Chiswick School arts programme for the summer term – come see

Images above: Chiswick School steel pan; Performing Arts Choir on Coronation weekend

It has been a bumper whirlwind roller coaster ride in the Arts department at Chiswick School

By Tommy Robinson

As with all schools we have had the pressure of exam expectations and deadlines. Music, Performing Arts and Art all had their year 11 practical exams this term and after five years of study, heartache and triumph it was time for them to show just how good they are.

In a term where Ofsted (and their procedures)  have been at the forefront of all teachers’ minds, the idea of being individually judged is never an easy one for anyone, let alone artists. This is also the first time since COVID that the exam process has “returned to normal”.

However the job of a school is relatively simple…get the students a level of education that can be assessed and quantified so employers and further education establishments can see where they are in relation to others. Government league table aside, and OFSTED grading…the outcomes for our students is our number one concern.

So for the past five years we have pushed and encouraged those students who have a talent or passion for the arts to ensure they get the best possible outcome. Now we wait for August!

Image above: Chiswick Voices Choir travelled to Oxford University, Somerville College, to sing in their Choral Contemplation

Public performances at Watermans arts centre, the Tabard theatre and Oxford University

Of course in the Arts it is not all test, test, test, it’s also about engagement and fun. It is this engagement that establishes in the mind of our students that the Arts are important and they can do well.

This term has been full of successes for Art, Dance, Drama and Music. We have performed publicly seven times over the past six weeks.

Included in this our Chiswick Voices Choir travelled to Oxford University, Somerville College, to sing in their Choral Contemplation. Our Dance group went to Featherstone High to participate in the Hounslow Dance Festival to great applause and our Drama department performed 12 at Watermans Arts Centre to a two-night Full House.

Our Arts department was extremely proud to announce that one of our year 12 students has been chosen to exhibit at The Royal Academy Summer Show. Drama also had student success with one of our year 11s being accepted into the National Youth Theatre.

One student taking part in the Royal Academy Summer Show, another headed for the National Youth Theatre

The weekend of the Coronation was a very busy one for us, with performances from our Steel Pans at Strand on the Green, our rock band “The Q” in South Acton and our Performing Arts Choir entertaining the crowds at the Flower Market. Earlier in the month the same group also performed at the W4 plinth reveal with a song and a dance.

The next and final term will be even busier, with a planned nine shows including our full school production of Charlie and Summer Arts Festival, a Dance show and our much-anticipated Arts Awards.

Images above: Left and centre, student headed for the National Youth Theatre; Right, performance of 12 at Watermans

Awards are also something that has defined this term for us in the Arts. In April our Music teacher Mr Moxon was shortlisted as Pearson Education New Teacher of the year and in May the school was proud to announce their short listing for the TES Secondary School of the year.

In addition to this the Arts department announced their own double shortlisting for TES Excellence in Creative Arts Award and  Subject lead of the Year (for Mr Robinson).

If you measure a school by its success, then it is clear just from the last term alone that we at Chiswick School can quantify that success.

Image above: Among the plans for the summer, a Dance festival

Forthcoming shows

No need to suffer from fear of missing out, we have plenty happening in the summer term.

Thursday 29 June Summer Concert – St Nicholas Church

Wednesday 5 July Summer Arts Festival – Chiswick School

Monday 10 / Tuesday 11 July Charlie! – Chiswick School

Wednesday 12 JulyAberfan and Dance festival – Chiswick School

Thursday 13 July Arts Awards- Chiswick School

Saturday 15 July Little Women – Tabard Theatre

Monday 17 July Metamorphosis – Chiswick School

More details on twitter and school website.

Tommy Robinson is Coordinator of Creative and Performing Arts at Chiswick School.

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