NEWS ARCHIVE 2010 to 2011

September 2010 to June 2011

Tuesday 17th May – Year 11 Leavers Concert

Shotton Hall says farewell to another group of talented Year 11, performing the annual leavers concert to a packed out theatre.

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 Sunday 12th June- Steel Bands at Durham Regatta

Shotton Hall’s Y8, Y9 and Y11 Steel Bands performed at their now annual slot at the Durham Regatta.

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Thursday 17th March- Shotton Hall students perform LIVE on the BBC!

A group of 5 talented Year 11 students performed on BBC1s “Comic Relief does Glee Club” in front of a live studio audience, judges Carrie and David Grant, Cisco Gomez, and Denise Van Outen, not to mention the millions of tea-time viewers who tuned in to see the show. Out of hundreds of groups from around the country “FLAIR” (Aiden Nord, Emma Sharman, Rebecca Bainton, Rachel Hunt and Kate Freeman) were selected as one of only 18 groups to take part in filmed auditions in London in January, where they then won through to the  final 9 places on the live shows. They were praised by the experts for the quality of their singing, their togetherness and the fact that they were a “small group with a big impact”. Sadly they didnt get voted through to the final (beaten by eventual winners “Soul Mates” ) but the group, along with mentors Andy King and Teresa Menton, had a fantastic experience, and everyone was incredibly proud of what they had acheived.

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Saturday 19th March- Students perform at annual Music Festival

The School Choir, Concert Band, Year 9 Steel Band and Year 11 Steel Band


travelled to St Thomas More School in Blaydon to take part in the National Festival of Music for Youth. For the past five years Shotton Hall has hosted one of the regional festivals in the north however this year we had the pleasure performing in Gateshead, alongside some fantastic groups from around the region. All Shotton groups received some excellent comments by the Music Mentors Keith Hewson and Sam Dunkley, and we now await to see if any ensembles will be invited to perfom at the National Festival in Birmingham in July.  

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Tuesday 22nd March to Friday 25th March- Shotton students Cut Footloose!

The fi


rst of this year’s musical productions has been another huge success. For four packed out nights in the brand new Shotton Hall Theatre, 22 students in Year 9 10 and 11 performed the 80s classic musical “Footloose” telling the story of one boy’s struggle to change a town’s law on dancing. The show features the classic songs “Lets Hear it for the Boy”. “Footloose” and “I Need a Hero” (which saw the roof raised at the apperance of 5 male members of staff). Parents, friends and staff alike all agreed they had seen a truly outstanding production, with the highest standards of singing and acting, and some really superb choreography. A huge well done to all involved.

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Thursday 28th October- Music Department Italy Tour

64 Students and 8 staff have returned from a hugely sucessful trip to Italy. Members of the Choir, Concert Band and String Group, along with a number of soloists performed three superb concerts, in an outside square, in a school, and in a stunning Baroque church in the centre of Venice. The Chamber Choir performed 4 pieces in the evening Mass service in St Mark’s Basilica Venice and got an unexpected applause and thanks at the end by the priest. Students also visited Verona, Gardaland, and Sirmione and had a boat trip on Lake Garda. Student’s were exceptional throughout the trip, and all of the staff involved were hugely proud of them. A superb experience for eveyone!


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Monday 19th July

Our annual Performing Arts Celebration Evening rounded off another fantastic year and the final event in a packed couple of summer weeks , which has included the traditional “Cultural Heritage Day” the Prom in the Park, and an outstanding evening of comedy by Year 10 and Year 11 Drama Club. Tonight current and former students joined together to celebrate the end of an era on the current Shotton Hall Stage. The finale of the evening- a mass performance of the song “Just One Person” was dedicated to Ian Mowbray, Headteacher for the last nine years who retires this term. Students thanked him for his enthusiasm, his passion and support for the performing arts, and for the opportunities he had given them

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Saturday 26th June- Steel Bands entertain Durham Shoppers

Continuing their schedule of summer performances the Year 8, 9, 1o and 11 Steel Bands played in Millenium Square, Durham City, on a gloriously sunny afternoon (much warmer than their previous outing in December!) The bands were raising funds for the Italy Tour taking place in October, as well as funds to continue running the bands. Another sucessful day was had, the students received a huge number of positive comments and several future bookings!

