‘Let’s Dance’ Dance Festival- Sold Out Success!

Primary and Secondary ‘Let’s Dance’ Dance Festival

Sold Out Success!

Last night we had over 100 primary school students from a range of different schools take part in the S.Peter’s  Dance Festival. The theme ‘Around the World’  was loosely narrated by two S.Peter’s sixth form students who took the audience on a backpacking journey. Each area in the world was performed through a a variety of dance styles. Styles included, Gymnastics, African, Bhangra, Martial Arts, Chinese Fan dancing, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Street Dance.

The whole of the block surrounding the Hayward Theatre from 6pm was a hive of activity; students getting ready into costume, having final rehearsals and sending messages of encouragement to each other. The lighting, music and set added to the overall buzz and the students were so excited, it was a pleasure to see.

The S.Peter’s dancers too were exceptional. They not only performed an array of styles from around the world, but they helped the younger ones and supported backstage.

The audience along with the head teachers from the Primary Schools arrived as excited, and although the show started at 7pm, were ready and waiting by 6:30pm. The show was a sell out and the atmosphere within the room all night was electric. It was great to see the audience members cheering and supporting the children with elated faces.

Thank you to Mr Badhen and Mr Leek for the technical support and Mrs Leek for helping support last night.

We have one more night tonight, starting at 7pm, and again it’s a sell out!

As a teacher I couldn’t have felt prouder to see these children on stage! I am looking forward to another great night tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Festive Fun Filled Show!

Students on Thursday 10th December took to the stage for the opening night of their production ‘A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol’. The show started at 7pm and was embellished with dances showing our students many talents within the Performing Arts.

Parents, family and friends commented on what a wonderful evening of entertainment they had, and how they enjoyed the light hearted humour throughout.The students were fantastic and all need to be congratulated on their efforts!

The cast and crew look forward to another fun filled festive evening tonight!

Doors open at 6:45pm!

 

 

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Codsall Community Dance Festival

 A hand selected group of girls were taken to Codsall Community School last half term for the Community Dance Festival.  This was a fun afternoon which consisted of appreciating a range of dance performances from a variety of schools within the local area. The group worked exceptionally hard through rehearsals performing five different routines in a variety of styles. This ranged from solo Ballet/Pointe work, Contemporary dance and Commercial Dancing. All students were very proud and happy with their achievements and are looking forward to the next one.

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Year 12 Performing Arts- The Truth Behind the Mask Exam Performance

On Tuesday 3rd March at 4pm in the Hayward Theatre, the Performing Arts Students in Year 12 will be performing their own devised pieces to a live audience.

The two groups explore societies most controversial topics through the stimulus of ‘The Truth Behind the Mask.’

Family, friends and staff are all welcome to come and support in the Hayward Theatre.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts

The Y11 BTEC Performing Arts class proudly present their devised examination pieces, ‘What’s your story’ and ‘No happy ending’. Come and support them on Wednesday 12th November in The Hayward Theatre at 4pm. Prepare to be moved, shocked and entertained.

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Hairspray Success

A massive thank you to everyone who attended, or supported the school production of ‘Hairspray’. The show was a complete sell-out and has been extremely well received by audience members.

The 54 strong cast, made up of students from Year 8 to 13, performed with confidence and enthusiasm, accompanied by the incredibly talented student band.

Mrs Bowden, Chair of Governors, said, ‘The show was superb, the cast have done S. Peter’s proud.’

Well done to everyone involved!

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Hairspray: Now SOLD OUT!

We are delighted to announced that next week’s production of Hairspray is a complete sell out!

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Thank you for buying your tickets! We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

Vinegar Tom Review

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With witches and devils, trials and executions, S Peter’s 6th form successfully produced and performed the play; Vinegar Tom. The set of the play was decorated with various sexist posters and biblical quotes to coincide with feminist twist of the play. Written by the British playwright, Caryl Churchill, the play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of the 17th century witchcraft trials in England.

Tickets for the show were sold out on both consecutive nights leaving more than expected audience members thrilled by the ‘outstanding performance with a challenging and mature script’ as described by Mrs Pritchard (Assistant Principal of Communication and Creativity).

Along with the ‘passionate performers’ quoted from Mrs Rollins (Head of 6th form), was the sensual dance performed by 6th form students Bradley Smith and Hannah Mitchell. Students and parents also enjoyed the play saying they felt it was ‘wickedly brilliant … well performed and a brilliant production.’

The director of the production, Anya Tye (6th form student) said, ‘I’m glad I have had the chance to direct and work with swell people. It was a great experience and I’m extremely happy with the final show.’ Vinegar Tom proved a success with positive feedback and enthusiasm shown by both the cast members and audience supporters.

Reviewed by Sandeep Louise Bhardwaj

 

Performing Arts

Music Drama & Dance



 

Department Staff Members

  • Mr T. Barnard – Director Of Learning Performing Arts

  • Mr J. Peacock – Lead Practitioner Music

  • Miss J. Spilsbury – Subject Leader Drama

The Performing Arts at S. Peter’s promote and develop a relationship between school, students, parents/carers, educational partners and the community which is central to the ethos of our school and to the vision of an inclusive Arts provision for all. It is dynamic, motivational, spiritual and exciting. Many of our students go on to study the arts in higher education and we watch with pride as students go on to establish themselves in their areas of interest.


 

The Curriculum

All students in KS3 study music and drama. Students have a wider range of choices in Year 9 with GCSE music and drama, dance and artsaward. There is a qualified artsaward assessor in the Department and the Silver artsaward course is offered to Year 9 as a one year foundation course before progressing to either Music, Drama or Performing Arts Courses in Yr 10 & 11. Curriculum attainment in the Arts is extremely high and a large percentage of the school student population opt to pursue an arts based GCSE or BTEC course in KS4. Level 3 sixth form courses are taught in partnership with the consortium schools and further details can be found in the consortium options booklet.


Examination Boards

Music GCSE – OCR

Music A Level – Edexcel

BTEC Performing Arts – Edexcel

Drama GCSE –

Theatre Studies A Level –


Facilities

Music

As part of Wolverhampton’s BSF programme, a new Music Department for S. Peter’s is currently under construction and is due to be completed by January 2014. This exciting new space will give us a range of new facilities including a recital room, ensemble room, two large teaching rooms, recording studio and four practise rooms.  In addition to this the department will be equipped with 21st Century IT facilities.  

The Hayward Theatre

Fully equipped with sound and lighting to industry standards and capable of seating 200 audience members with  fully retractable tiered seating, the theatre is used regularly for musical productions, plays, dancing and concerts.

The Drama Studio

Adjoining the Hayward theatre is a Drama Studio used for teaching and rehearsing.

Instrumental Teaching

We place great emphasis on music making at S.Peter’s. Each child is given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and our dedicated team of Instrumental Teachers from Wolverhampton Music School currently teach over 200 students from Year 7 through to 13 on a weekly basis. Accreditation for exams is through either ABRSM or the Trinity and Guildhall exam boards.

Each child receiving instrumental tuition also participates in the successful Extra-Curricular music programme, ensuring that the ensemble and social needs of our students are also met.

Community and Partnerships

Involving our students in the community is a growing element of Performing Arts at S.Peter’s. Through the curriculum they are encouraged to visit and review exhibitions and productions at local and regional venues, whilst co-curricular work sees students performing at events including: School Concerts, residential trips, concerts within local parishes, regional and national festivals, the Local Education Authority’s Wolverhampton Annual Peer Mentor Celebration, Civic Occasions such as Armed Forces Day in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton and many others. We work hard to seek out the best opportunities for our students and in recent years the school has had groups perform in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall, Lichfield Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.


Click here and Look at our Performing Arts News blog to get a flavour of some of the music, drama and dance activities available to S. Peter’s students.