Artsmark Gold has been awarded to Oathall College for its commitment to, and excellence in, arts and cultural education.
Headteacher, Mr Edward Rodriguez presented the award to a group of students representing all of the arts disciplines at the last night of the college’s performance of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Speaking about the award Mr Rodriguez said:
“It gives me particular pleasure to announce this award at the end of what has been a fantastic week of Shakespearean performances from Oathall’s students.
“I am delighted that the dynamic arts education offer that Oathall provides for its students has been nationally recognised in this way.
“Holding Artsmark status means we are leading the way in providing young people with outstanding arts and cultural experiences. The magnificent performances by all the students involved in this production of Romeo and Juliet serves to underline how committed the college is to ensuring students participate in a rich variety of cultural experiences in their time at Oathall.
Congratulations to all the staff and students at Oathall for their hard work in achieving Artsmark Gold.”
Students at Oathall have been performing all week in William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet the classic love story of two star-crossed lovers.
This production takes place at the ‘R&J Festival’, a contemporary music festival. The production retains the original Shakespearian language and takes an innovative look at the romantic tragedy.
Speaking after the last night, Director Mrs Amy Kingsford said: “The story of Romeo and Juliet is timeless and by setting the performance in a modern day music festival but keeping to the original text we have demonstrated to our students and younger audiences that this classic piece of literature is as relevant today as it was over 400 years ago.
“The production showcases the talents of all our students from acting, dancing and musical performances through to stage management and set production. I am immensely proud of their achievements.”
Head Girl, Lila Jones who plays the part of Lady Capulet, said: “Romeo and Juliet has shown me how the themes Shakespeare has incorporated into the play, like conflict and love, link so much into modern society.”
Report and picture contributed by Oathall Community College.