Students from Caedmon College Whitby are making the news for real today, 15 March 2018 as we take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on today, watch this space as we add more news to our webpage throughout the day.
Whitby Captain Cook Festival
On 6, 7 and 8 July this year, the Whitby Captain Cook Festival will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the departure from England in 1768 of Captain Cook in the Endeavour on the first three scientific voyages of discovery. James Cook learnt his trade as a seaman in Whitby and his famous vessel HM Bark Endeavour was built in Whitby. He was the son of a farm manager who grew up in the North York Moors National Park but made his name on the sea with groundbreaking achievements in cartography and the Newfoundland surveys, by observing an eclipse of the sun at his own initiative, and his sheer competence in captaining small ships. Cook left Plymouth on Thursday 25th August 1768 in a single vessel, built in Whitby, with stores for two years and 100 or so sailors, marines and civilian ‘men of science’ and artists. His orders were to observe the Transit of Venus from Tahiti in the Pacific. He was then to open his secret orders to find the Great Southern Continent which some scientists believed had to exist to balance the landmasses of the Northern hemisphere and stop the world toppling over.
A working party has been set up to plan the events for the weekend. Maddie Bennion and Jasmin Stonehouse are representing Caedmon College on the anniversary event working party. Two small ships will be sailing into Whitby harbour throughout the weekend.
There will be lots of celebrations taking place throughout the weekend, watch this space for more news in the coming months.
We were talking to Colin Pyrah, the CEO of Paragon Creative, and he said, “This event is very important because Captain Cook lived in and sailed from Whitby, he did a lot of amazing things in his life. Captain Cook is a critical part of the unique heritage of Whitby and we need to celebrate that. Most of the elements of the weekend are sponsored by local companies or are personal profit. Some of the money raised will be going to the RNLI charity. The event if going to be very well publicised and we are hoping it to become an annual event. It will be advertised in the Whitby Gazette, which also has links to the local Scarborough paper, and the Yorkshire Post. Hopefully, there will be clips advertising the event on BBC and ITV.
Battalion Battlefields Experience
In February, 45 students and 3 teachers caught the ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge. They formed a pals battalion, a very common occurrence in the first world war as even our local battalion was made of a group of friends, whether they were boys, dads, schoolmates or workers. This made the trip more realistic and created a close knit community that surprised all of us.
It was a very emotional and educational experience for all who took part in it. We visited various memorials such as Thiepval, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Poelkapelle, Essex Farm and lots more. Sanctuary Wood is a memorial, that we visited, to the soldiers who fell there; the trenches of World War 1 have been preserved there. On the Saturday, we enjoyed an afternoon exploring Bruges.
There were many highlights to the trip, one of them being our lovable driver Dave and our amazing guide Tanya. They both told us many stories, not to mention driver Dave’s stories from his life which won over the battalion, signing off with his signature “Bing Bong Bye!”.
One of the most predominant memories was the ending ceremony. This was meant to be a thoughtful ceremony in a graveyard that was chosen last minute but it became so much more. The students stood in a semi-circle holding candles in remembrance, whilst poems were read and music was played. After which they stood and had a minutes silence. At this point they were expected to slowly make their way back to the bus, instead of that the students made their way to the nameless graves that we had visited earlier on in the day. They stood for an hour mourning the graves of the soldiers. Mr Cutler described the experience as “the highlight of his career.”
Tyler Clarkson spoke of the experience, “it was a wonderful experience and every tear was shed for the soldiers that died in WW1. It was truly amazing and the memories will last a lifetime.”
We spoke to one of the teachers organising the event, Mr Cutler, and he said “It was an amazing and thought-provoking experience. We all learned so much about ourselves and each other. Walking in the footsteps of the soldiers gave us all a powerful and memorable experience that will stay with us for years to come.”
Grace Hall, a Year 9 student who came on the trip, said “this experience was so different to what I thought it would be, I learnt a lot about myself as well as the history aspect of the trip. It really gave me a new perspective on the war, especially the war from a German point of view.”
