What a Performance: Blue Coat Arts Gets Festival Recognition!

6ipo5rpKTBlue Coat children recently made their second annual visit to the Cheltenham Performing Arts Festival... and returned buoyed by praise, recognition and even some silverware for the school!

There were 2 distinct categories: Poetry and Dance. Blue Coat submitted a range of ages to take part, competing with some of the finest school competition from around the county.

Children taking part in the poetry reading worked hard over several weeks, even taking their lunch hours to rehearse their text and style in a way that would impress the panel of judges. Thankfully,  our children were lucky enough to benefit from the tutelage of talented parent Mr Howden, who offered his support and wisdom for 2 weeks ahead of the festival.

The poetry element of the festival stretched across a range of pupil ages and Blue Coat entered 5 Year 2 pupils, 9 Year 3's, 6 Year 4's, 5 Year 5's and 5 Year 6's. All children proudly represented our school and in doing so received either 'Distinctions' or 'Honours' based on being awarded high scores (all pupils managed to score above 80/100 marks!) Judging was rigorous with children being scored on their diction, pitch, pace, expression and tone. Feedback comments from the judges were wholly positive with some outstanding comments made on our children's achievements.

The dance element of the competition saw the school enter 2 dance groups: 9 Year 6 girls; and 18 boys and girls from Year 2. Both expressed very different dances with our eldest pupils performing a 'Slum Dog Millionaire' inspired dance set and the KS1 pupils seeking inspiration from 'The Jungle Book' for their performance.

Both groups had to summon the confidence to perform to very large audiences on the main stage of Cheltenham Town Hall. As daunting as it was, the children were amazing receiving warm welcomes, high praises and an 'Honours' recognition for the Year 6 group who brought home the Dance Winners trophy for their category!

We're very proud of all children who took part. The children showed that the school's talents go much deeper than just academic achievement and sport, and it's fantastic to see this recognised at such an important festival against stiff competition from Cheltenham and Gloucestershire schools.

A big thank you to Miss Price for going beyond the call of duty (and the school day!) in coaching our pupils to their individual and group successes. Her energy and passion for performing arts is infectious and her championing of this aspect of the school curriculum is very much appreciated. 

We must also thank the numerous parents, including Mr Howden, and families who offered support, from being there at the performances through to hair and make-up prep on the day! A fantastic team effort - well done.

Here are a few memories of the days captured by parents: