Headteacher’s Blog – 11th February 2019

2019 has started really strongly; students have started back eager to learn. Part of our school mission is to expose students to wider experiences.  So far this year students have participated in two events,

 

Year 7 Visit to Birmingham Symphony Hall, January 2019

As part of our students’ cultural learning at Erdington Academy, year 7 went on a visit to Birmingham Symphony Hall to experience a live orchestra in a world class venue in January. Students were privileged to watch the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) perform a wide range of music pieces from throughout history and different composers which expressed moods and feelings. Linking the musical performances was commentary about the different instruments that form the orchestra and their sounds. The highlight was John Barry’s Star Wars soundtrack which we all recognised as an iconic film soundtrack.

Students found this an informative and enriching experience, learning that there is more meaning to Classical music than they first thought.

 

Holocaust Memorial Day

On Monday 28th January, students at Erdington Academy joined the local community to show respect for the Holocaust Memorial Day. They went to the local YMCA and joined members of different faiths and representatives of the community, who were all brought together by the Reverent Gerard Goshawk. The service was entitled ‘Torn from Home’ and students were encouraged to empathise with what it would be like to leave their home with nothing and were introduced to different genocides that have occurred. There were extracts read out from survivors from various genocides, and there was a particularly emotive reading of the poem ‘Refugee Blues’ by W H Auden by a member of the public. Students were very moved by the service and remarked it made them more aware of some of the atrocities that have happened across the world.

Speaking to students, who attended, about these two events, it is clear how these opportunities really enhance the student’s thinking and understanding along with providing life long memories.

 

Simon Mallett

Head of Erdington Academy