Sandringham School has seen a feast of vibrant arts activities in its annual Artsweek. Students have been able to take part in professional workshops including working with the highly acclaimed Carrie Washington in Dance, Laura Ellis in Art, Tangled Feet theatre company in Drama and professional rapper Curtis Watt in Music. Students engagement and participation has been of the highest level and represents the strong interest in creative learning opportunities at the school.
Students have been able to engage in collaborative performances on the school field every lunchtime; performances have ranged from open mic sessions, drama showtime performances, dance workshops and practical art sessions. It has been great to see the school community coming together to engage in arts activities.
The Visual Arts exhibition on Tuesday evening was a showcase of work from across all key stages. Work ranged from photography portfolios to winning exhibits that have been shortlisted for the Mall Galleries Schools competition and the National Schools photography competition.
The Sandpit Theatre has been a hive of activity this week. On Tuesday evening over 200 musicians took part in the summer concert. Performances ranged from films score to jazz and from barber shop close harmony to orchestral scores. The Year 13 leaver musicians gave a rousing performance to celebrate their final concert in the Sandpit theatre demonstrating their high level of musical accomplishments. On Wednesday afternoon the jazz band gave an outdoor concert ahead of their tour to Paris. The audience enjoyed a range of jazz classics in the glorious July sunshine.
Our annual House Arts competition took place on Wednesday evening and demonstrated the wealth of creative skills students have in terms of devising, performing and collaborating across the arts. It was a fantastic end to the whole school Arts day and showed imaginative links between West End theatre and the whole school character programme. Congratulations to all houses for their energetic, polished performances and a special mention to Austen House who lifted the House Arts trophy for 2018.
The final evening event of Artsweek was led by the Dance faculty; the end of term Dance show Sway attracted a large audience to celebrate the extensive extra-curricular offer from the Dance faculty. The wealth of talent on display was very impressive and diverse.
As Artsweek comes to a close we wish our musicians the best of luck on their four day tour to Paris. Students have successfully passed auditions to perform in the main auditorium at Disneyland Paris and they will also give two concerts in central Paris.
A big thank you to all our students for their active participation in the arts and to all the staff across all arts faculties and the Sandpit theatre team for a world class week of creative learning.