Thursday dawned with a sense of anticipation in the air – it’s Showcase Day!
Students spent the morning refining and improving the quality work that they were going to display. The Sports Hall was set up as the main venue for the Showcase and the ‘A Pizza Action’ crew set up their pizza ovens and had a trial run – ready for the lunchtime rush!
The sporting leaders group were all set up for the Primary School Sports festival – unfortunately the primary students couldn’t make it but the Euro 16 students stepped in and were put through their paces because of the excellent organisation and planning of the Sports Leaders.
The Showcase doors opened after lunch and the food orientated groups were immediately inundated with students after a flavour of their wares. The pizza crew were non stop providing sweet and savoury pizzas from their homemade terracotta pot pizza ovens. The Wet ‘n’ Wild’s homemade ice-cream was a real treat and the LLoB Bake-Off group had nothing but crumbs to show for their tasty goods by the end of the afternoon.
Up Funk Junk, Green Fingers and the Bombs Away stalls had a massive range of homemade treats and goodies for students to snap up at great prices – all their proceeds going to the Save the Children refugee charity. Our Cultural Capital students had produced marvellous diaries and scrapbooks outlining their experiences during two days in London.
Bike it Birtley had their new web pages to show us based on their bike routes of the week and the Heroes of Birtley displayed excellent work based on the knowledge they had developed over the week. The Birtley Heritage group returned to admire the reconstructions of Elisabethville, the Heroes book and other poppy inspired work. The All-A-Board students had a fantastic range of over-sized games for us to play: crazy golf, bar skittles, jenga, draughts and dominoes.
Our Science Buskers entertained and were very knowledgeable of their science experiments with some problem solving and reasoning skills definitely demonstrated. The Magical Mindfulness group displayed some creative and beautiful mandalas, Tibet prayer flags and collages of their work and learning over the week.
Walk Like an Egyptian had prepared work from canopic jars to Egyptian outfits, jewellery to tombs! The School of the Dead zombie was a massive success entertaining students on the big screen, extra showings had to be scheduled into the afternoon! The Atrium was busy with a constant flow of students, staff, governors and visitors sampling the very tasty afternoon tea. Around in the Performing Arts studio students were presenting their audition show reels – there is a fantastic amount of talent in these students – some were really pushed out of their comfort zones but still produced some excellent work. The ‘Dracula’ group performed their production to a small and invited audience and had a filmed version to share as well. The props they had made added to the atmosphere they created.
The LLoB presents…. students prepared excellent mood boards and art work based on the musical “Our House” making the reception area look like a national art museum – inspiring work! Around the Academy, the Escape team had set up 3 classrooms full of puzzles and logic games that volunteers had to try and follow in a time limit in order to exit freely from the room – not all students were successful – although we did let them home at the end of the day!
The Euro 2016 students had an excellent end to their day with a Skype interview and tour around the Euro 2016 BBC sports studios in Paris from producer Jamie Gavin – what an opportunity!
Finally, with the #thisgirlcan students on their way back from their adventures tomorrow we look forward to seeing their own #thisgirlcan posters that will be on display in the PE department.
Overall, 750 Key Stage 3 students engaged in 22 Creativity projects. The creative work and learning that was demonstrated all week epitomised our learning behaviours of resilience, responsibility, reflection, reasoning, resourcefulness and respect. It was a pleasure and a proud moment to see the fantastic work that the students showcased – well done Lord Lawson.
In the process of their creativity, our students were able to consider others and have raised a grand total of £553.00 for the Save the Children’s child refugee campaign – another amazing feat of the week.
As the Euro 2016 group were waved off on their trip to BBC Studios in Manchester and the Wet ‘n’ Wild group were off to Tynemouth surfing, the rest of us settled down to preparing our learning for display at the Creativity Showcase on Thursday.
The Birtley Heritage group returned to the Birtley Heroes group helping students design rag-style poppies and models of that demonstrated the past and present of Elisabethville. The Cultural Capital group had returned from their experiences in London and were busy designing and completing their travel diaries.
A lucky group of Year 9 students got to join in with the Y12 students and the Army who put them through activities to build their team-building and test their resilience. They certainly looked the part in army fatigues crawling under cargo nets.
