On the 18th September, a group of students saw “Come From Away: The Musical” at the Phoenix Theatre, the most recent winner of Best New Musical at the Olivier awards, a title which it most surely deserves.
On Thursday 4th July, I took a group of Year 12 and 10 Design Students to the New Designers Show. This is an exhibition where some of the top designers and engineers get to show their work and the best universities promote their courses. This trip was to allow our students to research methods, materials and ideas for their Independent making projects.
On the 24th January, guest lecturer Andrew Donkin visited to talk about his excellent graphic novel “Illegal”. It is a timely, fiction book that displays the real stories behind migration in hope for a better life through the tale of Ebo, a vivacious, motherless 12-year-old boy from Niger who follows his older brother from his inadequate village to the city of Agadez, where traffickers take them across the Sahara Desert to a coastal city in northern Libya. Here, the vulnerable boys again put their lives in the hands of iniquitous men, who give them a cramped space on a compact boat heading for Italy, where they believed would be the start of their new, superior life.
On 28th November, the Sixth Form Culture Club took a trip to see the musical “Chicago” at the Phoenix Theatre near Charing Cross. Set in Chicago in the Jazz Age of the 1920s, it tells the story of Roxie Hart, a young woman who is sent to jail for the murder of a man she was having an affair with and her quest to be acquitted, rather than hanged, but more importantly: to be in the papers!