Isabella Bridge, also a Year 9 who went on the trip, said “the trip was such a unique experience which taught us so much. I really enjoyed it and all the memories I made. Personally, I don’t think I will ever forget the experience.”
Y10 Scarborough Careers Fair
On Wednesday 7 March, Year 10 went to the Scarborough University Technical College for a careers fair where we first had three talks. In one of these talks, it was explained to us how university may not be the best option and how an apprenticeship may satisfy our learning needs, especially if we are desiring to pursue a career in vocational jobs such as engineering. Another talk explained to us further about what university is, how it can improve our learning and about the logistics of it, such as student loans and living costs. This was useful as it answered a lot of our questions and resolved our worries about affordability.
After the talks we were taken to the exhibition, where universities, colleges, sixth forms, businesses and other associations such as the Army and Royal Air Force were.
Here representatives spoke to us about apprenticeships within their company, the courses available at their university and the opportunities their schools could offer us.
As well as this, there were interactive companies which had activities and challenges that we could do, which incorporated an element of fun into the day. A robotics company there had two remote controlled arms that we could operate, we had the challenge of building a jenga tower as high as we could, one student, Emily Clarkson, who took part in this said, “it was fun to operate a robotic arm, I am considering a job in robotics now.”
Overall it was a valuable learning experience, where we could educate ourselves about different pathways available for us in the future. Additionally, it gave us a chance to explore a wide range of careers, which we maybe would not have previously considered.
A variety of Year 9 students who study engineering, embarked on a workshop, where they were to be challenged in a design and build competition. Jake Hambley, reporting from the event, said, ‘When we got here we were given a bag of supplies/materials to make a crane, we weren’t allowed to build straight away though as we had to make a portfolio as we would be marked out of 10 for just that. On the pictures are out first emotion designs.’
During the course of the day, while making their crane, the team came up against some challenges. For example, when wiring up the crane, ‘the motor did not work’, so they used a back up rod to pull the magnet back and forth. The idea has been presented to the judges, and we eagerly await the result…
French Music Exchange – November 13th – 20th
On November 2017, the Year 9, 10 and 11 music students visited the the beautiful Alpine town Chambéry, in the region of Savoy. Each student was assigned a French host for the week who they were to shadow to experience the authentic french culture. We arrived in Chambéry and we were greeted by the french students in the music room. All the students were then given some time to get to know our hosts then sent off with them to meet their families.
Meeting our hosts wasn’t as scary as it may seem, as we had already been in contact via email and through social media, meaning we already knew quite a lot about each other. When we were introduced to them in person we were in a very friendly environment , everyone was excited to meet each other so it was all very positive. All the students (French and English) then travelled home via the hosts own means.
One of the trips whilst we were there was that we went to a mountain village, Beaufort-sur-Doron, where they make Beaufort cheese. We were lucky enough to go into the caves where they store the cheese where it matures. Mr Hopper one of the teachers who came with us said “The cheese factory was cheesy!” While we were there we were taught about how they make the cheese and how the cheese was first made. We also had a chance to explore the village and went to see the old Baroque church, its architecture and history.
We also were able to visit the winter olympics museum , there were a series of different exhibitions portraying the different events that took place and the countries who took part. Albertville was selected as host of the winter olympics in 1986, and was the the third Winter Olympics held in France and it was the last Olympics to have an outdoor speed skating rink.
On the the thursday all the students visited a string quartet concert it was inspiring as it showed off nearly all of the techniques that you can do on string instruments. The mix between modern and classical style music made the concert even more interesting.
At the end of the week we put on a concert for our hosts family and friends to listen to what we had produced over the course of the week. And it was enjoyed by all. We performed as seperate groups and as two schools with the pieces we had been practicing at school in the weeks before the trip.
It was a trip that taught us all how to be more self reliant as teachers could not be with us at every given moment.
