The A level and Y11 GCSE music students attended a music workshop led by Mark Padmore and some members of Britten Sinfonia. Mark is an international tenor performing all over the world including at the 2018 BBC Proms. The guitar, Morgan Szymanski has just returned from work in Costa Rico! The recital included music from Schubert, Purcell and more contemporary composers such as Rebecca Clarke. Students were given advice on composition and performance techniques and had the opportunity to ask questions about life as a professional musician. It was an excellent afternoon and one to be remembered for a long time.
On the 22nd of November, the Y8 STEM club went to RAF Waddington for the final of the Project X challenge. Students had been working with members of the RAF to design and make an aircraft that must safely fly down a zip wire and drop 2 packages (eggs) at different points down the wire. It must also land safely. The students also had to present to a team of judges, Dragon's Den style. They were competing against 9 other schools from the county. The students worked really hard and although they didn't win overall, they did win the best Dragon's Den presentation.
On Wednesday 21st of November the Creative Arts faculty took 41 Art, Drama and Music students to London. The day started with a very early bus journey leaving Qegs at 5.30am. Students and staff were in high spirits looking forward to our exciting day taking in some of the diverse cultural experiences London has to offer.
We arrived at the Tate Modern where students viewed the galleries collection of artwork. Whilst here, A Level Art and Photography students found inspiration for their personal investigation topics guided by Miss Dicken’s.
Leaving the gallery Mr Watkin’s led us towards Covent Garden and Leicester Square for our lunch, where we were able to get into the festive spirit taking in the Christmas markets and viewing the street performances that were taking place.
We arrived at The Apollo Theatre in time for our matinee performance of ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’, a fantastic production that made us laugh, cheer and cry. It was great to see students so immersed in the production and to hear them excitedly talking about their favourite part when we left made the long day very worthwhile.