This Summer, the children faced the daunting prospect of performing on stage at Harlow Playhouse, and they not only rose to the occasion, they knocked it out of the park!
The children performed hits from the 60s through to the 00s, and acted out some memorable highlights from each decade.
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The local press covered it here:
THE pupils from Pemberley Academy had the chance to shine on Friday night when they took to the Playhouse stage for their end of year performance. No strangers to the venue, where the children had performed in last year although in the smaller Studio 2.
Taking the parents back through the decades with a show entitled ‘Do you remember’ the children from Reception to year 4 treated the audience to drama, dance and music in front of a sell out house.
Deputy Head Lisa Fish said; “We, like all schools, believe in giving the children the best opportunities, and this was one of the biggest yet. The children were given a moment and they took it with both hands, but the ability to perform infront of their parents and families at a professional performing arts venue like this was huge.”
“People such as David Bowie have performed here and when the children come back to the Playhouse they’ll be able to look at the stage and know they’ve performed there. We’d like to thank Rory Davies and his team at the playhouse because without allowing us to use the venue this wouldn’t have been possible.”
PEMBERLEY Academy has been judged as Good by OFSTED this month, which is the first formal inspection since the school opened in September 2015.
The 2 day inspection which judges primary schools across 5 keys areas being outcomes, Behaviour and welfare, quality of teaching, early years and leadership found that the Hodings road school has solidly met the criteria for being Good across all areas.
During the inspection which includes meetings with staff, parents, governors, lesson observations and scrutiny of policies and data the lead inspector observed that “the school is determined that pupils will succeed through a combination of family support, effective teaching by staff who feel valued and a central role in the local community.”
The quality of teaching was judged to be consistently good with the report citing the “recruitment of dedicated and skilled teachers” as a key driver behind the consistent delivery of high quality lessons, with the impact of this being high quality outcomes for children who “make increasing strong progress from their starting points” with consistent standards of high quality work evident in their books across all subjects.
In addition to the quality of teaching across the school and the subsequent outcomes the report also praises the school for looking after the welfare and behaviour of it’s children with what it calls “a strong culture of care” and that children are well looked after by the staff and that this was a “strength of the school.”
It was noted that the children behave “extremely well around the school with few exceptions” and that “Pupils are confident and extremely respectful”. The school also received high praise for it’s work with children that have special educational needs and those who are EAL and speak English as their second language.
“This is the first major milestone on our journey” said Headteacher Neil Coster “Having opened our doors 3 years ago with a building that wasn’t finished, limited resources and a huge number of challenges this is validation that everything we’ve done as a school community has been correct and it is gratifying that we now have an official validation of all of our hard work.”
“I personally see this judgement as a huge victory for the community of Harlow as much of what we’ve achieved has been done with local people at the forefront and it’s an advert for what the people of this town can achieve.”
RECENTLY, a Harlow primary school opened it’s doors to Heartfulness UK, a non-profit organisation and registered charity who look to promote mediation and stress relief techniques for people to deal with their modern day busy lives.
The sessions, which are completely free of charge, promote strategies for stress reduction and Harlow has now become one of many sites across the country for Heartfulness UK who are hoping to make a difference in the town.
Having started in smaller venues since the new year the organisation has found a home at Pemberley Academy on Hodings Road who are giving over their facilities free of charge for the community to benefit from, the first session drew 15 people most of whom were completely new to the concept of stress reduction and meditation.
Lisa Fish, Deputy Headteacher at Pemberley Academy said “The school became aware that Heartfulness were operating in the town through other local links and when it became clear they needed a bigger venue to reach out to more people in Harlow we were only too happy to accommodate, especially with mental health being such an important topic in society and especially in schools”.
The sessions will be operating weekly at the school from 7pm-8pm every Tuesday and everyone is welcome.
PEMBERLEY Academy has recently been shortlisted by Active Essex for an award given out to a nominated school in the county with the broadest provision for physical activity and sport, called ‘Education champion of the year’.
The school on Hodings Road, which only opened in September 2015, was one of three schools shortlisted in a year which saw the highest number of nominations ever, being selected for the commitment it makes to it’s students in keeping them active.
This includes 22 after schools clubs per week, involvement with schools across the town for sporting competition, recently gained ‘Healthy schools’ status, Saturday and half term sessions and high quality in school PE teaching. All of which has been identified as having a huge impact on the children’s school experience.
PE co-ordinator Mr Steele said: “This is a very proud moment for us because as a small school with limited facilities and resources it’s the effort that our staff make to give the children that extra experience that really counts.
We’re not just about sport, we simply want the children to be active, even as PE coordinator I actually run a chess club, but being healthy isn’t necessarily about running around all day.
“We have a wonderful core offer at Pemberley, one I’m proud to be part of, and this recognition is obviously nice, especially if it makes a difference to the children of our community”
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