Northampton High School was delighted to welcome guests and members of the community to our annual Creative Arts Festival. Taking place on Tuesday 20 June, this marquee event proved the perfect celebration of our pupils in the world of the Arts, offering friends, families and staff an opportunity to view the excellence of our talented student body.
Welcoming guests into our Senior School foyer, attendees were greeted with the sound of musical performances; from soloists to guitar ensembles, our wonderful musicians wowed their audience and showcased exceptional talent. Following the tuneful sounds through the school, guests arrived at our dedicated Art spaces where various A Level, GCSE and Senior School exhibitions were on display. Parents and grandparents rejoiced at the opportunity to view the creativity of our wonderful students, taking particular interest in the hand crafted sculptures and ceramics projects. Huge praise also came from The White Room, with our fantastic GCSE Textiles Exhibition inspiring many conversations on design and technique. Upstairs, we were proud to showcase our Year 12 ‘studio spaces’ in The Studio, and display exceptional A Level ‘Heritage Pieces’ along the corridor.
The night played host to a wonderful array of exciting exhibitions, demonstrations and performances across the Textiles, Art, Food, Drama and Music departments. The wonderful aroma of freshly baked goods spread through the classrooms and into our two spacious courtyards, which were transformed to host drinks and canapies for guests. Beneath the glorious evening sun, groups gathered outside to enjoy a Summer Festival Picnic and watch a Year 8 performance of Macbeth. More fantastic drama performances followed in the Drama Studio, with Year 9 and Year 10 embracing the specialist space and showcasing true theatrical skill. Taking to the stage in the Senior Hall, Year 7 treated guests to a rendition of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ and Year 9 delivered a performance of ‘The Crucible’. Audiences applauded pupils for their brilliant stage presence and for collaborating excellently.
Proud to display the artistic talent of the entire student body, we were thrilled to welcome family and friends to the Junior School to view the work of our younger pupils. Greeted by more musical performances, guests entered the Junior Hall to enjoy a variety of Art exhibits created by students in each year group; from Mexican amate bark painting and oil pastel artwork inspired by Hilma af Klint, to detailed felt stitching and sunflower paintings inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Guests were delighted to view such detailed and inspired pieces, expressing their amazement at the wonderful work on display.
It was marvellous to welcome so many lovely guests into school for this special evening. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Beacroft, her team and the many other staff members who helped to put this showpiece event together. A huge congratulations to our talented pupils who make events like this such a joy. It is an honour to proudly display their creations for you to enjoy!
To view pictures from the event, please click here. We look forward to welcoming you back for next year’s festival!