On Friday, 25th June we had our first ever whole school Summer Field Day, giving all boys the opportunity to do something completely different.
The Black Cat Theatre Company who are based in Stoke came to school for the day to increase Year 7’s awareness of Theatre. The day-long session was called ‘Theatre in a Box’. It involved the boys in producing a short performance based on Shakespeare’s play 'Romeo and Juliet'. The actors also demonstrated stage combat with a final Oscar Ceremony.
For Year 8 pupils, there was a range of organised activities at Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre. Boys were able to do two different activities during the day, selecting from water skiing, sailing, kayaking, raft building and an Adventure Assault Course.
Year 9 pupils attended a one-day film school run by the Young Film Academy. Taught by experienced tutors, students attended workshops in fight choreography, film history, screenwriting and cameras, before putting their new-found skills to the test as they worked in teams to plan, shoot and screen their own Ten Shot Films.
Year 10 undertook their usual field day activities, related to their chosen option.
Year 12 boys who were not involved in CCF or Scout activities took part in a variety of activities on Field Day. During the morning session 50 boys took part in one of seven options which included First Aid, Car Maintenance, Petanque, Scuba Diving, Archery and Martial Arts.
In the afternoon they attended a session at the Guildhall in the city centre where they took part in a mock trial in the old county court. One pupil had been rehearsing a scenario as a drunk driver with another playing the part of one of his passengers. Real court officials, including a judge took the lead roles alongside actors playing the part of the barristers. Members of the emergency services also spoke for the prosecution. One 6th former was “sentenced” to 4 years imprisonment!