Students used music, art, food and drama to bring the spirit of Manchester to life, when William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS) staged its own Cultural Diversity Day on Tuesday (11th July.)
The event formed part of the IDeas Festival – a cultural celebration launched last week by United Learning – a nationwide group of schools and academies, which includes WHGS.
The festival brings together students aged 9-16 from both the state and independent sectors, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to perform, share their ideas and excel as leaders.
At WHGS, this took the form of a Cultural Diversity Day, with Year 8 students split up into the subject areas of drama, design, art and music and food technology and set the task of producing everything from clay artwork to musical performances, all based around the theme of identity and in particular, Manchester itself.
The drama group drew on influences from Ancient Greece to reinterpret works from famous Manchester performers, whilst in design, students created and decorated their own Manchester-themed boomerang.
Those in the art and design group turned to African, Islamic and Aboriginal art when producing clay pieces and prints based on Manchester icons and in music, students tapped into the carnival spirit to create a samba, based on the sounds of their home city.
Last but not least, in food technology, Manchester’s famous curry mile formed the inspiration for a range of dishes created by the students.
The whole day culminated in a special performance for the school’s Year 7 students.
Commented Peter Mulholland, Principal at William Hulme’s Grammar School:
“To recognise and celebrate our sense of identity is incredibly important, both from a local perspective, as well as embracing a broader cultural appreciation, which is what the IDeas Festival is all about.”
To find out more about the IDeas Festival, please visit our dedicated microsite.