Due to unforeseen circumstances, the History trip to Llancaiach Fawr Manor on the 21st June has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Thursday 6th July. All students who have handed in money and consent forms will be able to attend on the 6th July. If any students are unable to attend on the rescheduled date they need to see Mrs Vinnicombe by Wednesday 24th May for a full refund.
As we approach the end of another busy term I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you, as parents and carers, for your continued support towards all our efforts at St Julian’s. In terms of highlights of the term, the school production of Footloose must rank near the top. It was great to see so many of our community attend each evening. I know staff and students involved appreciated performing in front of a full hall. The ability to work together; to build relationships; to be creative; to experience success and to have fun are amongst the most important lessons we can teach young people. If you were lucky enough to be in the audience on any of the evenings, you will have witnessed all that in abundance – congratulations again to all who contributed to this year’s performance…..
For four nights of last week (21st – 24th March) St Julian’s School Drama and Music departments presented performances of Footloose by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford. The musical tells the story of how ‘rock and roll’ music and dancing have been banned in a small, sleepy American town following an accident where four young people lost their lives. Ren arrives in the town, Bomont, from Chicago and rallies the young folk of the town to hold a dance and change the hearts and minds of the Bomont church council controlled by Reverend Shaw Moore.
Our students performed each and every night with unyielding enthusiasm, confidence and each and every member was thoroughly convincing in the portrayal of their character. The dance routines were slick and energetic and brilliantly choreographed by Ms Gorman and Ms Porter.
Students told the story through their fantastic acting skills from highly emotional characterisations of the trouble Reverend (Carlo Fenucci), his wife Vi (Aimee Clark) and Ren’s mother Ethel (Caitlin Hayes); through the defiant and strong willed characters of the lead couple Ren (Matthew Clark) and Ariel (Hollie-Jane Flannigan); to the highly comical and quirky characters of Rusty (Jasmine Curtis) and Willard (Callum Stoneley-Bennet)
There were outstanding musical numbers from the cast and principals alike starting with the rousing chorus of Footloose/ On Any Sunday by the whole cast and group and individual performances from Ariel and the girls in Holding Out for A Hero, a touching rendition of Ren and Ariel’s ballad Almost Paradise, Rusty’s wonderful Let’s Hear it for the Boy, Willard and the boys’ hilarious performance of Mama Says and Vi’s beautifully emotional performances of Can You Find it in your Heart? to name but a few.
It was my pleasure to work with such a wonderful and diverse cast which was drawn from all year groups showed that dedication and hard work paid off. They clearly became like a ‘family’, making new friends and memories that will last for ever and showing large audiences from our community why St Julian’s really is the Route to Success.
We would like to thank everyone who supported ‘Odd Socks Day’ this week in support of ‘World Down Syndrome Day’. We have raised £154.00!!!!
We would like to thank all staff who baked cakes to sell and for Alonsi’s on Caerleon Road, who provided a ‘meal for two’ voucher to raffle in support of the event and for all staff and students who wore their odd socks!!