Wednesday 6 February is an important day in our commonwealth history as it marked the founding relationship between New Zealand and the United Kingdom. To commemorate the Treaty of Waitangi, we hosted a library event with several cultural activities from “Down Under” (New Zealand and Australia) at both campuses. As a powhiri (welcoming ceremony) to the event, several year 10 boys learnt and performed the Ka Mate haka with passion and enthusiasm.
On Friday 1 February Year 9 GCSE music students from both campuses were then given the amazing opportunity to work with these two inspiring musicians, Roderick Williams (Baritone) and Chris Pine (Piano) at The Stables. Students have been working with some creative resources based on a Winter’s Journey to not only encourage singing in the classroom but to inspire new musical compositions. Having spent a few weeks listening to some of the works of Schubert, students engaged with fun vocal activities designed to challenge their views on classical music - videos of Roddy and Chris performing were used every week and students really felt like they got to know the two professional musicians in their own classroom. During the day students sang and created collaboratively, performing to one another. It was an enjoyable, enriching and enlightening experience that has inspired some of our young and developing musicians to start creating music of their own.