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  • 19 Jul 16

    Activities Week Creative Arts Showcase 2016

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    Activities Week in the Creative Arts Department culminated in amazing showcase of all of the work on Friday 15th July.
    On display were expressive Watercolours inspired by Turner from Ms Smiths 'Rolling Down the River' group and some incredibly accomplished photos from the 'Wonderful World of Photography' group led by Mr Darteh, Mr Roszkowski and Mr Papageorgiou. The winning photographs can be seen below and photos from 'Rolling Down the River' can be seen here.
    A large audience of pupils and parents were treated to incredible acting, singing and dancing performances from the 'Matlida' team who were led by Ms Chamberlain and Ms Poulter. This was followed by creative, professional short films from the 'Make a Movie in a Week' group run by Mr Dyas.
    The afternoon was finished with two superb songs performed by Ms Blackler's 'Live Sessions' group.
    Once again pupils showed just how outstanding and inspirational the arts are at Dunraven. An amazing finish to a brilliant week.
    Look at all the photos here, with thanks to Mr Papageorgiou.
    The Creative Arts Team
  • 18 Jul 16

    Activities week Live sessions project

    This week 10 students from years 7-9 spent activities week learning, rehearsing, recording and, finally, performing two songs. A huge well done to everyone involved! The project was a real group effort and all of the students involved made huge progress since the start of the week.

    Thanks once again to Mr Rickard and Mr Stelling for coordinating the week’s project and to Mr Rickard mixing the tracks! Downloadable versions below.


    Ain't no sunshine

    Everybody Hurts

    We really hope that all of the students involved enjoyed their week!

    Best wishes,

    Ms Blackler

    Want to get involved in Live Sessions next year? JusUpdatet complete the application form here and get your name on next year’s list to be involved in a fantastic range of performance opportunities both in and outside of school.

    The first rehearsal will be on Thursday 8 September in C125.

    Students from year 9 through to year 13 are welcome to apply.

    The cost to for this activity is £30 per term (payable in advance).
  • 11 Jan 16

    Christmas Concert

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    This year’s Dunraven Christmas concert took place on Thursday 10th December, where students performed to a packed hall of parents and guests.

    There was a large number of students from all year groups involved in singing and playing in the concert, many in numerous different ensembles, and our audience enjoyed an eclectic mix of classical repertoire, Christmas favourites, jazz and pop music.

    The students excelled themselves both in their outstanding performances and in their great support of one and other and general musicianship throughout the evening.

    Thanks go to all of the students involved, the music team at Dunraven and the parents and families who patiently encourage their children to persevere and practise, day after day, week after week.

    We sincerely hope that enjoying such a vibrant and high quality performance helps to make it all worthwhile!

    Ms Blackler

    See photos from the rehearsals here




  • 11 Jan 16

    Autumn Term in Drama

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    Another busy term in Drama with performances, extra-curricular rehearsals and many theatre visits. 

    Guys and Dolls is well underway with the cast and crew working very hard to get it ready for February. As well as all the actors involved we have a large number of students and staff working on set, costume, make-up, lights and sound. Tickets will be on sale soon and we look forward to seeing you on 10th or 11th of February at 7pm. 

    Dunraven's new 6th Form Theatre Company stage a production of Jim Cartwright's Road just before the Christmas holidays. Directed by Callum Ward in 13GJ and ably produced by Leah Bowes in 13K, Road explores the effects of unemployment and poverty on the lives of a Lancashire community in the 1980's. Using only their enrichment time on a Wednesday Afternoon the students created a moving and mature interpretation which was performed to a packed house. 

    We have had another busy term of theatre visits and workshops in Drama. Students and staff have attended productions of Macbeth, The Lorax, Measure for Measure, Future Conditional and Lysistrata since September. We have also had workshop in school with The Old Vic and The Young Vic in the past few weeks developing the knowledge and practical skills of our students. 

    As well as extra-curricular, Both GCSE and A-Level students have performed exam coursework since September. GCSEstudents performed devised pieces exploring the 2011 London Riots and A-Level students performed devised work that used Franz Kafka's The Trial as inspiration. The practical work was very good quality and we were glad to see a wide range of different theatrical styles and techniques used by our students. 

    We have lots more coming up. We already have tickets booked to see Twelfth Night, Battlefields, Around the world in 80 days, The Caretaker and The Master Builder. We have improvisation performances from Year 10, a scripted performance from Year 11s, both monologue and group scripted performance from Year 12 and our much anticipated musical in February. 

    Nic Hargreaves,  DOL Drama 




  • 29 Jul 15

    Busy Year in Drama

    The school year has come to an end and Team Drama have been reflecting on what has been achieved in Drama since September. 
    • We have been on 14 theatre visits to some of the top theatres in the country, including: The Young Vic; The Globe; The Old Vic. We have seen Kevin Spacey, Rory Kinear, Gillian Andersson and Kristin Scott Thomas in action on stage. 
    • Students have had the opportunity to participate in 10 practical workshops with professional theatre companies and theatres focussing on a number of different plays, themes and skills.
    • We have been visited by 4 professional actors who have delivered masterclasses to our KS4 and KS5 students. 
    • 2 theatre companies have performed Shakespeare productions in school to our students. 
    • Students have staged 8 performances as part of their GCSE and A-Level courses. 
    • We started the year with a performance of The Comedy of Errors at The Albany Theatre as part of The Shakespeare Schools Festival. 
    • We ended the year with a double bill of The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice from our very own Dunraven Shakespeare Society.
    Team Drama already have their sights set on next year. We have tickets booked for Measure for Measure at The Young Vic and are taking our KS5 students to see the acclaimed Pomona at The National Theatre. We are also planning our school musical, developing a 6th Form Theatre Company, working more with the primary school and continuing our tradition of high quality abridged Shakespeare. 
    Thanks to Ms Walker, Ms Poulter, Mr Rice and Ms Miah for all their hard work.
    Nic Hargreaves - DOL Drama 
  • 15 May 15

