Music & The Arts
The Sword in the Stone - Summer Term 2016
We welcomed members of the Image Musical Theatre Company into school during the summer term, to perform ‘The Sword in the Stone’. All the boys were really excited when they saw the hall transformed into a medieval forest that took us back ye olde days of knights, dragons and wizards.
All the boys were treated to a singing workshop of songs from the production, so they could sing along with the cast. Nine lucky boys were also selected to rehearse and become characters from the story on stage. Mr De Lucia told us – "the production itself was really enjoyable and the response was amazing." Samuel R, who played a character in the production, exlaimed that it was - "the best!"
There were cuddly talking creatures, a dragon and students dressed as knights, beggars and medieval children as well as a cheeky little joker! They all thoroughly deserved their curtain call at the end and the boys have asked for the theatre company to come back next year.
Music Week - Spring Term 2016
Britain's Got Talent, X Faxtor, The Voice? Brantridge School has demonstrated that we have the X Factor, talent and voices in abundance!
We were joined in school by Matthew Hemson from the Therapeutic Media Company. Matthew is a trained Play Therapist and talented musician - with a difference. He uses the medium of music to engage pupils in far more than meoldy, rhythm and a beautiful sound. He enables the pupils to grow self-regard, self-worth, self-belief, self-resilience and confidence. His ability to empower the pupils to have the ability, self-assurance and poise to stand in front of the whole shool and play an instrument or sing a song is inspirational.
Pupils had the opportunity to play a range of instruments; bass guitar, rhythm guitar, banjo, acoustic guitar and even iPad cello. Head of Education, Mark Warner, has been delighted by the boys' enthusiasm - "the level of participation from the pupils has been awesome. Behaviour, effort, concentration, patience and resilience have been so evident in every session with every pupil."
Minion Art Project - Spring Term 2016
Boris, our Safeguarding Minion, lead an art and design project to increase the boys' awareness of safety. The pupils designed their own Minions and thought about the positive messages they wanted to present, reflecting some of the values that are key to Brantridge School - such as respect, responsibility and tolerance.
We were joined in school by visiting specialist Art Teacher, Rachel Makepeace. Rachel helped the boys to paint their designs onto large pieces of MDF - ready to display in prominent areas around the school.
The key focus of the project was to encourage the boys to share any worries or concerns with Boris, so that the school can support the pupil in the most appropriate way.