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Perse Year 7 Arts Festival marks centenary of the end of World War I

28 Sep 2018

World War I provided the theme as Perse School pupils got their creative juices flowing for the Year 7 Arts Festival.

With the centenary of the end of the Great War looming, youngsters spent the day taking part in themed art, music and drama workshops, culminating in a show on stage at the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre.

In drama, they came up with short plays inspired by pictures from World War I, while in music, they sang songs from the Great War era. Pupils produced old-fashioned prints in art sessions, which were then displayed in the Gallery Studio.

Director of English & Drama Chris Green was delighted with the response of the Year 7 pupils taking part in the activities.

He said: “Previously, we’ve always done the Year 7 Arts Festival in early November as the culmination of several weeks of work in art, music and English where they had prepared and rehearsed in lessons to perform on a final evening.

“We’ve moved it to earlier in the term so it’s also more of a team-building exercise. As well as doing the music and art workshops with their forms, they had one-and-a-half hours to put something together to perform on the stage, so there was a bit of a buzz about the whole day.

“Pupils seemed to find it fun and it was a chance for them to take the initiative and stand up on stage and perform.”

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