This year saw the Performing Arts Department grow from strength to strength with an increasing number of students having the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of events. Below are just a few of our highlights:
This year’s Gala Evening has shown the Music department to be going from strength to strength. The concert included a range of vocal, instrumental and dance performances. Pupils from all year groups were represented and the 100 person strong Year 7 choir was particularly impressive. The department hopes that this opportunity to sing in front of a live audience will instil in these pupils a passion for performing in the future. There were some super collaborations produced by younger and older pupils, and we were pleased to see many of our most talented students leading groups and passing on their knowledge. We are also thankful to our peripatetic staff for joining in on the night, giving this year’s show an even greater professional edge.
Some Treasure Island!
Our production of Some Treasure Island was a huge success. With many parts being taken by some of our younger pupils, it is exciting to see the talent that we have coming through the school. With swashbuckling pirates and vegetarian cannibals, it was a night to remember; Not least because of our own fantastic pirate ship built by our Long John Smith, Dean Bakasa. Our leading roles by Year 7s Jaya Noonan and Caitlin Murray were a particular pleasure to watch with some members of staff saying it was the best performance they had seen in a long time!
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Nights here at The Heathland have gone from strength to strength. This year saw the return of our House competition, being won by Hirst house. This year we included a chance for our GCSE Musicians to have their very own platform to perform in preparation for their exams and they didn’t disappoint!
Trips and Visits
We have been a very busy department this year, travelling all over London to see as much theatre as we can. Due to our annual Pantomime trip being cancelled at the last minute, we were lucky enough to get tickets to see the Olivier Award Winning ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’. Other trips have included: Stomp, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Royal Festival Hall and Bugsy Malone.
Some students didn’t just go to watch others show off; our new Rock Band were invited to perform at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ceremony. Playing a mash up of Punjabi MC and Led Zeppelin, we had Siddharth Srivastava on guitar, Dhruv Limbachia on drums, Natalie Annett on vocals and Karanveer Virdi on dhol. They were so good that the organisation begged for them to come back and perform a second night, with offers to perform at the London Fire Brigade Open Days too. A special mention should go to Mr Benfield, our peripatetic guitar teacher for leading the Rock Band and playing bass.
Daniel Rogerson has been enjoying his first year at Brit School, the specialist performing arts school, after retaining a strong set of results the summer before.
This year we also say good bye to Dean Bakasa, who has been at The Heathland since Year 7. After finishing his BTEC Performing Arts course, he has secured a place at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama Art) a leading acting school with alumni such as Jim Broadbent, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Richard Armitage and Maureen Lipman. Congratulations Dean, the Performing Arts team are very proud.