Thornton hosts 150 students at the 19th local arts festival.
It was a proud moment for Thornton College to be hosting this year’s local arts festival. For the first time in 19 years, we opened the school to around 100 visiting Year 9s from four other local schools: Stowe, Magdalen College School, Buckingham School and the Royal Latin.
Over three days, the students worked hard with visiting and resident staff to put their own spin on the chosen theme, New Beginnings, through dance, drama, art, photography, creative writing and music workshops.
Sessions saw them enhance their creative and collaborative skills as they pulled together contrasting choreographed dance routines, formed an orchestra and set up an art installation in the grounds. The drama group used the true story of the missing in Argentina during the country’s military dictatorship as the basis for a strong drama presentation, while the creative writers focused on rebirth, second chances and turning over a new leaf in response to the Festival’s theme of ‘new life’.
A team of ‘roving reporters’ gathered valuable written and visual commentary on the event to produce a newsletter and the Festival came to a close with evening performances in front of an audience to give the students the opportunity to showcase all they had learnt while celebrating their love of the arts.