Two recent events have really represented for me the very best of our academy. Last Friday our students were enthused and elated to be involved in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The Caribbean people aboard that ship set sail for a new life in Britain and they became pillars of our community, helping to rebuild the country after World War 2.
A combination of history, art, food and culture – all students were involved in celebrating the wonderful contributions the Windrush generation brought to Britain. Caribbean food was prepared and provided on site by our catering students and staff; classic carnival costumes were crafted; bright and colourful banners were showcased. It truly was a brilliant afternoon and such an important one for us as an Academy due to our diversity and desire to celebrate our students’ heritage.
The second event was on Sunday where the cast of Hairspray, with their teachers, performed at Birmingham Uni Conservatoire at the Teach First National Conference. Over 200 trainee teachers and academics were in the audience for a lively rendition of Good Morning Baltimore.