Sunday 13th July- Steel Bands perform at Durham Regatta 2010

Shotton Hall’s ever growing Steel Bands performed their now regular slot at this years Durham Regatta. The 6 bands (from Years 8 to Year 11) braved the rain and played for three hours entertaining spectators and competitors. They received a huge number of positive comments from passers by, who were impressed by both the skills of the players, as well as their unending energy! Well done to all!

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Sunday 16th May- Choir enter National CompetitionShotton Hall School took to the stage of the Warwick Arts Centre today to take part in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year. It was the first time the choir of entered such a huge prestigous event and it was a fantastic day for all involved. Headteacher Ian Mowbray who joined other members of staff on the trip praised students for their fantastic conduct and performance, and was proud of everyone involved

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Monday 19th April- More National success for our Actors

Huge congratulations to Eleanor King, Aidan Nord and Jessica Lloyd, who have been accepted into the National Youth Theatre following their auditions at the start of the year. They will all take part in summer courses and performances in London in the summer, another fantastic acheivement!


Monday 29th March to Friday 2nd April- Big Hair Comes to Shotton Hall School

For five sell out nights students performed this years fantastic production “Hairspray”. The 90-strong cast, from across all year groups, had been rehearsing since september, and audiences on every night were full of praise for the energy and enthusiasm as well as the quality of singing, dancing and acting by everyone involved. Headteacher Mr Mowbray desrcibed the show as “outstanding” and commented how year on year the “standard of the shows gets better and better”. Well Done to everyone involved!  


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Saturday 6th March- Music for Youth returns for the fifth year

Once again Shotton Hall School played host today to some of the regions finest musical ensembles, as the National Festival of Music for Youth regional festival took place in Peterlee. Groups from all over the North East came together to perform for each other, and for the chance to be invited to take part in the main National Festival in July. Once again, six of Shotton Hall’s groups gave superb performances, and Music Mentors Sam Dunkely and Fred Bowker were hugley complementory about the quality of all the performances, the talent on display, as well as the organisation of the day.  They said that the finale performance by Souled Out and Y11 Steel Band “spoke volumes about the collaberation and teamwork that goes on here at Shotton Hall, you should be incredebly proud of what is happening here”.

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Click HERE to listen to recordings of Shotton Hall group performances

Click HERE to read the Music Mentors’ comments about SHS groups


Wednesday 27th January- Year 10 JETS and SHARKS enjoy a day at the Gala

As part of their BTEC Performing Arts / Dance courses, 25 students in year 10 spent the day at the Gala Theatre in Durham in the company of DULOG (Durham University’s Theatre Society) during their production of “West Side Story “. In the morning they had tours of the theatre and backstage, and met with the cast, and also took part in workshops on the Gala stage led by members of the DULOG production team. In the afternoon students had front row seats for the company’s fantastic performance, and the general opinion was that they had been treated to a really professional standard show!  Seb Enser-Wright, the show’s musical director, and organiser of the days event was impressed with all of the students energy and enthusiasm, as well as how quickly they managed to pick up some of the dance numbers from the show.  A huge well done to all students who took part in the day, and a massive thank you to the DULOG team for a really fantastic day!

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Click here to see video of the Year 10 on the Gala Stage 

Tuesday 26th January- Year 10 entertain in an evening of the Musical Theatre 

Year 10 students on the BTEC Performing Arts course finished their Musical Theatre unit this evening with a superb showcase of extracts from British musicals, which included songs and dances from classics such as Oliver and Summer Holiday to modern favourites including Mamma Mia and Billy Elliot. As part of the assessment process students had to develop their skills in singing dancing and acting, and the 100 parents and friends in the audience were treated to a hugely enjoyable and entertaining show.  A huge well done to all involved!

