Newton Abbot College recently welcomed The Helen Foundation to join them in celebrating the talents of its student cohort in the field of the arts and performance.
Roger and Annie Kirk, founders of the arts charity, joined students, parents and members of staff for the College’s annual Arts Awards Ceremony at the end of the last academic term. The awards ceremony, a highlight in the College’s calendar, looks to celebrate the dedication, efforts and achievements of its students involved in all areas of the arts including dance, music, drama, performing arts, art and photography. Students of all years took to the stage in the College’s Daphne Collman Auditorium, to both perform pieces and to receive recognition and awards for their talents.
Helen Foundation trustee, Roger Kirk, delivered a keynote speech on the charity’s passion for arts development and importance in educational settings, before presenting the charity’s annual award to a single student who embodied passion and dedication for the arts. 2016-17 winner, Year 12 student, Ellie Jackson, couldn’t have been more shocked to receive the award: “It was such a surprise winning the Helen Foundation award; I didn’t see it coming at all! It was a fantastic feeling to be recognised for something I had been dedicated to for such a long time. The arts are so important in so many ways; it can help with low self esteem, develop social skills, and help people express themselves in a safe and welcoming environment. I want to say a massive thank you to The Helen Foundation for all their work helping young people become more involved in the arts.”
Roger Kirk said, “Annie and I really enjoyed the Awards Ceremony. It was a privilege to be present. The demonstration throughout the evening of students’ talents and skills in the arts was really impressive. We are truly worried by the current curriculum and budgetary pressures on schools to reduce the role of the arts in young people’s learning which, in our view, play as central a role as Maths, Science and English in the development of one’s full humanity. We sincerely congratulate Newton Abbot College for its Gold Award standard for the teaching of the arts in the College and look forward to building further on its relationship with The Helen Foundation this coming year.”