New students enjoy Burnt Mill summer school

Lifestyle / Tue 1st Sep 2015 at 01:29pm

Burnt Mill SummerTHE newest students set to join Burnt Mill Academy and Forest Hall School are raring to go after an action-packed summer school.

A group of 110 students took the opportunity to attend the week-long timetable of activities, ranging from football and dance to circus skills and drama.

Each day, students took part in two of the activities, giving them the chance to make new friends and acclimatise to their new way of life.

Scott Simpson, of Makin’ Steps Performing Arts, works with the school throughout the year and holds street dance sessions at summer school.

He said: “My classes aren’t just about dancing, they’re about learning the importance of warming your muscles up and being active.

“With groups such as Diversity so successful, it has made dance socially acceptable, even among the boys. Everyone gets involved and excels.”

Music tutor Caroline Fitch said: “We have been working to develop students’ senses with regards to their musical ear, listening, working in groups, confidence and team-building.

“They have had the opportunity to try new things and to play instruments. They have been really enthusiastic.”

Lee Bradbury, assistant head of humanities at Burnt Mill, said: “Summer school is about preparing the children for life at Burnt Mill and Forest Hall. Things like lining up before class are a huge part of the culture here and they have been getting in the habit this week.

“The expectations we have put in place this week are what are to be expected when they come to Burnt Mill and Forest Hall.”

Illustrator Alan Case, who has worked on Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and Fantastic Mr Fox, took children through a step by step guide to creating cartoons, while Mark Russell from Solo Circus taught a range of circus skills and Sam Ashford from Livewire held drama sessions.

Maui performers Bruce Simpson and Te Reinga wowed students with their lesson on the warrior culture before teaching them the famous Hakka dance.

Helena Mills, head of BMAT schools, said: “Summer school is such a brilliant way for our new Year 7 students to make friends, get to know teachers and keep their minds and bodies active.

“We are very lucky that children have chosen to join us here at Burnt Mill and Forest Hall so we want to ensure they have the best start ever.

“I can’t wait to see them all next week in their brand new uniforms. It is one of my favourite moments in the school year.”

Trainee teachers from the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust Teachers for Tomorrow scheme helped to run the summer school.

This was the second batch of new Year 7 students to attend the sessions, with the first week of the summer break seeing another 100 new recruits take part at Burnt Mill, in First Avenue, Harlow.

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