QEGS was proud to be able to join the community in remembering the local heroes and heroines in our armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. The Remembrance Sunday parade started at QEGS and had representatives from all our local community groups.
On Wednesday 30th October, GCSE and 6th form drama students spent a day in the drama and theatre department at the University of Lincoln. Students participated in a variety of university style workshops. First was a workshop with Dr James Hudson on how to read a play. Students learned the importance of investigating subtext so that they can perform a character's sub-textual intention, rather than just recite lines. A workshop was then given by Dr Kelly Jones, a specialist in theatrical realizations of the supernatural, where students learnt techniques on how to stage a ghost story. Following this, students thoroughly enjoyed a physical workshop run by Dr Michael Pinchbeck exploring space and how to incorporate choral movement within performance. Finally, students developed skills in scriptwriting with Darren Page, learning how to draw inspiration from historical, social and cultural events to develop their own scriptwriting skills. Students found the day to be very valuable and inspirational. We look forward to visiting the university again next year!
The Year 11 and 12 GCSE music students spent a day in the music department at University of Sheffield. Everyone was made very welcome with tea/coffee on arrival and then we were straight into university-style activities. The first was a seminar introducing the psychology of music. Students learnt about the positive impact music has on people with dementia, amongst other things, and also started designing their own qualitative and quantitative research on performance anxiety. A lecture then was given by Professor Simon Keefe - world-leading researcher on Mozart - about The Marriage of Figaro (our A level set work) and after lunch, we experienced a workshop on performance techniques to help improve focus and concentration. It was a worthwhile day and one that raised the aspirations of many. We hope to repeat the experience next Autumn!