FINE ART, GOOD FOOD, GREAT MUSIC AND GIANT-SIZED CREEPY CRAWLIES! That was the order of the day when Bolton’s Essa Academy threw open the doors to celebrate the creative talents of its students with the entire community. The school gave a weekend welcome to scores of visitors eager to enjoy a full day of fun-packed activities. And whilst the heavens may have opened during a decidedly damp July day, rain certainly didn’t stop play.
Year 11 Art students and staff at Essa had spent months planning and delivering the event as a fitting finale to their time at the school. Essa Art Leader Alex Tems explains: “The event is based around the annual exhibition of our Year 11 art work. So, all of their GCSE work was on display for everyone to see. The students have helped to promote and market the event around Bolton and the North West. We are delighted to see so many people here. The day is about celebrating the students’ work and raising the profile of the arts within the academy and within the wider community. Hopefully, after today we will get more people involved in our performances and events.” Visitors had the chance to explore the works of art and even create their own as part of a giant graffiti wall.
There was face painting fun for the younger children, stalls and plenty of tasty things to eat. The more energetically-minded could pit their skills against an inflatable assault course and enjoy the ups and downs of the bouncy castle before getting in a quick game of five-a-side soccer. While fleetfooted festival goers could learn some toe-tapping new skills with lessons in street and Bhangra dance styles. The Art Of Essa /more… Media Release 11/07/2016 draft There was the chance to enjoy some great live music from the school’s talented young performers and plenty of clowning around with Ally, whose balloon-bending prowess kept the little ones enthralled.
Other attractions included the chance to get up close and personal with some of the insect world’s big boys as part of a wild science show. The performance included massive millipedes, a hand-sized Tarantula called Fang and friendly snake that answered to the name of Cecil. But the real stars of the show were the students. Outgoing Deputy Head Boy, Aadil Pariejwala, 16, was one of those who exhibited his work as part of the show. He said: “It’s important for us to show our work to others because we can express our passions, interests and emotions. Events like this are great because they bring the community together within our school and celebrate what we have done.” While fellow exhibitor Asma Patel, 16, added: “The school has been great for us. It’s put on lots of activities such as this that have helped us to grow and improve as individuals. It’s a great opportunity and it’s been a great day.”
Essa Academy’s Interim CEO and Acting Principal Abdul Chohan, said he was extremely proud of all the students who took part in the event. “This was a great opportunity for us to showcase our students’ work to the local community and for them to have a really fun day out at the same time,” said Mr Chohan. “Increasingly, it is becoming more important for schools to take their place at the heart of the communities they serve to create better understanding and to see how we can share our strengths. It’s also interesting to meet new people who can contribute to the life of the school. Events such as this are key to improving the learning outcomes for our students and giving them some real-world experience. The students have put a lot of hard work and effort in to today and have given up their weekend to make it a success. They are a real credit to our school. We look forward to many more of these community events in the future.”