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Arts Week 2016

The Robert Smyth annual ‘Arts Week’ took place in the week before the half term break and involved students from all key stages discovering something new in the Arts.

‘Arts Week’ is a joint venture between the Art and Design faculty and the Performing Arts faculty, where students from across the academy can sign up for up to two different workshops and are allowed out of their curriculum lessons to attend these.

This years workshops were all organised and ran by our own in-house specialist teachers, showcasing again why Robert Smyth is such a good option for teaching and learning in South Leicestershire, particularly in the Arts.


Some of the workshops on offer this year were:

  • Salsa Dancing, which was very popular particularly with 6th form students this year.
  • Robert Smyth Bake Off – which was won by Jazira Uddin and Mary Welton for their upside down Oreo cake. Runner up was Scarlett Godefroy with Grace Bolton coming third.
  • ‘Parsnips’ youth theatre came in and had year 7 students creating a whole play in half a day!
  • Origami had students calmly folding paper and creating flowers, frogs, dinosaurs and rabbits!
  • The producing workshop pushed our year 7 students to the limits as they balanced, panned and added reverb and delay on to an existing multi-track recording of ‘Street Spirit’ by Radiohead.
  • Iquan Silcott from Addict Dance came in to deliver a session on Commercial dance to GCSE Dance students.
  • Mrs Petersen held a composing and arranging workshop using Sibelius notation software for year 7 composers.
  • Miss Syngajewski hosted a monologue workshop for our 6th form students who were going off for auditions.
  • ‘Paper Pokemon’ had year 7 students folding and glueing their favourite Pokemon characters together.

We need to say a massive thank you to Claire from ‘Parsnips’ youth theatre for coming in and running a workshop completely free of charge, it was very generous and the students absolutely loved it!

There were several other sessions running during the week as well, which culminated in the first concert of the year, the GCSE Music Concert in the Max, which was also fantastic and brimming with talent.

We need to say a massive “thank you” to all Art and Design and Performing Arts staff who gave up their free time to organise and run the workshops in an already very busy half term. It was a huge success and there was an amazing buzz around the academy as workshops brimmed over with students discovering new skills and concepts all week.

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