The Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury has won this year's Rock Challenge Southern Premier Final. The rock challenge is a national dance and drama competition aimed at encouraging young people to achieve success through the performing arts. The Floyd has a great record in the competition which it first entered in 2009.In 2012 they won the regional heat and the southern open final which means they now compete in the ‘premier division’ of the event, against the other top eight schools across the region.This year's winning piece for the Floyd was entitled “Escape from Alcatraz” and is based on the infamous story of the 1962 escape from the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.Having first performed the piece at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in February, the Floyd went to the Portsmouth Guildhall on April 27 to compete in the southern premier final against schools from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. As well as becoming overall rock challenge southern premier … [Read more...] about Aylesbury school take top prize in Rock Challenge competition
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Do you know the code? 1,2,3, Safe Cross; 4,5,6, Safe Cross; 1,2,3,4,5,6, Safe Cross Code Remember: One, look for a safe place. Two, don't hurry, stop and wait. Three, look all around and listen before you cross the road. Remember, Four, let all the traffic pass you. Five, then walking straight across you. Six, keep watching. That's the Safe Cross Code! Whether seven or 70, you probably know the Safe Cross Code song. Originally written by Chris Darby, it was first recorded by Brendan Grace back in 1974 and was learned by a generation of 1970s children. Fast forward to 2019, its core road safety message is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago. So, we decided to bring a re-packaged Safe Cross Code to a new generation of schoolchildren. We have updated it to the modern way to learn that involves all the senses. The Safe Cross Code song, while a fun way to learn, uses visual, aural and verbal learning styles of teaching serious and valuable messages around good road behaviour. … [Read more...] about Why you can stay safe on the road by making sure to learn the code
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 February 2019 John Bultitude Joshua Harriette Credit: Hugo Glendinning Archant Richard Alston Dance Company is set to make its return to Norwich Theatre Royal this winter with a 2019 programme which includes Richard Alston’s Brahms Hungarian which is set to music by the acclaimed composer. Joshua Harriette and Monique Jonas Credit: Chris NashWe caught up with Joshua Harriette who is in his first year performing with the company and is excited to bring these latest pieces to the city.Firstly, how are you enjoying your opening season with the company?Hello! I am totally loving my opening season with RADC. There is a great energy and momentum at the moment within the company, and I’m really humbled to be part of it. They have fully embraced me and I’ve been able to jump in at the deep end with Richard. It’s been refreshing tackling the rich programme we are bringing to Norwich. Tell us a little bit about what is in store when the company … [Read more...] about Richard Alston Dance Company’s Josh Harriette on how performing helped overcome his stutter
As the legendary Ms Patti Labelle presented the Billboard Woman of the Year Award to Ariana Grande late last year, she referred to Grande as “that little white black girl” – a statement that was met with a resounding “yasss” from black Twitter stans who were already way ahead of the soul icon. Numerous memes and in-jokes about Grande now belonging to the black community had been circulating for a while, but it was only a matter of time before the masses turned on her. Her pop-trap anthem “7 Rings” has all the braggadociousness of your favourite trap rapper and seems to emulate the hip hop sound of the moment. This isn’t helped by the pink trap house in her music video as well as accusations of appropriation via blackface (aided by the circulation of images of a much pasteier Grande from her humble beginnings on Nickelodeon’s Victorious). Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just … [Read more...] about Opinion: Now that black culture is so mainstream, can we really accuse people of appropriation?
The festive TV schedule is as integral a part of Christmas Day as turkey, mince pies and perfecting an Oscar-worthy expression of surprise when a long-lost relative presents you with a particularly sub-par gift. Luckily, this year's line-up does not disappoint. Along with the usual festive fixtures (it goes without saying that the Queen's Speech will be airing in the usual mid-afternoon slot), you'll find one-off special episodes of much-loved dramas, the return of the Great British Bake-Off and, of course, the Strictly Christmas special - all of which are best enjoyed after consuming your own body weight in Christmas dinner, of course. There's even an extra Christmas helping of Britain's most divisive comedy, Mrs Brown's Boys, which, if it replicates the success of last year, could end up being the most watched show on December 25... Reserve a spot on the sofa and settle down for our favourite festive picks... Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (BBC One, 5.30pm) If … [Read more...] about Christmas Day TV guide 2018: What’s on and best highlights to look out for