6th Form Drama Report

Bedlam

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Part of the A2 Drama syllabus is to form a theatre company, ours being Periloon Productions, and to create a piece of Drama based on the stimulus ‘The Familiar Made Strange’. During our process we were influenced by many dramatic forms and theatre practitioners, such as Antonin Artaud and his ‘Theatre of Cruelty’. We wanted ‘not to define thoughts, but to cause thinking’, which inspired us to create a surrealist performance including a series of disturbing episodes that made the audience uncomfortable and left them with feelings of confusion.

Our recent performance concerned patients undertaking an experiment and explored the effects of sleep deprivation and dehumanisation. The patients, some of whom suffered from personality or psychological disorders (such as OCD and Schizophrenia), exhibited the loss of sanity that comes from sleep deprivation. The production included various atmospheric effects including: a smoke machine; strobe lighting; incense; multimedia projections and musical elements that attacked the audience’s senses.

It was a unique and exciting experience for us and our audience and we would like to thank everyone who attended for their support and our wonderful teachers for all their help and making it an enjoyable process.

By Amy Charlesworth, Nancy Lewendon, Rohan Wolsey, Connor Macleod and Blu Borgstrom.

Newsletter March 2014

ippCorsham School Master Class at Marco Pierre White Rudloe Hall
A level Food Technology Students from The Corsham School went to Rudloe Arms on Tuesday 4th March 2014 to attend a Master Class with some of Marco Pierre-White Head Chefs.
Roz Coombe from Year 12 said “We were taught how to make a 3 course meal, splitting into different groups to practise a range of different skills. We then served ourselves and enjoyed eating the end results we produced. We found this particularly interesting as it was amazing how all the skills and sensory characteristics came together.
The chefs were very insightful and we found it interesting how honed their skills were, after so much practice, for example how fast they were at chopping etc. The food was absolutely amazing and very different to what I expected. We all enjoyed it immensely.
The experience was something myself and my class-mates really enjoyed and has made me personally more interested in the subject I am studying after getting some hands-on experience in an actual kitchen, with people who have real knowledge of their profession”.
This session was yet another activity organised by the school to inspire our students towards their future careers.

Physical Education
After Corsham’s successful performance at the recent County Championships two of our pupils, Jade Littlechild Year 8 and Jesse Bacon Year 11 went onto compete at the Southwest Cross Country Championships on February 8th at King’s Park in Bournemouth.
Both students ran really well on a demanding course with Jade finishing 19th and Jesse finishing 25th.
As a result both Jade and Jesse have been selected to represent Wiltshire at the English Schools’ National Cross Country Championships at Castle Donington, Leicestershire on March 14th.

Utton RugbyYear 9 student, James Utton has been selected to join Bath Rugby’s Elite Player Development programme for the U14 age group. James represents Dorset & Wiltshire at County level and plays for Chippenham RFC. James’ invitation followed a number of County selection trials with other players from Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. James will now train weekly with U14’s group. The objective of the Academy is to provide a coaching, conditioning and education programme to improve the performance of identified potential elite rugby players to their optimum.
James now joins his older brother Jack (Year 11) who has been with the Bath EPDG group for the past two years and has been recently selected to join the U18’s group.

Drama
KS4 and KS5 Theatre Trip
As superb preparation for their own exam performances, students from Years 10 to 13 had the opportunity to visit Bristol to enjoy ‘As You Like It’ by the renowned Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory, on Thursday 13th March. You can view a trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja1Gpn8lpBs

★★★★
The Times
: Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory begin its fifteenth year in business with an enchanting staging of this comedy… I’ve seen brasher, bigger productions of this play that never came close to the sense of discovery and joy that this offers. (Dominic Maxwell 21.02.14)

University Fair
The school held an extremely successful and well-attended University Fair on Monday March 2nd. The event was aimed at Years 10, 11 and 12 and we were delighted that so many Universities responded.

Staff Stars in Their Eyes
Yet another memorable evening of staff starring as Pop Stars for charity!
DVDs are available (from the School Shop at break time for £2) if you missed the evening or want to relive some of the highlights. All proceeds go to charity.

Dates for the diary
March 17th– 23rd– German Exchange group are here
March 21st-22nd– A’level Buddhism trip, Devon
March 25th– from 5.00pm Y7 Parents’ Evening
March 26th– Y11 Drama Performance exam
March 26th-3.30pm KS3 Music performing workshop
March 27th –GCSE Music recording day

Staff Stars in their Eyes

The stars were out in force recently as The Corsham School’s biennial Staff Stars in their Eyes evening raised nearly £800 for charity.

The sold out non-competitive event was attended by over 350 students, parents and members of the public who witnessed staff members taking to the stage in the guises of Ziggy Stardust, One Direction, Freddie Mercury, Tom Odell and many others, in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the RNLI.

Stu Joslin, an IT technician who appeared in and also helped to organise the event, said: ‘I don’t know where else you could see something like this for miles around. In the lead up to the night, the buzz around school is fantastic – it’s looked forward to greatly by everybody here and is always brilliant to be involved in.’

If you missed the evening or would like to re-live it again, DVDs are available from the School Shop, at break time for £2, with all profits going to charity.

Amazing response to our first University Fair

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The school held an extremely successful and well-attended University Fair on Monday March 2nd. The event was aimed at  Years 10,11 and 12 and we were delighted that so many Universities responded to our invitation to come into the school in order to show our students and their parents the vast range of degree-level opportunities open to them.
Universities attending included: Oxford , Bristol , Cardiff, Leicester, Bath, Goldsmiths, Exeter and  Brunel along with representatives from UCAS and the Student Finance Service. Gap Year opportunities were on show with organisations specialising in gap year travel and volunteering opportunities also attending.
The Hall was packed all evening with excited parents and students who found it both informative and extremely well organised.
One parent commented:
‘It was really inspiring for my daughter to have a chance to speak to experts  from the university sector – she now realises that she needs to start making plans and there are some very exciting possibilities open to her. It was a fantastic event!’

Plans are already underway for a similar event this time next year.