Ernehale Vocal Workshop
Today I was privileged to take a small group of singers to perform to the year 5 pupils at Ernehale Juniors. Students from Arnold Hill Academy ranging from year 8 to year 13 sang individual solos from musicals to opera; the year 5 pupils were so engaged with each of the performances. Mr Egan then led a fantastic vocal workshop with the year 5 pupils singing You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.
Each student from Arnold Hill led a small group of year 5 singers and they later formed as a choir for the final showcase.
The year 5 pupils sounded amazing and we look forward to working together again in the future!!
Year 7 Working with Arno Vale Juniors
We were delighted to welcome 60 year 5 students from one of our family of schools, Arno Vale Juniors, to Arnold Hill Academy yesterday. The group took part in a drama workshop and performance along with 30 of our high flying year 7 students.
Our visitors arrived and entered our wonderful theatre space to watch a short performance by our year 7 students based on the Horror/Dracula theme. This was followed by a 40 minute workshop which our year 7 students led confidently. This involved our students teaching a number of drama games and exercises along with a section from their performance. The session finished with a ‘full company’ workshop where all year 7 and 5 students worked together as a professional company, completing the ‘movement detective’ and ‘sit down’ challenge.
The morning was a great success and we look forward to working together again soon!
Exploring Macbeth with Box Clever Theatre
On Thursday 11th May 2017, 150 of our Year 10 students were treated to an amazing performance of Macbeth by the brilliant Box Clever Theatre Company who came to visit us all the way from London!
The production was put on in our auditorium where they set up a black framework for the stage which the actors used fantastically and physically to really bring the play to life. The music, including beatboxing and chart music, as well as Johnny Cash and Bastille, was loud and pumping and the acting was fast and furious; with the actors getting right round through the audience and right up in our faces - even bringing some out on stage during the show!
There was a short workshop after the show where some of the boys were shown how the fight was choreographed and we all had to cheer on Macbeth and Macduff as they fought to the death! We also got to ask lots of questions about the play and what it is like to be a working actor.
“The best bit for me was that the performance mixed modern and Shakespearean ideas and speech to make it easier for the students to relate to and that you really felt pulled into Macbeth’s struggle to be a good man and a good soldier but also to fulfil his lust for power. Excellent! 10/10”, Michelle Wright.
Year 5 Tour Dates
Please do not turn up without booking as we may not be able to accommodate you.Tours will start at 9.15am from A Block Reception and last for approximately 1¼ hours.
Important Message - Changes to Payments for School Dinners
Have you Registered for Scopay?
Earlier this year the academy introduced a new online payment system, Scopay, to enable parents to make payments to the academy for trips, and other resources via a credit or debit card. Thank you if you have signed up for the online account as it has led to significant efficiencies within the academy, and hopefully you will have seen the benefits of paying online too.
With effect from Monday 5th June 2017 the academy will also be moving from sQuid to Scopay for online school dinner payments. It is extremely important that parents register their Scopay account in advance of this change to allow payments to be made online. The registration instructions, and one time link code, have been resent to all parents yet to create an account. Payments for school dinners will be accepted through Scopay from 4 pm on Friday 2nd June 2017.
All online sQuid accounts will be blocked at the end of this half term and any balance outstanding on accounts at Friday 26th May will be transferred over to the new Scopay system by the new operators.
Please be aware that if you have not granted permission for your child to use the current fingerprint system for lunches, they will not be able to use this function with Scopay.
Students will be able to load their accounts with money via cash machines in the canteen and opposite A Block Sports Hall. These units will accept the new £5 notes and £1 coins from 5th June 2017.
Please note that there are a number of year group trips planned for the end of this term and these will also all require online payment via Scopay.
Key Stage 3 Parents' Forum - 24th April 2017
Our Key Stage 3 Parents' Forum took place on Monday 24th April 2017.
The main objectives for this Parent Forum were to share information on the following:
- Preparation for September 2017
- Key dates and preparation for the end of year exams
- Updates from each Head of Year
- End of year trip information
Anyone who missed the event can view the presentation below.