The school recently held a Christmas Jumper Day today in aid of Alder Hey hospital and Ronald McDonald House. All students "paid " for the privilege of wearing non school uniform and Christmas jumpers by contributing an item of confectionery. Tutor groups then wrapped these up to create selection boxes to donate, and some 50 boxes were filled. Fundraising activities also took place at lunchtime. The event was held in support of Nicola Stevens, one of our catering staff, who is raising money for both charities.
The evening saw both of the Year 10 groups showcasing their first performance pieces of the course. Developing their skills for the 'texts in practice' unit of the course, both groups had read a script, and directed the piece alongside their teacher. Act 1 was the dark comedy 'Charlie & Bram' by Chris Rowsley- a humorous piece which focused on the real life issues of 'fitting in', with some dreamlike scenes intermingled with strong character based scenes. The Year 10s ably rose to the challenge of this piece.
Act 2 'A human write' by Amy Sutton was a challenging chorus piece. The audience stepped into a writer's head as he struggled to find his inspiration. The group were highly skilled in using physical theatre throughout the piece to symbolise the jumbled plotlines in the writer's mind. Well timed movement work and excellent choral speaking revealed a skillset more akin to year 11 work.
The audiences were impressed, amused and bemused in equal measure, and many commented on the commitment, enthusiasm and talent of the Year 10 performers.
Year 9 girls Derbyshire Netball Finalists captained by Arianna Derboyan, played very well against high class teams in very cold conditions.
Year 9 boys High Peak Futsal Champions, captained by Wilf Riley, played at Buxton Community school finishing top of their league. They go on to represent the High Peak at the Derbyshire Finals.
In further news the Year 7 girls finished runners up in the High Peak Futsal Final played at Buxton Community School and were very unlucky not to win. Well done to all!