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Friday 22nd January- Cheerleaders cheer for basketball match

Shotton Hall School’s cheerleading squad tonight performed at the opening of the Newcastle Eagles basketball match at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena. The squad, made up of students across all year groups, performed their spectacular routine at the start of the match, and also during time-outs during the match. At the end they met the players as they were invited for refreshments in the VIP lounge. A hugely exciting evening for everyone involved!

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Friday 15th January – more musical success

Huge congratulations to Rebecca Hardman in Year 8 who auditioned and has gained a place in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. There is a lot of competition for places in this choir and Rebecca, who will take part in the Junior Choir course this Easter, will have the opportunity to perform with the best young singers from all over the country. Well done Rebecca!

Also, a massive well done to the following students who have achieved grades in Violin or Viola this term:
Alice Hopkinson- Grade 2
Gaige Murphy- Grade 1
Beth Hudson- Grade 1
Lucy Parkin- Grade 2
Laura Clay- Grade 2
Ashleigh Whittle- Grade 3

Congratulations to all students!


Tuesday 22nd December- Students help bag pack in final Christmas fundraising event

The final day in a long month of Christmas activities took place today, as 30 students in Year 9, 10 and 11 turned up to ASDA to bag pack and raise much needed funds for both the Italy Tour and Cheerleading squad. Student’s outstanding effort and attitude was commented upon by huge numbers of shoppers, and their energy seemed un-ending, with some there for the full 8 hours!

Monday 21st December- Steel Bands entertain Durham Christmas Shoppers

The Year 10 and Year 11 Steel Bands, along with Shotton Hall Cheerleading Squad, braved the snow and freezing conditions to raise money in Durham Market Square today. Despite the heavy weekend snowfall, students (and their parents!) made a huge effort to get to Durham for what was an outstanding day. Watch this space for the final total raised!

Wednesday 16th December- “Mr T” impersonator wins School Talent Show

It was surprise act Year 8 student Travis McAllum that won the crowd at this year’s Christmas Talent Show. “Jingle Bell Rock”  superbly organised by the Year 10 BTEC Performing Arts class was sold out well in advance, and the lucky 300 students who did get tickets were treated to a huge range of singing and dancing from accross the year groups. But it was Travis, and his version of the “Snickers” TV Advert” that won the most votes by the audience, very closely followed by Year 7 Dance Act “Fusion” with Year 11 students Sarah Makinson and Rebecca Strong in third place.

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Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th December- double sell out at Christmas Concerts

This year the numbers of student performers and the number of supportive parents and friends meant Shotton Hall hosted TWO music Christmas Concerts this year. An audience of 200 were treated each night to performances by the ever expanding groups and ever increasing number of talented singers and instrumentalists. The mulled wine and mince pies served in the interval only added to the festive atmosphere and left students and audiences alike in a truly Christmas mood!

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Friday 11th December- Steel Bands return to ASDA

For the third year in a row students in the Y8 to Y11 Steel Bands played in the ASDA foyer today, and raised £1300 for the start of the Italy Tour fund. A huge acheivement once again!

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Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th December- “TWO”

A cast of 14 students from Year 10 and Year 11 (plus appearance by Year 7 Connor Lawson) performed this moving play by Jim Cartwright. Set in a Yorkshire pub the story tells of the Landlord and Landlady as well as the stories of their customers. DirectorJudith Cook was full of praise for the students who had worked incredably hard during a very intense rehearsal period, and had showed real professionalism throughout. Well done to everyone involved for an outstanding play!

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Wednesday 25th November- Year 7 students perform for the first time

Shotton Hall School’s new year 7 students performed their “New Starters Concert” an evening of music, dance and drama which over the years has become the traditional start to the Performing Arts year. Over 100 students presented a huge variety of performances and everyone in the audience seemed to agree we are destined for a very exciting 5 years with this talented group. Angie Favaro, Learning Manager for Year 7 was full of praise- “The New Starters Concert was absolutley fantastic. All the sept tutors and myself were completely amazed at the talent in our year group. Pupils even had us in tears as we were so proud of them all. An excellent night, well done and thank you to everyone who played a part in it”

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Summer Term- May to July 2009

Spring Term- January to April 2009