Arts Award Students visit Birmingham

Our book group has met every week since September, and has been reading and reviewing books for the County’s Young Teen Fiction Award.

We have been selected as one of only six schools to perform at the annual YTF   Celebration Day, this year to be held at JCB in Rocester. Students have taken part in a workshop with Charlie Rose Film, written their own script, and will star in the film to champion the short-listed novel, GEEK GIRL by HOLLY SMALE.


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Alongside this exciting project, students are working towards a nationally recognised qualification, ARTS AWARD BRONZE.

“On 17th May,  the group went to the Birmingham Rep Theatre and watched Michael Morpurgo’s PRIVATE PEACEFUL. It was very interesting as it was a monologue, with only one actor depicting the role of  other characters. We also went to the Library of Birmingham and had  a look round,exploring all its 9 floors and some of its 9.5 million books.” Lewis Thompson, Year 7

” We visited Birmingham to experience the arts as a member of the audience. This ticked a big box in our Bronze Arts Award Portfolio, as the videos and reviews we recorded count towards our award as evidence.” Ashleigh Holmes, Year 8

I enjoyed the day because it was a unique experience. I am finding ARTS AWARD a challenge, as we have to write up everything we do, but I have learnt a lot about different art forms and enjoy participating in our lively discussions!” Francesca Russell, Year 8

“I am glad that we are presenting GEEK GIRL, as it is my favourite of the YTF books. My role in the film  will be co-director, and I get a small acting part.” Millie Edwards, Year 8

“The workshop with Charlie was amazing. I learnt about different camera angles and how long and it takes to create a very short film, and how tiring and involved the process can be. ” Aime Drury, Year 8.

” I am really enjoying ARTS AWARD because it is a new experience for me. Keeping the portfolio  and diary up-to-date is a challenge, because it needs lots of organization and effort! I am looking forward to our filming day. I get to be Nat, Harriet’s best friend.” Taylor Lyew, Year 8

Filming takes place at CHASEWATER on 18th June, and students will present their film to a packed audience on 1st July. Watch this space!