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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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RSA Performing Arts Newsletter

RSA Newsletter


It’s been a crazy, hectic and frighteningly busy few weeks back! But fear not though, we have managed to thrash together another Performing Arts newsletter reflecting on the “goings on” in the faculty during the last summer term.

Massive congratulations to all of our examination students who have achieved some of our best ever results and keeping us firmly at the top of the county in terms of results overall. Well done everybody involved….. together we are keeping creativity alive and kicking.

Please download the latest copy here sep-2016-rsa-perf-arts-newsletter

We’ve had to keep the issue shorter this time (8 pages) due to a short fall in sponsorship. A massive “thank you” goes to the Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity who are supporting us this year as we search for a more permanent sponsor for the newsletter.

A huge “thank you” too to former student Ava Forbes who has given us hours of her time in compiling this edition.


GCSE Music Concert VII

Thursday 15th October saw the return of our GCSE Music Concert series. Featured as part of the Academy’s ‘Arts week’, the concert saw a packed out Max enjoy an eclectic mix of styles and performances. This concert saw a first for the GCSE Music Concerts; we began with a class performance from a year 10 class. This is the first time this has happened at the first concert of the year! The class was our Edexcel class performing one of the set works they study, ‘All Blues’ by Miles Davis. This is a complex piece featuring heavily extended chords and containing improvisation at its core. Our improvised soloists in the performance were Tarran Mann and Charlie Hilton on Piano, who also both performed solos on piano later in the concert. Elsewhere in the programme we had Abi Wright perform a solo on French Horn. Hope Haynes-Coote, Emily Moore and Sejal Assan all performed Flute solos. We had a rock band featuring Matt Moir, Kieran King, James Dixon-Boarder and Adam Pugh, perform ‘Seven Nation Army’. Holly Barnett performed a saxophone solo as Rebecca Alder performed a piano solo. We had a variety of excellent solo singers performing including, Mae Dudley, Lola Pap, Bronwen Herdman, Ella Soyza, Adam Pugh, Ben Maclean and Amirah Bobat. The crowd were a great mix of students and parents/family members and they responded with great encouragement and applause for our performers throughout the evening.

Photos of the event can be found on the academy website here.



Robert Smyth Academy held its annual Arts week week beginning 12th October, and it turned out to be a very busy week, often with multiple workshops happening all at the same time! Arts week is a chance for all students at the Academy to experience something new, or further their skills in an Art form in which they are already familiar with. Students could attend two workshops/seminars in the week and nearly all workshops were completely free. The week saw Ross Carpenter and Anji Mehra-Hughes from ‘Matthew Bournes New Adventures’ come in to share their knowledge and professional experience with the students as well as work on set tasks to develop their knowledge of Bourne’s version of ‘The Nutcracker’.

We also had Comics illustrator, Matt Timson, come in who delivered a workshop on drawing ‘Freaky heads!’ Professional photographer Jo Gane gave a pinhole photography workshop for a whole day. Recording and mix engineer, and ex Robert Smyth student, Jamie Ward delivered a seminar on creating a professional mix and talked us through his work. Julie Wright came in to deliver African Drumming sessions to our GCSE Music students and to local Primary schools. We also had the Embroiderers Guild work with our textile students. Illustrator and ex Robert Smyth student, Alice Bowsher came in to discuss her work and what it’s like to carve out a career as an artist. Iquan Silcott delivered a workshop in Lyrical Jazz and Commercial Dance. And Susie Preston came in to deliver a workshop in cake decorating. We also used our in house practitioners to deliver workshops in their specialised areas. Dance teacher Marie Routledge delivered two sessions to local Primary schools in Bollywood dance. Claire Parsons delivered a Drama devising workshop called Play in a day with over thirty students at once! Kyle Eastwood pushed our drama and theatre students to the limits with a workshop on her specialism, Physical Theatre, in the style of her group, Frantic Assembly. Alex Old, our new Design teacher and former automotive designer, held two workshops on marker and photoshop rendering for our budding designers too.

There was an amazing buzz around the Academy as workshops brimmed over with students discovering new skills and concepts all week. The week was rounded off with one of the year’s GCSE Music Concerts, which saw Key Stage 4 Music students take to the stage in our Performing Arts performance space, the Max.

“I learned so much from Arts Week. I furthered my knowledge of mixing and production as well as learning some new skills by attending the Freaky Heads drawing workshop. We are all very lucky to have such an event happen in the Academy every year.” – Jake Bentley, year 13.


More photos from the week can be found here: Robert Smyth Academy website

Arts Week 2015

Our annual Arts Week is soon to be upon us! The Performing Arts and Design faculties unit every year to deliver (mostly) free workshops for one week that students can sign up for.

This year we have a selection of external and internal experts delivering over a dozen different workshops across the different disciplines within our faculties.


Highlights include:

Matthew Bournes New Adventures

The internationally renowned contemporary dance company are coming to RSA from London to deliver a master class in contemporary dance.


Freakish Heads Illustration

Comic book artist, Matt Timson, will be here running a workshop on drawing horrible heads!


Play in a day

RSA’s own Claire Parsons, from Parsnips youth theatre, will be creating a ‘Play in a day’ for budding actors and improvisers.



The Embroiderers Guild will be in showing the students how to create many new stitches.



Ex-RSA student and professional producer, recording and mix engineer, Jamie Ward, will be in demonstrating some of his Pro-Tools sessions from some of the recordings he has recorded and mixed. He’ll be talking through tracking and mixing decisions he made along the way and will be offering up some of his tricks of the trade.

Here’s a description to all the events you can sign up for and timetable of all the sessions.

Arts week workshops

Arts Week Timetable 15 NGH