THIS. WAS. A. SHOW.
West Side Story has run all week at Holy Cross College: 2 matinee performances and 3 evening shows. A fabulous event for the whole cast and crew and a wonderful experience for all those who have lucky been enough to enjoy the presentation live: the audience including many family and friends, staff and students from our partner schools and guests from Bury Hospice to name just a few.
Based on the theme of Romeo and Juliet and the book by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, it is 10 years since Holy Cross last performed this musical. With a new creative team in place, it was felt to be an appropriate time to re-visit this production, not least with its themes of racial and cultural tensions and how this may be seen mirrored in some elements in our current political climate.
This also marks the final show for our Head of Performing Arts, Paul Campbell, before he leaves Holy Cross this summer, and this is an opportunity to begin in a small way to recognise the quality of his work over so many years; not least in doing so much to support and develop the careers of so many students who have left us to work in performance related areas. Despite being a Manchester United fan, he has been a rare and very special colleague who will be greatly missed by us all.
Whilst James Frith was visiting The Welly Community Café opposite the college, students seized an opportunity to have their say about Brexit.
Many thanks to all staff, students, former colleagues and students that came to the solidarity service and prayed for those affected by the terror attack in New Zealand.
This has been our most successful year for applications to and offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities with 12 of our current students holding places for September 2019. The students and the details of their offers are outlined here in the image. This is wonderful achievement for these students and one we want to recognise fully.
Crucially though, here at Holy Cross College, we genuinely aim to be a stepping stone for all our students in moving on and accessing the next stage in their career development. It is why we provide a broad and challenging curriculum and enrichment package to develop students’ skills to support the next chapter in their lives.
We want to celebrate all that our students achieve; those holding offers from universities, for apprenticeships and employment and those with gap year plans, we wish them every success in their exams this summer in preparation for moving on from college in 2019.
Articles from Cameron Newton:
The German exchange was a great experience for me. It gave me an opportunity to practise speaking German and have a chance to listen to conversations. The family I stayed with were very caring and supportive and my partner and I got on very well!! Everyone I met was lovely and it was great to spend time with other students class and their partners and also get to know the older students in year 12. It was fantastic and I would advise anyone to take up the opportunity.
Articles from Libby Mansergh
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in the German exchange, not only did I feel as if my German skills had improved, I also managed to make some new friends. The people of Esslingen were extremely welcoming and helped make us feel at ease. The fact that I was in contact with my exchange partner Amelie for a few months prior to the exchange made the experience much less daunting. We did so much during the exchange from tours of Esslingen and Stuttgart to a presentation and party at the end. Amelie is looking forward to coming to Manchester/Bury in October and I hope she will have an amazing time too.
Overall the experience was extremely beneficial and fun and I would love to do it all again!