Students Powerful Performance Highlights Refugee Crisis

A group of Year 11 Performing Arts students  raised awareness and highlighted the issues surrounding the refugee crisis during their GCSE examination piece.

The powerful performances, presented to an audience of staff, family and friends in the College’s Daphne Collman Auditorium, was part of the students’ GCSE examination. Students used the three disciplines of dance, acting and lyrical presentation to highlight the plight of the lost and forgotten children caught up in the issues surrounding refugees. Screen-projected images of their plight were shown to help support the performance. Following the show, students took a collection that will be donated to Save the Children.

Students put on a powerful performance highlighting the refugee crisis
Students put on a powerful performance highlighting the refugee crisis

Year 11 Performing Arts student, Lottie Williams, explained the concept behind the performance: “We wanted to really reflect how these children felt, getting shut out and taken away from their homes and lives. It was a real challenge to try and represent all the emotions that go along with that, but we have all learned a lot and have become better performers because of it.”

Students raised money after the performance for Save the Children
Students raised money after the performance for Save the Children

Teacher of Performing Arts and Dance, Sarah Wilkinson, was impressed with the students’ work: “It was really inspiring to see students taking on such a tough and socially relevant issue and expressing their opinions through Performing Arts. I was hugely moved by their efforts; given that the evening was an examination, I was so impressed that they all took the time to think of others and fundraise at the same time for those in need.”

Refugee Crisis Performing Arts Year 11 Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School 3
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