Creative Students Raise Money for ‘Children’s Hospice South West’
Teign School students across all year groups contributed to a night showcasing high quality art, photography, musical theatre, drama and rock music. This free of charge event took place in the school’s theatre on 2nd July, was put together to raise money (as donations) for ‘Children’s Hospice South West’. The charity, which operates three hospices in the South West, provides care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Their support includes respite and short breaks as well as emergency, palliative and end of life care.
The packed theatre watched a cast of 80 perform songs from hit shows such as ‘Grease’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Oliver’. The students exhibited passion, professionalism and energy as soon as they hit the stage. The musical theatre routines were broken up by rousing rock songs played by a school band called ‘The Dirtbags’ (Year 9). Their repertoire, which included songs by ‘Green Day’ and ‘ACDC’, had the audience tapping their feet.
“The idea to put on a Musical Theatre Charity Show Case for the Hospice came from a Year 9 student called Ruby”, said Performing Arts Team Leader, Fay Churchill. “The staff team that put this together were very proud of the students who worked hard both on stage and behind the scenes”.
After the theatre show finished, the audience was invited to visit the school’s ‘Annual Art and Photography Exhibition’ in the Dance Studio. This pop-up gallery displayed the excellent final pieces and portfolios of GCSE and A level students who studied Photography, Art and Fine Art. The variety of styles on display was noteworthy; pop and graffiti art, oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings, pencil sketches and contemporary photography pieces could all be viewed.
“The Open Evening on July 2nd was a great success and was well attended by parents, students and staff. It was a real pleasure to see the impressive talent of our students and to give them the recognition they deserve. Thank you to all who have helped and supported the event”, said Nick Johnson, Head of Art.
As the audience left, they could give a voluntary donation to the Hospice. The total sum raised by the School showcasing the Arts stands at £379.45 which will be passed on the charity by the end of term.