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Highlights of 2013-14

2013-14 Performing Arts Events

Musical Events

The Valentine Brothers were back again to perform at the Academy.  This time they performed to all of Year 9.

Music students were taken out to a schools concert based at Media City in Manchester.  They listened to a variety of songs from the orchestra.

KS 3 and 4 music students performed at Liverpool 1 raising money for charity.  Their repertoire consisted of Christmas songs to get the shoppers in the Christmas spirit.

The RLPO and school choirs performed at the Academy but this time with a twist.  Father Christmas paid a visit with his little helpers, Alex Watson and Elle Hughes.

At the beginning of the year a professional artist, Matty H, performed for Yr 10 Performing Arts students.  He did a Q&A session with them about his journey and how he become a professional artist, also giving them advice for their careers.

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Dance Events

The Performing Arts department took dance students to a dance exhibition in the Olympia in London.  Students took part in a variety of dance classes such as street, Latin American ballroom and Contemporary.  They were taught by professional dancers/teachers Sisco Gomez and Lukas McFarlane.  

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Northern Ballet worked with KS4 and 5 dance students.  They supported them in their own choreography but using their professional work Three Little Pigs.

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Our annual dance festival took part in March.  This consisted of examination, class and extracurricular work performed in the first half.  As part of their examination Yr 12 dance students created a fantastic 2nd half of the show.  A variety of styles and genres of dance where shown.  They liaised with John Moores University students who where on placement to also create dances for the show. 

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Halewood Academy Dance department supported the JMU Year 2 Dance Degree students in their Community Projects through performing the dances and celebrating the dance workshops in their annual dance performance evening.

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In April 2014 GCSE Dance students performed their coursework in a successful dance external exam.

In April 2014 GCSE Dance students perform their unit 2 set dance for their external moderation.

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In KS3 dance lessons students continue to explore a variety of topics including Hear My Voice – Action/Reaction where they have been motivated and engaged to create a number of dances including Mission Impossible dances in groups and partners.

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In May 2014 selected boys from KS3, KS4 and KS5 took part in a Matthew Bourne workshop and audition where they were taught a phrase of African movement from his new work Lord of The Flies. Some of these students were invited to the next stage at the Liverpool Empire. The auditions were to provide students with the opportunity of performing alongside the dance company within their new performance of The Lord of The Flies.  One of our students has been chosen to participate. 

Drama Events

The annual pantomime was performance at the Academy in December.  Audiences were treated to Halewood’s version of The Wizard of Oz.

Also in March we had the 1st festival of drama.  The 1st half consisted of examination, class and extracurricular work. We watched performances from professional works such as Once a Catholic, Shakers and many others.  In the 2nd half Yr 10 students performed a poignant creation showing different vantage points of Hillsborough for example the perspective of the fans, police and family. 

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Professional actress Lindzi Jermaine worked with Yr 10’s to develop their characterisation in their Hillsborough performance.

We have taken students on many theatre trips throughout the year and will do again next year.  Such performances are; Twelfth Night, YNWA and A View from the Bridge.  All are essential to the Performing Arts’ curriculum and student’s development as performers.

Yr 10 drama students have been working with the Royal Court AAA project.  They have been commissioned to create a performance about Fairytales which they will be performing in July.

Rehearsals have started for Year 9’s involved in Shakespeare’s School Festival which will be performed at Epstein Theatre in October.

Yr 10 drama students were awarded the Class of the Year Award as part of the Liverpool Echo Schools Awards ceremony in July.   They were the only class chosen for this award due to the high standard.     

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What’s on in 2014-2015?

Shakespeare’s Schools Festival – October

X Factor/Battle of the Bands - November

Terriers - November

Pantomime – December

Busking L1 - December

RLPO - December

Festival of Drama & Dance- March

Peripatetic music performance – March

Drama examination performances – May

Dance examination performances – June

AAA project - July

Variety Show - July

Theatre trips – throughout the year

Workshops – throughout the year

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