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Record-breaking arts and culture festival thrills students at school in Stanmore

Students at Park High School in Stanmore concluded their 2024 Arts and Culture Festival with a drama workshop led by The Stanislavsky Experience. The festival included a variety of performances, workshops, and visits across dance, drama, and music disciplines, engaging a record number of students.

The Performing Arts Department curated a wide range of activities to enrich the students’ curriculum and foster a deeper appreciation for arts and culture.

Record-breaking arts and culture festival thrills students at school in Stanmore Harrow Online
Image: Park High School, Stanmore.

Highlights included a Composer in Residence Project with Dominique le Gendre, theatre workshops, an African drumming workshop, live art drawing, and a visit to MoveIt!, a dance exhibition at the Excel Centre. Park High alumna Anna Nicholls led a dance workshop, and students attended performances of Romeo and Juliet at The Globe and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Squire Stage Combat conducted a theatrical fight workshop.

The school also held an Arts & Culture Evening, celebrating the talents within the community, with food from different cultures and the annual staff ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ competition, which was won by Maths teacher, Mr. Babu.

The school held an inaugural Arts Award Evening, recognising the achievements of over 100 students in the Performing Arts.  The award for Outstanding Commitment to the Performing Arts was won by Year 10 student Keeya, who said: “I am so lucky to have such wonderful teachers and such amazing opportunities. I have found my true home in the Performing Arts departments and really enjoy everything that we do”.

Record-breaking arts and culture festival thrills students at school in Stanmore Harrow Online
Image: Park High School, Stanmore.

Laura Molloy, Head of Performing Arts, said: “We are thrilled to offer our students such a rich and exciting range of life changing activities.  We give to our students but they, in turn, enter into a world of performance and creativity which inspires us and celebrates the diversity of our school community”.

Colette O’Dwyer, Headteacher, said: “I am always proud of our students and none more so than when I see them on stage, collaborating in small groups or working with external providers. Park High has a thriving Performing Arts Faculty and it is thanks to the dedication of our staff that our students truly benefit”.

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