On Tuesday 16th July 2019, Rockwood Academy’s Expressive Arts faculty held its inaugural evening of talent.
The evening was designed to showcase the progression Rockwood Academy have made in developing and promoting their Expressive Arts faculty. The evening was compered by Music Teacher Miss Wilkins and comprised entirely of performances from students across the year groups.
The performance aspect of the evening focused on the Music and Drama aspects of the Expressive Arts faculty, featuring performances from a variety of soloist and duettist singers as well as solo and group performances from violinists, drummers, flutists, guitarists, keyboardists, steel drum performers and Dhol drummers. The majority of the students who performed had only started learning and developing their skills in their chosen instruments during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Alongside the musical aspect, a group of Year 9 Drama students guided by Mr Shaukat self-devised a thought-provoking theatrical performance which covered a range of topics including discrimination. The students ended the performance holding signs echoing the phrases ‘equality is the way forward’ and ‘my faith and gender do not define me’ as well as Rockwood Academy’s CORE values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence.
Away from the performances, attendees were able to walk through a gallery of Rockwood Academy students artwork, which was taken from a range of years and covered a range of styles.
Rockwood Academy would like to say thank you to Mr Smith, Miss Wilkins, Mr Shaukat and Mrs Brighton. for bringing the event together from start to finish both in front and back of house.
Rockwood Academy’s Head of Expressive Arts Mr Smith said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the team in terms of their dedication and support they have given the students not just today, but throughout the year in order to create and produce an event of this magnitude.”
Rockwood Academy’s Headteacher Ms Darr said: “Expressive arts at Rockwood Academy provides our students with the opportunity to engage with the mind, the body, and their emotions in a collaborative and expressive way and connect with the human mind. Through studies and performances, students explore and present themes and ideas. It allows our students to discover their own voice and grow in confidence and develop empathy, as well as an ethical insight into how the human body is conditioned. Performing Arts grows our students and their understanding of how they’re going to connect in the 21st century, it ensures that they become kind and compassionate young people in terms of understanding each other’s feelings and emotional intelligence. More importantly, it embeds our value of Respect.”