All the students made lifelong friends, and departing from Chambéry was very emotional for us all as we were practically a part of their family for the week. All the hosts were so welcoming and we couldn’t have asked for a better group of students to stay and work with.
“It was interesting to meet someone who could speak fluent english as a second language.” – Lorna Quantrill
“The visit to albertville was inspiring and I liked looking around the school and experiencing how it operated.” – Mr Hopper.
“Being out of the country without my family for the first time was daunting , But I’m so happy that I went, It was an experience I will not forget.” – Katie
Year 7 have taken part in The Burberry Challenge. In this challenge the participants had to design a trench coat for a female pioneer. Burberry is an outside organisation that worked with Caedmon and Eskdale as a collaboration to teach and inspire the young students about female pioneers. The aim of this challenge was to create, inspire and promote problem solving and encourage team work between both schools.
All of the teams worked well together, every team having a mix of students from each school.
The Ideas foundation organised the whole thing and they strive to “ inspire creativity in young people”. The day showcased how great our students are at working together and inspiring each other.
BBC 500 word challenge
Well done to all the Year 7 students who entered the 500 words competition. The 500 word competition is an annual competition that take place every year. It is run by BBC radio 2 presenter Chris Evans to try and get more young people involved in writing stories. The Caedmon College Whitby winners were as follows: Mollie Atkinson who wrote the story “ War boy”; Joleigh Davidson who wrote the story “The mix-up of a vandalism”; and Isabel Herbert who wrote the story “My story of smallness”. These three girls came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their year and were very happy to hear the news. The “war boy” is about a boy caught in the middle of a war and gets sent away from the war , the story “The mix-up of a vandalism” is about a man who witnesses a vandalism happen to the Tower of London but in a thrilling plot twist the person who did the vandalism is his cousin and “My story of smallness” is a story about a dwarf girl who gets bullied because of her height. We are still waiting to hear if we have been successful in the national competition. In the last two years two students have been in the final 4000 entries in the national competition. Here’s the first place story:
Bombs were going off everywhere like fireworks. Sue grabbed Mason and she ran to the nearest ship she could find. She gave Mason a kiss on the head and put him in one of the baby cots on the ship, and said “I love you more than anything but I have to send you away to a safer place with a safer family! When you’re older please come back.” She left a note in Mason’s tiny pockets for when he got to his new place.
Finally when he got to his new home he was put on the doorstep of a really weird small looking house by a really nice tall lady. She rang the doorbell and left Mason sat in the pouring rain on his own, plus he was still only a little baby. Then a really skinny, lovely woman opened the large door to see a dripping wet baby. She picked him and his basket up and took him inside. “Honey, when you were on the internet and were looking to help a child in need did it say anything about a baby coming?” shouted the lady up the stairs. “No it didn’t why?” a man replied from up the large set of stairs. “Maybe because there is one sat dripping wet in front of me.” Then a chubby man started to walk down the stairs and started skipping as he saw Mason.
After ten years with his new family Mason had got to like them and thought of them as his mum and dad. Mason still didn’t know that his real family lived in Germany in fact he didn’t even know that they were even alive. Then one day that all changed. “Mason come down stairs, we have something to tell you.” shouted Bill, Masons new dad. Mason started walking down stairs and saw his new mum and dad sat on the sofa looking upset and sorry. His mum tapped the sofa as if to say come and sit next to me but he didn’t know what was going on so he felt it would be better if he stood. “Son we need to show you something” sadly said his mum. She handed him a piece of old paper and he opened it up to some really wobbly handwriting. It read, “Hello Mason, you are probably wondering what is going on but i’m your mum. We are having a war in Germany so I sent you away when you were a baby and now i bet you are a strong independent young man. I hope you found a nice family that loves you but no one loves you more than me. Our address is 4 Jacu Street Germany, please come home son, we all miss you and the war will be over soon.
