On Wedneday 13 June we held the annual Glyn School Creative Arts Evening which saw students’ artistic talents celebrated across all the arts: GCSE and A Level Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Poetry and Prose, and GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. We were honoured to be joined for the evening by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Cllr Neil Dallen, and the Mayoress, Mrs Ann Dallen.
Now in its tenth year, Wednesday’s event afforded us the opportunity to showcase students’ creativity. The standard of artwork on display was incredibly high, with many visitors coveting particular pieces. Students’ imaginations were evident everywhere, and none more so than in a covered, darkened tent into which you could peer, if you dared!
Students’ Design Technology coursework was displayed, to great effect, in the Fitness Suite; many of the students’ pieces on display were so skilfully made that, at first glance, it was easy to overlook them as part of the school’s existing fixtures and fittings. Precision and functionality of their work aside, in my opinion the real charm of students’ Design Technology work is that they have let their creativity run riot and produced totally original, interesting and imaginative works of art.
The stage was set in the Quad for our musical and dramatic students to perform outside, which always adds an extra dimension to the evening. This pretty setting, which also has excellent sound qualities, saw students perform solo and group items to an appreciative audience. As well as well-rehearsed, popular pieces, we were treated to original songs, written entirely by students. Students performed with confidence and obvious enjoyment, which is testament to the encouragement and guidance they receive from our Music Department, as well as the many hours of practice that students put in at home.
The English Department was represented by the annual Tony Cooper Poetry and Prose Competition which is held in fond memory of a dearly-loved English Teacher, Tony Cooper, who would sign himself off in any writings, “Yours in poetry and prose”. Congratulations to Hayden Kearney 7T and Zain Khan 8A who were the Year 7 and Year 8 winners, respectively. Both students stood alone and read their poems out loud from the stage in the Quad, showing tremendous composure.
More artistic flair was evident with the arrival of canapés made by GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students. The students researched and devised the canapés themselves, using the skills and knowledge they have developed during their studies. Tray after tray of interesting and attractive canapés made their way around the guests, and the fact that there were absolutely none left over tells you all you need to know!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made an appearance in the shape of the Year 7 and 8 Drama Club, complete with poisoned apples, an evil queen and a lot of talent; all the secret ingredients to a wonderful and hilarious performance. Their confidence and timing was impeccable, especially when one remembers that all the cast were Lower School students.
By pure coincidence, it transpired that the Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, was a former student at Glyn School in the 1960s. His particular interests during his time here lay in the Sciences and chess. During a presentation speech to close the evening, the Mayor commented that he and the Mayoress are aware of the breadth of choice available to students nowadays; this was certainly evident at Glyn School on Wednesday.
Our Prefects acted as guides during the evening, many for the first time since receiving their Prefect badges. They cut flowers, moved chairs, served refreshments and ensured that the evening went smoothly.
Thank you to the Mayor and Mayoress, Glyn School families, Governors and guests who joined us for the evening to show support to our students. Thank you to the Premises Team and the Student Leadership Team and Prefects for their help with this event. Congratulations to each and every student who contributed to the evening; your hard work was deservedly recognised. Thank you especially to the staff who have supported our students throughout their courses and during this event.
In conclusion, I was delighted to receive an email from the parent of a Year 9 student this morning which I feel sums up the whole Creative Arts Evening better than anything I have written here:
“This was such a lovely evening; our huge thanks go to everyone involved in its planning and execution. We loved the stunningly good work on display, and some great musical and spoken word performances (and of course the delicious cakes and Pimms, served by charming, polite and funny young people). My Year 5 son especially had a brilliant time and was totally inspired by all the tech and art on display, as well as the music. He’s already choosing his Year 9 options!”
Marion Meadows, Publicity Officer