Education through collaboration

For my latest assignment, I sat in on rehearsals for a joint concert with Newcastle-under-Lyme School’s Big Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards. I wanted to see what this opportunity would offer the pupils.

There were equally passionate solo performances by both Rachel and Charlie. Rachel blew me away with a passionate professional performance of ‘All About The Bass’ which she sang with inspirational confidence and talent. I was also dazzled by Charlie’s rendition of ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’, he amazed me with the enthusiasm with which he sang it. Both soloists threw themselves into their performances and stole the stage with their passion.

The collaboration between the School performers and the Guards will stay in my head for who knows how long, as even just seeing the rehearsal was a memorable experience in itself. The passion (which I know I keep reiterating), made it absolutely amazing to watch and listen to.

I encourage everyone to have the same passion for their commitments and to steal their stage.

From a student viewpoint

The first in a new series of School community blog entries.

We’ve all been shaken by the events in Manchester but I don't want to give them more publicity, because as I was told, that’s what people like that want. While we should respect and honour the dead we mustn’t dwell on the event. Life moves on because we have to. ‘The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow’ and I want to give publicity to something else.

I want to focus on the fact that, afterwards, taxi drivers drove people home free of charge, off duty medics went into work to treat people, and perfect strangers reached out to care for victims and witnesses of the event.

People were united in caring for victims, whether they knew them or not, and I think we as a school and as a community should be inspired by this. We should aim to be as caring and as generous and sensitive to the feelings of Muslim students here, whose religion is being tainted by events like the one in Manchester.

We should look at the actions of the people who cared for victims and their families, and be inspired. Instead of taking fear from this we should take inspiration. We should aim to replicate the kindness, and inspire others to as well.

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