very slowly!

Mrs Henry and I were very proud of all those who got involved, although special recognition goes to the 22 who stayed all night. Their resolve and dedication were impressive.

Donations are still being taken, so if you would like to support the cause, please give money to Mrs Cameron, Mrs Henry or the finance office.