Archive for March, 2017

Cameo Concert

On the 27th March 2017, twelve students from Regents Park Community College travelled to the CAMEO Club who meet at the Shirley Salvation Army Hall every Monday to treat them to a forty five minute concert.  The pupils were handpicked from year 10 and year 8 in order to demonstrate the range of musical talents Regents Park has to offer.  The concert involved a range of musical items from a broad spectrum of genres including vocal solos from the musicals Wicked, Hairspray, and Chorus Line by Eleanor Hartley and Mitzi Kirkham.  A further vocal rendition of Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Masson Baddams got the audience clapping along.  In addition two piano solos included the theme to Pirates of the Caribbean performed by Steve Johnson  and a grade 4 Waltz played by Charlie Radford .  An ensemble of Flues and Violins brought a specially arranged version of Londonderry Aire to the mix and involved Bethany Hurst, Vicky Andrews Mathilda Parker and Jessica  Leonard.  The guitar solos were performed by two year 10 music students Alex Keith and Louie Batchelor who both performed Shadows numbers including ‘Apache’ and ‘Foot Tapper’.

The students behaviour and performances were impeccable and the members of the CAMEO Club were delighted with the afternoons entertainment and look forward to the next concert.  A massive ‘Well Done’ to all the pupils who were involved with this fantastic event.

Let’s Get Political: Year 11 Girls Take Part in BBC Show

In March ex-student and current BBC reporter, Emma Vardy, visited Regents Park Community College to discuss feminism in the 21st Century. As part of a feature for BB2’s Daily Politics show, she interviewed Year 11 girls about their aspirations and whether they thought sexism was an issue in education and the workplace.

The girls spoke confidently about gender sterotyping and their plans for the future. Unafraid to speak out, the girls were adamant that employment should be gained on the basis of ability, rather than gender, with some arguing against positive discrimination. It seems that not only do Regents Park girls have high expectations for their future, they do not want any special consideration. They simply want equal rights, equal opportunities and equal pay. And quite rightly so!

The discussion was broadcast on BBC 2 on Wednesday 8th March to coincide with International Women’s Day.

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