Alice – Ormskirk School Production
In our college we have many children who are gifted when it comes to Performing Arts. As most of you will know, the amazing performance of “Alice” took place back in October. I have interviewed a few of the Keats students who were part of the production; Hervey Bracken, Joe Morrow, Isla Webster, Sam Walton and Ellie Hall.
Q: What made you want to audition for a role in “Alice”?
Hervey: I wanted to join as I knew I would meet new people and have fun.
Joe: I have been in a few plays before and had a big role in productions at Primary school, so I thought I would take part in “Alice” and see what the experience would be like.
Isla: Performing in a school production is a really good opportunity, as the Ormskirk School productions are always of such a high standard.
Sam: I enjoy drama and thought it would be a good opportunity to perform in front of an audience.
Q: Did you find it hard to learn your lines?
Hervey: At times learning lines became hard, but you have to show resilience and persevere.
Joe: This was because some of the lines Hervey and I had to say were in sync which made it even harder!
Sam: Learning my lines was quite easy because I only had a few!
Q: How often were rehearsals and how long were they?
Joe: Rehearsals were around four hours a day.
Sam: Well, there were times when it was almost too long for my liking!
Isla: It was every day and sometimes we were still at school at 9 in the evening! But it’s all necessary and all worth it in the end.
Ellie: They were long hours but very enjoyable at the same time
Q: Do you participate in any Performing Arts clubs outside of school?
Hervey: No I don’t but I would like to start, as I’ve discovered that I really do enjoy acting.
Ellie: Yes I go to a Performing Arts school called “Loretta Legge” in Maghull.
Joe: I used to, but as I participate in other clubs I stopped going. But I still enjoy drama lessons in school and stay on a Wednesday for a school drama club.
Isla: I would like to but unfortunately I do not have time at the moment. I used to attend a club called L.Y.P.A. at Edge Hill which I enjoyed.
Q: Will you be auditioning next year for any roles?
Ellie: Yes, the experience of “Alice” was incredible and I can’t wait to see what it will be like next year.
Joe: Yes definitely it is such a good opportunity
Q: Is acting a career you would consider in the future?
Ellie: Yes, acting is such a good job option and it is really fun.
Hervey: I love acting and would definitely consider it as a job when I get older.
Keats are very proud of all of our pupils who performed in “Alice” or who took part behind the scenes and we can’t wait to see them all perform in the future!
By Holly Hilton. Year 8. Reporter.
The “Peak” of Success!
Toby Eastwood tells us about the fun and challenges of being a Scout and about the best thing he has done…so far!
Toby is in 8K1 and is a proud member of Keats collage and a keen Scout. He joined the organisation when he was only 6 years old and has spent many years enjoying the challenges it offers with his friends from school.
Toby enjoys a wide range of activities and told us: “I like doing lots of activities in Scouts and some of my best have been camping and climbing. My most memorable moment in scouts so far is taking part in an international camping event called “Peak”.”
“Peak” is an amazing gathering of Scouts from across the UK and abroad which has fun packed days filled with every activity and entertainment you could imagine - over 65 different ones to choose from!
Toby thoroughly enjoyed this event (who wouldn’t?) and thought it was wonderful to meet so many new people – he was certainly guided by our school motto and made the most of this “Opportunity”!
We love to hear about the adventures which members of our college enjoy outside of school – please tell us what you get up to in your spare time!
By Callum Gallagher-Tate. Year 8. Reporter.
Volunteering Victory- Our Senior Prefect is an Inspiration.
Alex Gaughan, our 11 Keats Senior Prefect, has been named Young Volunteer of the Year at the Lancashire Sports Awards which took place in Blackpool on Friday 25th November 2016.
Alex started coaching as a volunteer in year 9 and over the last 2 years has given up 500 hours of his time to coach a wide range of sports, including rugby, indoor football, indoor and outdoor athletics and cricket.
His work has included being responsible for organising and running events at local primary schools, helping at secondary school sports days and competitions and doing work in the community including coaching at Ormskirk Cricket Club, Ormskirk Rugby Club and Town Green Football club.
Competition for the prize was extremely tough and Alex was up against 7 other young volunteers who had also spent 500 hours coaching various sports. Alex was of course thrilled when he was chosen as the winner. We are absolutely delighted for Alex and although we can see how worthy the other pupils were, we have to give credit where it’s due and we know just how thoroughly deserving Alex was of this award. As a Senior Prefect for the College, he is a huge inspiration and everything we want our Senior Prefect to be.
Alex is studying GCSE PE and hopes to continue with his coaching. When asked for one of his favourite memories from his volunteering career, Alex said that he was delighted when one of the indoor cricket teams he was coaching won the local and then went on to win the country championships. It’s clear to see that Alex takes a great amount of pride in his students and they respect him completely.
Our college is extremely proud of Alex who has done so much for the school and the community, and who continues to be an inspiration to so many of us every day. Congratulations Alex! Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Joe Morrow Year 9 Reporter
A POEM – by Holly Frost 8K1
This is about my favourite time of Year
When everybody’s filled with cheer.
Children play in the soft, white snow
As the twinkling fairy lights glimmer and glow.
Carol singers spread the joy,
As children wish for their favourite toy.
The star shines on the tree, giving light,
As the presents are left, late at night.
All can tell when Jack Frost’s been around,
Because he leaves ice all over the ground.
When holly trees are in their glory,
Carol singers tell a story.
And the children say he’s on his way,
With all their presents in his sleigh.
Children are rushing up to bed,
He won’t visit if you’re awake it’s said!
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.