The week beginning the 1st October saw the beginning of “Teach Portsmouth” week. Within Performance at ALNS we decided we were going to make this a really special week full of unusual opportunities for our students and teachers.
The week began with compiling videos recorded by our ex-students, many of who are now teachers, dancers and performers. The video was shared with all staff and it was really nice to see how many of them wanted to share their positive experiences of the teachers at ALNS and their school.
On Tuesday BTEC Acting students experienced teaching at KS5 level when the Head of Portsmouth college Performing Arts faculty came in to deliver a high level performance workshop with Year 10. Year 10 BTEC Music students got to experience an amazing song writing workshop delivered by ex-student Billy Gregory who is now a working musician. After school 20 students worked with a real Rock Star from the Pink Floyd tribute band who they will be performing with live on stage at the Kings Theatre in October.
Wednesday was a really busy day. 4 of the Drama ambassadors had the fantastic opportunity to go and be filmed in Portsmouth Universities professional film studio. They had been asked to film some monologues that they had performed as part of Stonewalls teacher training in the city last year. Their monologues were so good that they have recorded them to be used as part of Stonewalls national teacher training programme.
Whilst we were at the studios Laura, Tally, Olivia and Sienna were also interviewed on film as part of ‘My teacher’ they were asked to talk about teachers who had influenced them and even asked what animal their teacher was most like! There were some very entertaining answers from our students.
After school on Wednesday 10 of the Drama ambassadors actually took over and were “teaching the teachers”. Students ran a workshop on using your voice to new teachers from both ALNS and Trafalgar schools. They delivered a full practical workshop with great confidence and skill to 25 teachers in the Drama Studios.
On Thursday evening students took the lead throughout the faculty during our Open Evening. In Drama students were leading games, directing small group and taking the lead. In Dance they were teaching each other routines and in Music bands and performers were supporting each other and demonstrating their leadership skills as well as talking to parents about how amazing Music is at ALNS.
The week finished with the first ever Portsmouth Teaching Awards held down on the pier in Southsea. ALNS were nominated for several awards and really proud that the Performance and Design team actually won the first award of the evening for Creativity and Innovation in recognition of our commitment to the Arts and achieving a double Platinum Award from the Arts Council.
It was a really exciting week in the Performance faculty in which students experienced different teachers including ex-students, worked with a Rock Band, got to be on film, taught each other and even taught the teachers. We look forward to it being even bigger and better next year.