St Andrew’s CE School has announced its work in partnership with The British Theatre Academy, to bring musical theatre workshops to primary schools across Croydon.
The workshops were run by groups of 12 students from St Andrew’s, whose work with the British Theatre Academy has seen students from the school perform in West End theatres in productions such as The Colour Purple and soon to be released ‘Pinocchio’The workshops brought movement and singing into the classroom for children in years four and five and began with a performance by the St Andrew’s students.
As part of the partnership, renowned actor, Max Bowden, is also set to be the guest speaker at the prestigious Junior Presentation Evening on Thursday 13th July. Max been a student at The British Theatre Academy and has since gone on to make a name for himself on UK television and beyond, appearing in hit shows including Waterloo Road and Casualty.
Kerry Targett, Headteacher at St Andrews CE School said, “Drama and music have long been a passion of St Andrew’s, and working with the British Theatre Academy has been a dream come true for many of our students. Seeing how they’ve embraced the performing arts, and the effect it has had on their wider work, has been incredibly rewarding for all our staff and we wanted to share that with primary schools in the area. The project also gives students the opportunity to mentor their younger peers, which is great for their own educational journey, self-confidence and leadership skills.”
In addition to the British Theatre Academy project, St Andrew’s opened its doors to primary schools pupils for a whole range of other activities, events and workshop. Hosting a Creative and Performing Arts Workshop in June, 90 Year 5 pupils from The Aerodrome Primary Schools had the opportunity to develop musicianship in a singing and percussion workshop, as well as cooking up some tasty treats in a food technology session.
The Drama curriculum at St Andrew’s provides students with art-form knowledge and understanding, performance and group skills, as well as reflective practice and evaluation. With drama lessons and a wide-range of arts focused extra-curricular activities, St Andrews aims to nurture and inspire creativity and confidence in every student, as well as actively developing students’ communication and collaboration skills.