King's Hall Gets Creative for Annual Arts Week Celebrations
As the Summer Term draws to a close, our staff and pupils have ripped up the normal routine to enjoy the annual King’s Hall Arts Week celebrations.
This exciting event sees the whole school community come together for a week-long extravaganza of creative workshops, theatrical performances and VIP visits.
This year we were particularly delighted to welcome a number of big names, including children’s author Abi Elphinstone and world-renowned writer, Marcus Sedgewick.
Our Arts Week kicked off with a highly interactive Shakespearean drama workshop, expertly led by theatre company, ‘West End in Schools’. Throughout the day, Years 3-6 participated in performance workshops based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, before collaborating in a miraculous final production.
Alongside this, in a special Art session, pupils in Years 5 and 6 had the chance to create their very own adventure playground. Overseen by Mark Jones of Earth Wrights, the children worked in small groups to produce wonderfully creative (and fictional) play areas for King’s Hall pupils to enjoy.
On Tuesday, we welcomed children’s fiction writer and author of the Dreamcatcher series, Abi Elphinstone, as well as Year 5 pupils from St George’s Primary School. Abi very kindly joined our pupils and visitors for a friendly Q&A session and outdoor creative writing workshop. Her energetic approach to writing left everyone; both children and adults, feeling totally inspired!
Meanwhile, our Year 7s were creating some work of their own in both the DT workshop and Art room. As part of a print work exercise, the pupils created their own stencils, ready to decorate a personalised kit bag. The day began with a lesson in printing techniques, followed by a look at materials and print application. It was lovely to see the efforts that went in to everyone’s projects.
The day’s events concluded with a relaxing ‘Fete de la Musique’ celebration, which saw pupils perform in choirs, groups or individually in an informal, fun and welcoming environment across the huge range of instruments learned here.
On Wednesday, to spread the Arts Week cheer, five pupils travelled to Wellington School to take part in Strings’ Day. Around 20 children from local schools were involved in the activity, which culminated in a final performance. The repertoire ranged from a tango to the recent ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit.
Thursday rolled around and the pupils were far from exhausted. In fact, they were ready to welcome their second visitor of the week. Through the power of Skype, Year 8 met British writer and illustrator, Marcus Sedgwick. Much like Abi, Marcus spoke to the children about his young adult novels Floodland, The Foreshadowing, and Revolver, providing them with insightful tips and advice.
In the afternoon, Year 4’s hard work paid off when they performed their stunning retelling of the classic fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty. Surrounded by the beautiful Rose Garden greenery, the children portrayed the magical tale of Aurora, her beloved Prince Phillip and the evil enchantress, Maleficent.A huge well done to all involved – it truly was spectacular.
Finally, to round up the festivities, we made sure Arts Week went out with a bang (literally!) That’s because we invited parents, pupils, Governors and OAs to the opening of our brand new science labs! The grand event saw the Science Boffins, a Bristol-based party service, wow pupils with a plasma workshop, our Head of Science Mr Hayden offer some fun with the van der graaf generator, and the King’s College Big Band delivering an outstanding musical finale to a terrific week!
Phew…now that’s a lot to take in over just five days! Until next year…