Magical Matilda Makes It – At last!

It was a long time coming but the junior production of ‘Matilda’ at St Laurence School marked a joyous step in the journey back to normality. The 40 strong cast and crew – predominantly Year 7 & 8 – wowed their audiences at both the matinee (performed to local primary schools Winsley and Walwayne) and in the evening to a packed Wiltshire Music Centre. Backstage the hairs on the back of our necks stood up every time the audience reacted with laughs and applause and the standing ovation at the end left us in no doubt that a great job had been done by all. The students were fantastic – both onstage and off – with some wonderful characterisation and impressive ensemble work. The crew was also made up of students from Years 8 – 10, in charge of the lighting, projections and stage management.

As Headmaster Tim Farrer remarked at the end ‘the Arts are back at St Laurence!’

Year 12 Graphic Design showcase

Year 12 Graphic Design Packaging Project

Year 12 were given the choice of three design briefs to respond to and develop a range of packaging for. After a few weeks of experimentation and development, here are some of their outcomes:

Year 12 Graphic Design Magazine Editorial Project

Year 12 were challenged with sourcing, illustrating and presenting a double page spread editorial for use in publishing. Here are some of their outcomes:

GCSE Food Technology

Welcome to Food Preparation and Nutrition at St Laurence School.

Food is the first of the essentials of life, the world’s largest industry. Eating is a necessary part of life in order to survive.  Did you know the average person spends a staggering 32,000 hours eating and drinking in their lifetime. 

Our Year 11 students have been busy developing their technical skills, from making their own breads, pasta, pastries, meringues, preserves and sauces to name but a few.

Look at how they have given their food the ‘wow factor’ on the plate… Haven’t they done well!

Mrs Dobson- Head of DT

Year 10 lino prints

After six months of exploring a range of different drawing techniques using pencil, fine liner, ink coffee and painting materials such as water colour and acrylic painting, Year 10 art students then moved into print-making, take a look a the range of outcomes produced below. We hope you enjoy looking at them.

Mrs Metcalfe

Year 12 Photography: Architecture Photomontage

Year 12 photography students were given a new project brief: Architecture.

They researched the work of well-known photographers, Lewis Baltz , Bernd & Hilla Becher, Sven Fennema and Todd Hido 

They were then set the challenge to take over 200 photos of architectural structures around Bradford on Avon /Bath in order to create a series of photomontages in the style of Anastasia Savinova.

Their outcomes below will be turned into 3D paper sculptures, so watch this space! 

Mrs Metcalfe

Year 10/11 Go To The Theatre!

GCSE Drama students in Year 10 and 11 enjoyed a night at the Bath Theatre Royal to watch the set text ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell. Now in it’s 41st year, the musical is always a crowd pleaser and the students were impressed by the set, acting and singing. Comments in theatre reviews written after the event included

‘I was gripped by the characterisation, particularly of Eddie and Mickey’

‘The way that narration and songs were incorporated was very impressive’

‘It was an amazing opportunity’

‘the set was absolutely beautiful’

The pupils were excellent company throughout the evening and a fine time was had by all – even by Mrs Nash who has now seen the play about 20 times (and STILL jumps when the guns go off!)

What Storm?!

While the UK prepared for Storm Eunice, GCSE and A Level Drama pupils in Years 10 and 12 were safely in the Drama studio, preparing for their final performances of their devising work. Year 10 have been working in collaboration with Company Three on a project entitled ‘When This is Over’. Company Three are an Islington based Youth Theatre company who have created a blueprint for the performance and St Laurence is one of 40 groups around the country who have been involved. The project recently won ‘Community Project of the Year’ at The Stage awards and we are looking forward to having the trophy visit us in the near future. The GCSE students have worked very hard on the piece which saw them share valuable memories as well as their hopes and dreams for the future – ‘When This is all Over’. The soundtrack was made up of their favourite music and the play finished with ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ from the iconic film ‘The Breakfast Club’ and a triumphant salute from the pupils who were justly proud of themselves!

You can read more about the work of Company Three here

Year 12’s piece was devised in the style of John Godber – who wrote plays such as ‘Bouncers’, ‘Teechers’ and ‘Shakers’. It was called ‘Snoozers’ and set in Wiltshire’s busiest budget hotel. The students played the staff who work at the hotel, along with a variety of guests including groups of stags, hens, businessmen and Russian holidaymakers. As with all Godber plays, the piece was funny but with a more serious underlying message and the students managed the transitions between the light and dark superbly. This performance, along with written coursework, makes up 40% of the final A Level mark and the students should be feeling confident that they did a brilliant job. The audience were suitably impressed – and we hope the examiners will be too!

Bristol & Bunraku

The much anticipated performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was ‘a joy’ according to the facilitator from the Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival. 18 Year 9 performers and 1 budding lighting designer travelled to the Tobacco Factory in Bristol where they spent the day in tech and dress rehearsals before performing to a large and appreciative audience in the evening.

Meanwhile, back at school, Year 8 have been working with ‘Bunraku’ puppetry – you can watch the work and Gyre and Gimble, whose instructions Year 8 followed, here: