This week our students finally got round to celebrating World Book Day, after our original plans were disrupted by the snow! Dave Cousins, famous author of Waiting for Gonzo and 15 Days Without a Head, came to visit our school. Throughout the day Dave talked to many students from year 7 and 8 about his life as a writer and what led him to this career choice. The students were then given the opportunity to showcase their creative abilities by taking part in a fun, interactive workshop with Dave, who inspired and motivated them to produce some creative story openers of their own.
All students were also given the opportunity to use their World Book Day tokens to purchase signed copies of Dave’s books, or another book of their choice. We'd like to thank Reading Matters Bookshop for making this happen and holding a book sale for students in the school library.
Well done to the following students who worked exceptionally hard in their Accelerated Reading lessons last term. Their efforts and progress were rewarded by a presentation of chocolate and certificates from Mr Grieves before the Easter holiday:
Year 7 - Olivia-Lisa Keeling, Darci Hill, Jack Timpson and Alexander Weir
Year 8 - William Slack, Grace Dickinson and Jamie Kirk
Year 9 - William Worrell, Jonathan Bottomley and Sophie Watkins
A group Year 11 students recently enjoyed success in the Oxford University’s Physics Challenge.
2734 students, many from top independent schools took part in the event this year and all the students from the school received certificates of commendation with three students gaining a Bronze award and one gaining a Silver award, putting them in the top 10% nationally.
Physics teacher, Mark Jones, commented “This was a national competition deliberately designed to be extremely challenging and test the standards of the brightest and best nationally. I am very proud of our students’ success”. Well done to all.
The annual musical at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School has become an eagerly anticipated event and this year’s production of “Bugsy Malone” exceeded the packed audience’s expectations. Involving a cast and crew of over eighty students, drawn from all year groups and all levels of ability, the performance was a showcase for the depth and range of the acting, dancing and musical talents of the school. The cast and chorus were ably supported by the live band, made up of year 10 and 11 instrumentalists, who helped to create the atmosphere of Prohibition-era New York in a boisterous and energetic setting of this popular musical.
The show was a true ensemble piece but was lit up by the outstanding performances of Tom Reimann-Jones as everyone’s favourite guy, Bugsy Malone, Daisy Thorogood as the innocent yet no-nonsense Blousey, Harry Bloor as a lovably menacing Fat Sam, Amy Heery as the seductive Tallulah and Laurie Oliver as a suave Dandy Dan. Other strong performances from a number of year 11 students, playing the roles of comic hoodlums, boxers or speakeasy girls, enabled the performance to run smoothly and professionally and it was evident that their experience and energy supported and guided the younger members of the cast.
A particular strength lay in the dynamic singing and movement of the Chorus, who gave their all in bringing this vivid story to life. The full cast rendition of the fast-paced, ‘Fat Sam’s Grand Slam’ was a notable highlight as was the magnificent and emotional finale, ‘You Give a Little Love’.
The technical crew, led by Geno Sharpe, provided atmospheric lighting and sound effects essential to the success of such a production. Above all, however, the students involved appreciated the leadership, hard work and tireless dedication of directors Steph Bramwell and Jayne Marling, along with that of the musical directors Andrea Wright and Sarah Ledbury.
The show ran for three sold-out nights and ended with a splat-covered audience giving a standing ovation to the exhilarated cast.