Our performing arts students were in for a special treat last week, as we were visited by theatre performers Forrest McClendon and James T Lane for a high-energy skills workshop.
McClendon and Lane, who are currently starring in The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick theatre, put the students through their paces with a warm-up dance session, followed by acting exercises which included stage presence, expression and characterisation techniques. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the workshop.
College band Those Guys struck a chord with the judges at this year’s Skills Show in Birmingham, taking bronze in the Popular Music competition.
The six-man band, who describe their sound as “classic soul meets funky rock”, played an award-winning set included cover versions of “Hump de Bump” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the R&B classic “Just The Two Of Us”.
One of our student’s work to inspire other young people to work and study in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been recognised after she was awarded ‘Inspirational Apprentice of the Year’ in the STEMNET awards, which celebrate individuals and organisations dedicated to increasing young people’s interest in STEM subjects.
Fiona Keenaghan, 20, who studies at the Wandsworth Campus while working as an apprentice civil engineer at Thames Tideway Tunnel, was congratulated by Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, during a ceremony in the House of Lords. Part of her prize will be to join a special trip to CERN in Switzerland, famous for the Large Hadron Collider.
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