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Castle Making Competition

November 17th, 2016

Isaac, Archie, Pip, Billy, Finn, Ebrahim, Alexander, Yuki and Arlo with their winning castles

As their first major piece of homework for history, all Year 7 pupils were tasked with building a model Norman castle that could fit inside a shoebox. On the final day before half-term a competition was held in the Year 7 Common Room with the models being judged on accuracy, effort and attention to detail.

Due to the high quality of entries this year, nine winners were picked, more than any previous year. Isaac Ohringer, Archie Dunbar-Reece, Pip Brownjohn, Billy Osborn, Finn Hildesley, Ebrahim Andrabi, Alexander Ringuet, Yuki Hoshino and Arlo Plesniak will be rewarded with a day trip to the Tower of London where they can compare their models to a full size Norman castle.

To see more of the castles and the judging competition, click here.

Macbeth at RADA

November 17th, 2016

Macbeth, surrounded by the witches as his army look down

In mid-November, the drama club performed Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

The play, which was part of the nationwide Shakespeare in Schools Festival, saw the script re-worked to a contemporary war setting with an all-male cast. Boys from a number of Year groups took part in the play, with boys who have chosen Drama as their GCSE subjects taking the main roles of Macbeth, Duncan and Banquo.

The boys who took part had the chance to rehearse at Morley College in Southwark every week. The historic adult college provided a technical rehearsal space as well as tutoring for the boys, teaching them how to perform blank verse and iambic pentameter.

The performance itself took place at RADA in Covent Garden. The group spent the day at the academy, getting a full technical run through with professionals directing them and leading them in lighting and audio cues, finely tuning what they had rehearsed. The evening performance played to a sold out audience.

For more images of the performance, click here.