What a lovely opportunity this is to get an overview of the diverse artistic talents we have amongst our students at ISN.
Fifty students participated in the music evening and we listened to music spanning centuries from classical through jazz and blues to the 21st century. Guitarists, pianists, singers and a saxophonist all took part and many students accompanied others which was particularly nice to see. The concert was conducted in an atmosphere of mutual support amongst the musicians and the artists whose work was on display.
Some of these students had recently taken musical theatre LAMDA exams and some will go on to take ABRSM music exams on May 19th and we wish them all lots of luck with results and exams.
In the LS Music Concert 2015 there was a real variety of performers and musical styles.
The grade 5 rock ’n’ roll band took the first number and really set the mood of the concert with their lively rendition of 2 Elvis numbers. There were jazzy guitar duos, classical vocal solo, a pop solo and duo and a trio who added their own dance moves.
We enjoyed some beautifully played piano solos from students of all ages and ability levels and a couple of lively duets; a sweet young violinist and a couple of really rocking drummers. The three vocal tutors ended the evening with an amusing rendition of 3 little maids from Mikado.
I think you will agree that the students did a super job; they introduced each other very confidently, performed well and showed great musical promise.
I would like to thank the music peripatetic staff, fellow faculty members and PTA who worked so hard to help present the event and for all the parents, staff and students who came along to support it.
The IB Art exhibition was a great success demonstrating once again the talents of our many creative students in the school.
Friday April 4th was a special day for Grades 1 -7 when they were able to meet the Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence.
On Thursday April 2nd in the ISN Theatre, Grade 9, who are taught by Pauline Minnis, performed extracts from Shakespearian and modern plays.
The 5 minute extracts were both monologues and duologues from in class work and recent LAMDA Acting exams at Level 2, Grade 5 and at Level 3, Grade 6, taken at the end of March.
The photos are of students performing the pieces cited below
- Much Ado About Nothing
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream : Bottom and Titannia
- Romeo and Juliet : The Nurse
- Romeo and Juliet : Juliet
- A Few Good Men
- I Kissed a Boy
- Vicious Circle
- The Midwitch Cuckoos
- Slob School
In January our IB grade 11 Visual Arts students participated in a 3 day intensive ceramics workshop with a ceramics specialist Issy Cable. The students prepared for the sessions by planning and experimenting in their process portfolios in order to undertake personal work for their IB course. All students produced some excellent outcomes and supported this with artist investigation and research as well as photographic recording in their books. The students are currently completing their work and this will soon be collected for firing in the Kiln. We look forward with great anticipation of their end results.
Well done grade 11 for working so hard over the last couple of weeks.
IB and Art Coordinator
ISN Theatre students were invited to take part in the inaugural Freestyle Shakespeare Festival at the National Theatre of Nice (TNN) at the end of January.
Along with a dozen other schools and colleges ISN presented their piece in the main auditorium at TNN.
Choosing Romeo and Juliet as their theme, our Grade 11 Theatre IB students developed a 'freestyle' response to the original piece which was called 'R4J' and featured some of the original text, some new text, a fight scene from a martial arts movie, a bed that wasn't a bed and a flying Juliet! The piece also featured music by Link Wray and Genesis amongst others.
R4J was chosen by TNN as the closing piece of the brand new festival.
Congratulations to all of the students involved - and thanks to Ms Morgan and Mr Brown for making it possible.
On the Way is a piece of devised drama created by the students in the Pre IB grade 10 drama class. This project formed part of the unit investigating the genre of documentary theatre. The stimuli for this piece were articles and photographs, collected from news websites, of the migrant crisis currently such a critical global issue. The students spent several weeks developing and writing a script that was then performed in school for other students in grade 8 to 12. The stated purpose was to raise awareness of the issue and to focus on the individual human stories behind the mass photos.
The class decided that the performance should benefit the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), an NGO who are working directly to alleviate the suffering of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. The performance of On The Way was followed up with a bake sale at break time on the last day before the February holiday and a total of 290 euros was raised and send MOAS.