This week, students at Richard Rose Morton Academy have been enjoying the school’s inaugural ‘Project Week’.
For this, students have moved away from their normal class timetable and are instead taking part in an exciting challenge to create ‘something from nothing’ in 20 hours. It is a special opportunity for students to work within their year groups to design and develop a concept whilst working on vital skills like creativity, lateral thinking and communication.
As part of the week’s activities, Year 7 students at the school have been working on a project based around the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to tie in with United Learning’s Spirit of Rio festival. Students have been investigating the history, culture and successes from previous Games to create their own celebration of Spirit of Rio.
Today, the students showcased their work – including performances, costumes and music pieces – in Morton Academy’s own ‘opening ceremony’. Spectators were treated to a range performances including gymnastics, volleyball, drumming, dancing and drama.
The event was particularly special for the school as one of their own – Katie Harrison in Year 10 – created the logo for the Spirit of Rio festival, having won the national, group-wide design competition amongst United Learning schools. Katie – whose design has been used on all promotional materials and resources for the festival – also won the art award for Key Stage 4 at United Learning’s Best in Everyone Awards last week.
Katie said of the festival:
“I am really proud to have created the winning logo for Spirit of Rio. I think the Olympics and Paralympics are a really good way of bringing people, countries and cultures together.”
The week has proved highly successful and garnered some really positive feedback from Year 7 students at the academy:
“We have learned so much about how the Olympic Games started and the sports that they did then.” - Connor Sanderson
“This is the biggest piece of art work I have ever made and I love the carnival colours.” - Ryan Cayne
“I have really enjoyed project week and doing fun performances and about the culture of Rio.” - Katie Richmond
“My favourite part of this week was learning the samba because I love to dance and it got me in the carnival spirit, especially with the colourful headdresses.” - Nataliegh McAdam