Barnsley Academy joined together with Sheffield Park and Springs Academies to stage visual spectacular ‘The Journey’ on 5th and 6th July.
The production forms part of the IDeas Festival - a national event launched last month by academy sponsor United Learning, with all schools and academies in the group encouraged to celebrate their local, regional and national identity, whilst also helping to enrich the curriculum.
For ‘The Journey,’ students from the three academies combined the disciplines of drama and dance to create an exciting ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style show, taking the audience through significant moments across history.
The project not only enabled students to share best practice across the schools, but also saw them incorporating different aspects of the curriculum into the production, which took place at Barnsley Academy.
Commented Barnsley Academy Principal Stephen Dixon:
“We have been encouraging students to become leaders of the future within our academies and this project has provided an ideal platform for them to hone and develop their leadership and communication skills, by taking responsibility for the creation of their own performances within the show.
“Our student choreographers have worked tirelessly to not only develop their own performance skills and creativity, but to also inspire other students to develop theirs.”
The project also encouraged involvement from students across all year groups, helping them to develop their self-confidence and performance skills.
Added Mr Dixon:
“It’s been a real privilege to see students from the three academies working together so effectively; listening, supporting and challenging each other to raise their levels of performance and stage a fantastic production.”