Four students and Mrs Clark travelled to London Olympia for a day of dance classes, watching professional and dance college performances and the opportunity to speak with top dance and performing arts colleges about further education and summer schools. We were also joined by an ex-student Briony Andrew who is at London Studio Centre studying for a degree in dance. One of the exhibiting dance Colleges.
The day started well with Chanique Green meeting Twist and Pulse and Molly Rasmussen and Katie Malabar meeting Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette form Strictly Come Dancing.
Throughout the day our students talked to many dance colleges about future pathways and have an insight in to the expectations of such courses.
Each student selected dance classes that specifically interested them, Ella Phillips enjoyed a session of Lindy Hop, Westside Story and an introduction to Latin dancing.
Chanique shone in an acrobatics class with the focus on a free walkover!
Whilst Molly and Katie took part in a commercial and contemporary class led by London Studio Centre and Westside Story.
The journey home was spent discussing the classes, possible summer schools and future studies!
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Year 6 pupils from Isle of Wight Primary Schools had the chance to be delegates at Christ the King College’s model UN conference on Tuesday.
Delegates came from Australia (Priory School), China (Summerfields) Primary School and Holy Cross Primary School), Egypt (St Blasius Primary School), Germany (St Mary’s Primary School), India (St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School), Kenya (Holy Cross Primary), Peru (St Francis Primary School), Romania (Carisbrooke Primary School), UK (Holy Cross Primary School) and USA (Holy Cross Primary School).
Mrs Pat Goodhead, Principal, welcomed the delegates before the Opening Conference Speeches by Mr Peter Gale – Explaining the basics of climate change, Dr Richard Lawson – An environmentalist’s perspective, and Dr Kevin Dean – From an Industrialist’s point of view.
Delegates then spent the rest of the morning writing their policies before presenting them to the conference in the afternoon. Each country was assisted by a Sixth Form Ambassador. There was much debate before a panel of Year 8 students from Christ the King College summed up by choosing which policies would be implemented. Christ the King College’s Head Boy and Head Girl closed the conference by thanking the delegates for coming and leading a prayer.
Pupils went away with a greater awareness of global issues, following talks, discussion and debate on climate change. They had the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and make new friends.
Book lovers at Christ the King College attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for the “most books exchanged in eight hours at multiple venues” on Friday 6th February.
The Christ the King students were among those from 80 schools nationwide who took part in the attempt in celebration of National Libraries Day on Saturday. A number of Year 7 and 8 students took part swapping books which ranged from graphic novels, classics through to modern day fiction.
A college spokeswoman said: “It has been a great opportunity for us to promote the College library and a love of reading.”
It will take up to 12 weeks for the school to find out if the record attempt was successful.
On Tuesday 29th January 2015 a group of 47 year 8 students attended a trip to the Natural History Museum in London. We visited the Dinosaur gallery to view the new complete stegosaurus skeleton which linked into the KS3 curriculum. The students also seemed to particularly enjoy the gift shop! The trip was a resounding success and even with temperamental ferry times we made it back home on schedule. The Science department would like to thank the students who attended as well as the LSA staff who contributed to the success of the trip.
Christ the King College had tremendous success at the 2015 Rotary Youth Speaks Isle of Wight heat at Medina Theatre on Tuesday 3rd February, being declared winners in both age groups of this public speaking competition – an unprecedented achievement!
The intermediate team of Tessa Crosbie (chairperson), Elsie Lewis (main speaker) and Jessica Case (proposer of vote of thanks) delivered a polished and highly impressive performance, in a light-hearted presentation on the trials of going on holiday. Their victory ensured that they retained the title won by last year's team, which Tessa and Elsie were also part of.
Following this, the senior team of Megan Rogers (chair), Emily Slatter (main speaker) and Louise Ryan (proposer) took to the stage, presenting superbly, and at times emotively on the topic of image and its undue importance to young people. They too were deemed victorious, completing a College clean sweep!
These young ladies performed with exceptional poise and confidence – they truly are a credit to themselves and the College. Thanks also to Charlotte Blaehr for her support of the intermediate team. Both teams now will represent the Isle of Wight at the District Finals on Saturday 7th March, at a Hampshire venue to be announced.
On Thursday, 29th January, all GCSE Drama and A Level Theatre studies students at Christ the King College attended a workshop with award winning Theatre designer Ellen Nabarro.
Ellen has designed productions at the Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and Gielgud Theatre to name a few: Her current design of 'Curious Incident of the dog in the night time' is touring the United Kingdom and currently playing on Broadway.
Students had the opportunity to discuss design concepts for their own practical work and gained an insight into Ellen's working practice and how designers collaborate within a professional context.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with a professional Theatre Designer and will be able to use this experience to enhance their studies.