Flower Festival 28th June 2017
All Year 5 pupils involved in our family of schools STEM Bright Day on 14th July will be involved in setting a new world record.
We have received confirmation from the Guinness World Records this week that our attempt to try and achieve the largest collective memory test ever will go ahead!!
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!!
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!
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.