    Changing Britain Festival

    In preparation for the recent election, 8 students from years 9 and 10 took part in the Changing Britain Festival at the Southbank Centre in London. As an Associate School for the Arts, Dunraven students were able to take part in workshops with Theatre Centre to help develop political speeches to share with the public about what they wanted to see improved with the next government in Britain. Topics included safer streets, education on mental health, LGBT equality, equal pay between men and women, and green energy usage.
    Ms N Walker, Creative Arts
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  • 05 May 15

    Dancers win regional round at Make Your Move Competition

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    On Saturday 25 April, 14 dancers from the Dunraven Dance Company competed for the second year in the British Red Cross Dance Make Your Move Competition with 11 other schools including Uxbridge College, Darrick Wood School, St Marylebone School, Definitions Dance Company and Gotitas De Sabor.   

    They worked tirelessly for months on their group performance based on the vulnerability of the elderly in the UK, and how the British Red Cross support can make a difference to their lives.

    With a soundtrack including extracts from a moving poem entitled "Cranky Old Man" by Phyllis McCormack, which was voiced by our very own Miss Holdstock's grandma Lewis, the students performed with poise, passion and energy to be crowned winners, going through to the area finals in June. We are now only one step away from the National finals at London's 02 arena!    

    Not only did we win the competition but we managed to become platinum fundraisers by raising over £1000 for the Red Cross. 

    We are so proud of the beautiful performance the dancers gave and wish them luck in the next round at the Greenwich Theatre on 20th June.  

    Well done once again to Hannah, Lily, Megan, Stephanie, Shyan, Czarina, Nesa, Josie, Hannah, Ivanna, Bethan, Mayline, Amber and Leah.

    Ms C Kenworthy


  • 24 Apr 15

    National Youth Orchestra with Dunraven Musicians

    On Tuesday 14 April the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain visited Dunraven School to work and perform with our young instrumentalists. Seventy Dunraven musicians from all year groups and all ability levels had the incredible opportunity of creating, listening and playing alongside some of the most talented instrumentalists in the UK.

    The day began with a tutti session where all instrumentalists met, and the Dunraven musicians had a chance to sit in on the NYO performing an extract from Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra led by Duncan Ward, NYO associate Conductor.

    Students then moved into their specific instrument groups for a breakout session working on creative ideas inspired by Bartok’s piece.

    After lunch the NYO performed a stunning rendition of the challenging ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ by Bartok to a number of Year 7 classes and to musicians from all year groups as well as staff and visitors who had come along to see such a prestigious orchestra playing at Dunraven school.

    And finally, Dunraven students and staff musicians had the absolute pleasure of playing alongside the NYO musicians in an ‘Instant orchestra’ to perform an orchestral version of ‘Rather be’ by Clean Bandit. Our musicians shared music stands with NYO musicians and experienced a little of what it’s like to play with musicians of such calibre.

    The day was a tremendous success, and our young instrumentalists were engaged, focused and professional throughout.

    We would like to thank the NYO for their visit and for giving our students the opportunity to play alongside them, and a thank you to all Dunraven staff for their hard work and support.     

    In her closing speech, the NYO Executive Director, Sarah Alexandra, emphasised that the only thing that separates our students from the NYO musicians is the hours of practice and unrelenting dedication which is needed to reach their level (Grade 8 Distinction is the requirement to qualify for audition). We very much hope that this experience will have encouraged Dunraven students to continue to aim for the top in all that they do and to make them realise what is possible if you are prepared to put in consistently hard work!

    Ms Blackler

    Look at all the photos from the day here.



  • 09 Mar 15

    Upcoming Dance Competitions

    The Dance department have been extremely busy this term with a variety of exciting events, performances and competitions. 
    There are several events coming up which families are welcome to come along and see so please keep a close eye on the dance blog and look out for letters to get your tickets in time.  
    • Friday 13th March our London Youth Games Key stage Three Team will be competing at London's Copper Box Arena in Olympic Park representing Lambeth from 9.30am-1pm. Information can be found on :  
    • Tuesday 17th March A group of 28 year 8&9 students will be performing for the Rambert Elements Dance Project at The Clore Ballroom South Bank from 5pm - 6.30pm, families can turn up on the day for this FREE performance.
    • Thursday 14th May Our Street Crew will be competing in a London Borough Event at Ricards Lodge School for a place at Step Live.  The event begins at 7pm and a small ticket price will be charged at the door.

  • 23 Feb 15

    WOW Now!

    Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Gemma Cairney met with year 9 - 11 girls on Thursday 12 February to discuss what feminist issues really matter most to girls today.
    Working with Southbank Centre and inspired by the WOW – Women of the World Festival, Gemma is creating a 3 minute documentary capturing the frank and honest opinions from groups of secondary-school girls from different backgrounds and parts of the country.
    The finished film will be shared via social media in the run up to Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival as well as during the festival as part of a panel discussion led by Gemma. A permanent online presence for the film will allow ongoing discussion beyond the WOW 2015 
    Utilizing the power of their words, the film will challenge online viewers and WOW Festival panelists and audience members to answer difficult questions, and consider their own role and responsibility in affecting positive change for young people today.
    N Walker - DOL for Creative Arts Faculty

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