On Friday 22 April, over 40 Workington Academy students headed to Beckstone Primary School to support them with their St George’s Day parade and celebration event.
The sun was shining and the streets of Harrington, close to Beckstone Primary school were lined with members of the community and friends and family of both Workington Academy and Beckstone Primary school, waiting to see the highly anticipated dragon and multi-talented parade, which did not disappoint!
The St George’s Day Event was the culmination of months’ worth of preparation and coordination between Workington Academy and Beckstone, in which Miss N Tweddle, Director of Learning – Year 7, had been working closely with Mr D Warbrick, Headteacher, Beckstone Primary School to bring the event together.
Mrs A Murphy, Head of Expressive Arts and Mrs J Taylor, Teacher of Art, have lead a team of Year 12 Sixth Form Art students who have helped to produce and re-decorate the dragons head and have spent the last 6 weeks at Beckstone Primary School on Wednesday afternoons, helping the students to produce their own individual scales, which were sewn together to create the dragon’s body, which formed the forefront of the parade.
Behind the dragon in the parade were the Workington Academy Samba band, who have been rehearsing tirelessly in preparation for Friday’s event. Lead by Mr R Daglish, Teacher or Music, the samba band produced a faultless performance throughout their journey around the streets of Harrington, adding to the euphoric atmosphere created throughout the parade.
Other members of our Workington Academy student body were a huge help to the reminder of the parade, through carrying banners that had been made to show all of the countries for which St George is the patron St of and by lining the edges of the parade and assisting class teachers by ensuring that the younger students, particularly those in Nursery and Reception were kept on track!
At the end of the parade, all members of Beckstone School, our Workington Academy representatives and members of the community gathered on the Beckstone School field to sing songs and listen to performances from a number of our Workington Academy students, linked to St George and England.
Mr Daglish led the Workington Academy orchestra through three fantastic performances; Siyahamba, Rotenue and Hallelujah, which were greatly received, before the Workington Academy choir gave a beautiful rendition of ‘The Rose’ by Amanda McBroom, which was led by Mrs Claire Humes.
The spectators were also treated to an imaginative and comical performance from the Year 7 Drama group, which was led by Mrs S Fitzsimons, Teacher or Drama, consisting of Lucy Wilson (7DWI), Diego Sutcliffe (7DWI), Chloe Bell (7AHO) and John James Glaister (7AHO), who dressed in costume as key characters from the St George’s Day story and performed a ‘St George’s Day Rap’, which had been written by Year 12 Drama students; Holly Harkness, Rebecca Milligan and Evie Askew.
The final performance saw ex-Beckstone Primary school and current Year 7 Workington Academy students Alicia Graham (7APA), Chloe Bell, (7AHO) and Kate Metherell (7APA), reading out their own ‘Tales of St George and the Dragon’, that they had written especially for this event. Thanks to Mrs T Thompson, Teacher of English for helping to prepare the students for this.
The event culminated in a rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday, after closing words from Mr M Bedford, Deputy Headteacher, Workington Academy, in which he thanked all staff and students involved and applauded the link between Workington Academy, Beckstone Primary school and the community in bringing this event together.
The event really was a spectacular showcase and was a success for all involved, as shown in local press and on ITV Border News. Workington Academy look forward to working closely with Beckstone Primary School and our other local primary schools in the support of future community events.
Watch out for the photos and videos from the event taken by Mr A Williamson on our website and social media pages.