On Tuesday 17th December this year’s first ‘REAL’ Exhibition took place. The showcase was an exciting opportunity for parents, carers and their families to see the learning their children have been working on this term in REAL. The exhibition was a showcase and featured performances by all of our Year 7 REAL classes and was an evidence based answer to this project’s driving question ‘Do You Have Pride of Place?
Our students certainly did themselves and their teachers proud as they wowed their audience with some REAL quality renditions. The showcase was a production which contained a medley of assorted performances and included: tales of disaster in the Victorian mining industry in the region through poetry and song, poetry, persuasive speeches, drama and song to commemorate the iconic Jarrow March, songs and poems that taught us about, and honoured the shipbuilding heritage of the North East, a wonderful excerpt from the stage show ‘Billy Elliot’ to honour the miners’ strike in the 80s as well as performance poetry written by our students themselves to demonstrate how a community came together to support one another in times of real hardship and difficulty. There was poetry and songs to celebrate the tradition of football in the area and, indeed, the famous Black and White stripes of Newcastle United and as well as some wonderful singing of a much loved Geordie anthem ‘Coming Home Newcastle. The whole showcase finished with a ‘flash mob’ style finale where all 170 students came together to sing ‘The Blaydon Races’ in a tribute to our local hero ‘Sir Bobby Robson’ who all of our students agree clearly demonstrated ‘Pride of Place’ as well as being a true gentleman and perfect ambassador for our region.
At the end of each performance there was a raffle to win a Christmas hamper, donated by Simon Musgrave from the local success story that is Ringtons Tea Merchants, which raised £127.00 for ‘The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’ which funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across North East England and Cumbria – and which also contribute significantly to international research into the disease. Mrs Ross and The REAL Team are extremely proud of our youngest students who demonstrated courage and Pride to produce a showcase that was a ‘quality’ end product for their first REAL project here at Kingsmeadow.