Dance Trip 2018

On Thursday 12th April, 26 pupils watched the critically acclaimed Matthew Bourne Cinderella at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Set in London during the Second World War, Matthew Bourne’s interpretation is a true war-time romance following Cinderella’s chance meeting with a wounded RAF pilot whilst enduring loss and tragedy during the Blitz. It was notably darker than the Disney version!

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the ballet commenting on the quality of the dancing and the delicate portrayal of the story by the leads.

It was a fantastic show and a great introduction to ballet for some of our pupils who had never been to the ballet before.

Dancer performs alongside professionals

Amy Finnigan performs alongside professional dancers from the Birmingham Royal School of Ballet

Year 11 student and a talented ballet dancer Amy Finnigan performs at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Amy secured the soloist part, the Fairy of Beauty, in the brand-new adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, The Sleeping Beauty Dreams.

The journey for Amy began back in September when she auditioned under the creative direction and watchful eyes of former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Jenny Murphy and Rachel Hester. Competition for the parts was high with some 161 dancers all striving to secure a part in the highly acclaimed production. Impressed by the eminence of Amy’s performance she was rewarded by being honoured with the soloist part and being part of the corps de ballet.

Amy along with the other successful students were joined by three of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dancers, Yvette Knight and Edivaldo Souza da Silva who took on the main roles of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund, and Rory Mackay who played the part of the Master of Ceremonies, Catalabutte.

Amy and the other students rehearsed together each week in Birmingham and most weekends too, to create the magical performance. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s aim is to recognise talent in the short time framework that they had. They worked with the students on extremely challenging choreography, pushing their own boundaries, and giving them the chance to train and rehearse with professional ballet dancers and instilling knowledge of the hard-working life of the Company.

This opportunity has had a lasting impact on Amy and being part of this project has been immeasurable, providing her with memories will last a lifetime.

As a school, we are incredibly proud of Amy’s remarkable achievements especially as she took part in this project whilst still attending school, keeping up with her homework, attending her local dance school, and classes as a Senior Associate of The Royal Ballet. We wish Amy continued success in the future.

CHESTERFIELD PE DEPARTMENT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

#GetSetAction Below is an article written by Emily Jones Chesterfield high school female sports captain. Both Emily and Jack Stanford,  male sports captain, have been on training run by Youth Sport Trust as ambassadors for promoting  the 2016 Olympic values. They attended a day at Villa Park as part of their role on the Champion schools project. This is just one of the projects that they have worked on, involving organising  a team of Chesterfield volunteers.

 

Jack and I were both selected by the Get Set organisation to plan and carry out an event that involved interaction with the older adults of our community. In doing so, we needed to make sure it was going to be most effective whilst focussing on an Olympic theme, in honour of Rio 2016. We met with the elderly people just after lunchtime and brought them from their local church hall,  to Chesterfield High. The event took place in our well-equipped Dance Studio, where both games of boccia and Olympic quizzes ran well, individuals were also offered a range of refreshments in the style of a traditional afternoon tea. Overall, Jack and I both feel the event was a success, as it allowed both younger and older individuals to interact effectively. Interestingly, the older individuals had a clear knowledge of past Olympics and this helped effectively during what seemed to be a very competitive Quiz!!

 

At the end of the event our aim was achieved, as the older individuals left Chesterfield with their own gold medal and a huge smile to match.

 

As testimony to the hard work that went into making the event possible the participants rated the event as “brilliant”, “I am so glad I came along, it’s been fantastic “

It was wonderful to see how well the students responded and lovely to see everyone smiling and having a fantastic time. The students involved were an absolute credit to Chesterfield High School and also made a wonderful contribution to the community. We are hoping to do  another event with Age Concern near Christmas.

HMS TYNE

On Friday twelve Key Stage 3 pupils were invited to visit HMS Tyne which was docked at Liverpool’s Cruise Terminal. The visit enabled pupils to discover and learn about the different fleets in the Royal Navy and the variety of career opportunities that the Naval Service has to offer.

HMS Tyne is the first of a trio of River-class patrol ships built to safeguard the fishing stocks in UK. The ship is one of the busiest in the Fleet as she spends on average nine out of every ten days of the year at sea. Her main role is enforcement of National and EU fisheries legislation within British Fishery Limits. Tyne has also been designed to carry out a number of other tasks including – but not limited to – environmental protection, search and rescue and maritime security.  With a crew of just 42, split into 3 watches, the ship is able to patrol for in excess of 300 days per year.

Pupils: Ellie May Musker, Eleanor Edwards, Lewis Robertson, Kyle Gorman, Nathan Smith, Jessica Taylor, Jessica Howard, Adam Gorman, Kyle Roberts, Sydney Eames, Callum McCartney and Colin Gorman

 

 

Lunchtime Tennis sessions

As part of the school’s extra-curricular offering, local professional coach Ben Saunders from Campion Tennis Club runs a weekly tennis club that provides the opportunity for pupils to be active during their lunch times on Mondays and Thursdays. The main aim of the club is to attract pupils to take part and provide them with the opportunity to participate in Tennis outside of lessons in school. The club has an informal structure and a friendly atmosphere that attracts pupils from year 7 to 11. Ben spends time providing coaching to the pupils if they want it and providing useful hints and tips to help them improve their skills. Ben also provides opportunities for the pupils to get involved in various tennis events happening outside of school, in the local area.

There is a FREE Tennis Taster event for all ages & abilities this Sunday 1-3pm at Victoria Park, Waterloo
Click on the link to book a place….1st 30 players get a prize!
https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/VictoriaParkWaterloo

Year 9 students tour Athenaeum club

Year 9 students from Chesterfield High School enjoyed an informative and surprising morning touring Liverpool’s long-established Athenaeum club. Positioned just off the busy shopping hub of Church Street, the figure of Athena presides over the door signifying the ideals to which this institution aspires. Once within, the students encountered the club’s links with Liverpool’s history and explored its library and archives, encountering a 1452 text on pyrotechnics from Germany which may be the earliest printed text in Europe, a twelfth century copy of the Magna Carta printed on vellum and a first edition of Joyce’s ‘Ullyses’. As well as exploring the rare, valuable and culturally significant texts, the students enjoyed the opportunity to read through choice items drawn from the archives featuring the appearance of Spring Heel Jack in Liverpool, nineteenth century reports of Liverpool hauntings and contemporary texts on the two wars in a bid to inspire creative writing.

Under the expert guidance of the club’s librarian, students learnt much about historical texts and the development of printing. The club’s public engagement officer, John Corbett helped to contextualise the  club’s role in Liverpool’s history and politics leaving students with an insight into the world of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Liverpool.

The students found the experience to be an enlightening affirmation of Liverpool’s historical and cultural significance. They have seen an archive still visited by scholars as a vital reference library for their studies and have encountered a host of characters and narratives that will inspire a range of creative writing.

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