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Arts Logo    Community Arts News December 2007


The last half term has been very productive in the Performing Arts department.
To support Anti-Bullying week, theatre company Diverse Arts visited us with a performance of their play ‘Back Off Bully’ in the Bridge Theatre.
The play raised issues of bullying and victimisation both in and out of school. Year 8 were invited to watch the performance and participate in an after show discussion and workshop.

Why me?

Also as part of National Anti Bullying week, Fairfield Film Club produced a short film ‘Why Me?’ which was shown to all year groups during assembly and taken around to local primary schools. See ‘Why Me Article’ in newsletter.

Please click here to view the article.

Bolton Octagon Theatre Trip

Year 7 enjoyed a theatre trip to the Bolton Octagon on the 29th November, to see a performance of James and the Giant Peach.
The play tells the story of:
'James Henry Trotter, who once, if you remember, had been the saddest and loneliest little boy that you could find, now had all the friends and playmates in the world'
Another Roald Dahl favourite transformed onto the stage in a compelling tale of fun, wonder and magic, enjoyed by Year 7 and staff alike – delightful!

Primary Shakespeare Company

The Primary Drama Club is currently in rehearsal for ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which will be performed in the New Year!

Arts Award at Fairfield High School 

This December, 9 young people from Fairfield High School are celebrating becoming the first ever recipients of an Arts Award in Halton - the first accredited youth arts scheme to recognise young people's development as artists and arts leaders across all art forms. Arts Award is the first award scheme to recognise the development of young artists and young arts leaders. The Arts Award celebrates the creative progress made by young people and not just their artistic skill.

It can be taken at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, which are accredited at levels 1, 2 and 3 on the National Qualifications Framework.

Arts Council England launched the award last October and work in partnership with Trinity Guildhall to run the programme. The Arts Award is the first accredited scheme to recognise young people’s development through the arts. Young people grow as young artists and young arts leaders by setting their own starting points and challenges. The Arts Award offers an excellent tool for extending and celebrating our work with young people and with partners in the education and youth worlds.

So huge congratulations to Linsey Flannaghan, Naomi Heyes, Beth Kelly, Jodie Spruce, Katy Lindberg, Emma Byrom, Rebecca Ashworth who all achieved their bronze awards in art form ranging from photography to music! Also Emma Caldwell and ex pupil Hannah Wrigley who gained their silver Arts Award in photography and drama!

Fairfield High School is an Arts Award Centre, and was pleased to be host to the Arts Award shared moderation day on Wednesday 6th December, with participating centres- South Wirral High School Arts College, Ellesmere Port High School, the Bolton Octagon and Arts Council England.

The Arts Award Adviser at Fairfield High School is Mrs Allerston; so if you are interested in participating in future Arts Awards, please contact her at school – details below.

Contact details for Community Arts events:
Kate Allerston
Community Arts Development Officer
Fairfield High School

Tel 0151 423-3571 ext:344

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