Saint Gregory’s Bath was alive with creativity on Thursday 27 November as students put together a commemorative performance with a difference.
The school in Odd Down welcomed over 100 elderly members of the local community for a morning of drama, dance and music, all created in the theme of World War 2. The pieces were written, choreographed and preformed by over 40 Year 11 GCSE Drama students and created a thought-provoking reminder of what life was like during the war.
Co-ordinator of the event, Head of Performing Arts, Lucy Kibby, commended the students on their hard work and efforts.
“Today was a wonderful community celebration, that saw the coming of ages sharing stories, watching theatre, singing and dancing the jive!”
“The performances were a poignant reminder of our heritage, brought to life by 15 and 16 year olds who tackled the subject with maturity and sensitivity and can only imagine what life was like during the war.”
“The focus during this time was community spirit we therefore felt it fitting to bring together all ages of our community as a celebration to those who have done so much for our country.”
Pupils from St Martin’s Garden Primary and St John’s Catholic Primary were also invited to join in with the event and prepared a variety of songs and poems to perform to a captivated audience.
The morning culminated in a group jive lesson that saw a wonderful mix of the young and old having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
Headteacher, Raymond Friel, added, “The event was highly engaging for our students and provoked them to think about how they could draw on their own experiences in creating their performances.”
“Students need to have opportunities to participate in events outside of the classroom environment that help to create memorable and enriching learning experiences and we are delighted that our local community was able to share these with us.”
“It was wonderful to welcome so many pupils from our local primary schools. It made for a dynamic and creative forum across the schools to work together.”