The Magical Mindfulness group had a return visit from the yoga instructor who introduced them to some more challenging yoga poses and instilled a sense of calm and increased concentration over the group.
Bombs Away students were busy creating their bath bombs and other scented goodies while along the corridor the Escape group were planning and setting up challenges and puzzles to tax the mind. The Science Buskers were out visiting Newcastle University to explore science experiments that would wow us during the Showcase.
The Green Fingers group were busy planting seeds and creating bird feeders and mini bird houses while all sorts of junk was being up-cycled by the Up Funk Junk group ready for display at the Showcase.
It was looking like Thursday’s Showcase was going to be bigger and better than ever before! After deliberation, it was decided that any money raised during the showcase would go to the child refugee fund with Save the Children. Our students wanted to show support and solidarity for those children much worse off than themselves – a fantastic choice.
Day One had got off to a fantastic start, however Day 2 saw creative talents growing even bigger and better:
After licking their wounds at England’s football performance, the Euro 2016 group got stuck into their sporting journalistic reports with 5Live inspiration. The Bike it Birtley crew had their bikes checked by Sustrans; with high visibility jackets on and helmets fitted they were off on their first bike expedition. Meanwhile, The School of the Dead perfected their zombie make up skills ready for the first outdoor shooting of the morning.
Green Finger students made fantastic bug hotels, sharing their creative space and skill with the Up Funk Junk group. In Walk Like an Egyptian, dresses, Tutankhamen coffins, masks and models were designed and built with a distinct Egyptian gilding shining through. Creative prop design took place in the Dracula group as well as developing roles and characters for their play.
The sporting leaders learnt the skills of reflection and critique while they took on board the comments from their peers about how to further improve and develop their activities for the primary school sports festival. More reflection was taking place in the LLoB Bake-Off group as the first round of baking wasn’t completely successful for all the bakers. Hopefully, they will have refined their skills ready for Thursday’s showcase!
Our singers and dancers were developing their skills ready for their audition show reels with the support from experts from Famous415 in Newcastle. The Wet ‘n’ Wild group took their group on a 13.5 mile hike – they’ll sleep well tonight!
On top of all the wonderful creativity taking place on site, a number of groups were off immersing themselves in activities in and around the region: students visited Gibside, Beamish, the Discovery Museum, Newcastle University and to ‘Exit’ in Newcastle. Further afield, the girls in Torquay had a day of raft-building, a first aid course, aeroball and archery. The Cultural Capital group visited Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Buckingham Palace and some lucky sporting leaders were at Wimbledon!
Another busy creativity day – for all involved.
By the time we arrived to the Academy on Monday morning, a couple of our groups had already started their Creativity adventures. The #thisgirlcan group had already arrived in Torquay ready for pushing themselves to their limits to test their resilience and resourcefulness. Meanwhile, the Cultural Capital group had also departed to learn more about the theatrical culture London has to offer.
The rest of our Key Stage 3 students were raring to go and Creativity 2016 began in a flurry of excitement and buzz.
In the course of the day students immersed themselves in new ideas and researched topics that would help them with their own creativity. Up Funk Junk researched ways to recycle and reuse the things we throw away and turn them into useful and beautiful products. Experts from Lush visited and demonstrated to our Bath Bomb group the ingredients and methods to make some fabulous beauty products. The Escape group were quizzed as their logic was tested ready to create their own escape puzzles for us to try on Showcase day.
Sports Leaders had their planning skills tested as they started the organisation for their Primary sports festival on Thursday. The All A-Board group began planning their scale models and trying out sawing skills on old pallets ready for up-sized, recycled dominoes. The Big Bang Fizz group experimented crisps and biscuits to calculate differing rates of energy while the Absurd-i-tea group carried out a blind tea test ready for pop-up Afternoon Tea on Thursday. Another expert visited the Magical Mindfulness group to introduce them to some yoga moves to help them find an inner calm!
A great start made to Day 1 with so many students displaying our learning behaviours of reflection, resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility, reasoning and respect choosing Creative Champions will be a challenge for our group leaders!