Lots and lots and lots of love
Sue (your real mum)”
So he packed his bags and off he went to Germany.
Tim Peake Experience
A couple of weeks ago, on January 30th, our science lessons took an interesting turn when we were told we would be given the opportunity to see Tim Peake’s space capsule. We then travelled to York Railway museum in a group of 30 students to see the Soyuz capsule. Once we arrived, we met our tour guide who began explaining to us how how the journey went…
Now in our smaller group of ten or so, we were shown around the museums exhibitions and told a few things about each train. The trains themselves are kept in an enormous old train warehouse, but the museum is a lot larger than that. We were shown inside some of the trains and told about others, but the main exhibit was of course the capsule.
It sat in the center of the hall, with the parachute draped across the ceiling. We got told about the descent, how the outside of the capsule was black and burnt from the extreme temperatures brought on by coming back into the atmosphere. It was very impressive to see the capsule and think about where it has been and what it has seen. That for six months it was docked on the International Space Station (ISS), all before safely bringing Tim Peake back.
“I really enjoyed going to the Tim Peake space capsule because we found out so much on how it worked and what it did.” – Ruby Ventress
Several days later, during our science lesson, we were taken outside to a huge bus which held the second part to our Tim Peake experience.
On the bottom floor os the bus was lots of tablets attached to the walls, and we completed games and tasks which taught us key skills about the descent of a spacecraft. We learned the amounts of gases needed for fuel, how to accurately aim to land in the right place, and more, all through fun activities.
Then, on the upper floor of the bus, we put on VR headsets and watched a Virtual Reality film on the descent of the Soyuz capsule, which took about 20 minutes and was a really interesting and eye-opening experience.
“I really enjoyed the VR experience because it was a chance to almost literally see what astronauts go through and made space-travel seem more real in a way” – Tyler Clarkson, Year 9 student
Miss Walker, a science teacher at our school, said “trips and activities like this provide inspiration beyond the classroom. An opportunity to visit and get hands on experience of science where students can apply their knowledge in a real life setting can be incredibly motivational. In science it is also beneficial because it allows us to explore the ever changing world of science.”
There are many people in our community who feel very strongly about the issue of microplastics, or single use plastics. Being a fishing town, the threats of microplastics could impact our industry massively. This is why I think it’s important to report on this subject.
Microplastics are a danger, not only to our environment, but also to us. Microplastics are used in all sorts of products, for example face wash. When we wash these things down the drain, the plastics go through our drainage system, and eventually end up in the sea, where they can be eaten by fish. These fish, especially in this area, then end up on our plates, which is an increasing problem.
A variety of people I’ve talked to cannot see what the government is doing to support this problem, and very few steps have been taken to change the use of microplastics in everyday products.
As students, we can do our bit to change even a tiny proportion of the way things are currently done. We can participate in beach cleans (like the Year 7 and 8s are next week), promote use of reusable plastics. We could also change our school to be against single use plastics, and use a food storage system that can be used repeatedly, rather than two layers of so-called ‘disposable’ wrapping.
Thanks to Miss E. Penrose
Stephen Hawking: A fitting tribute
Stephen Hawking was born on the 8th of January, 1942, and was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. For many, this would mark the start of an eventful and painful life, however this is a major misconception about disabilities. Just because he had this life changing disability it did not stop him from achieving some awe-inspiring things. He is considered by many as the modern day Albert Einstein, a big accomplishment.
Sadly, this amazing mind passed away peacefully on the 14th of March, 2018. However, his death should not be presented as a separation, but as a gathering and sharing of all his accomplishments. For example, Mr Hawkings discovered the four laws of black hole mechanics, which is so complex it is beyond many of us. He also discovered that black holes emit ‘Hawking radiation’, a huge discovery as no other scientists believed that anything escaped them. On top of all of these accomplishments, he received numerous medals for all of his achievements, including his book, “A Brief History of Time.” This book was a Sunday Times best seller for two hundred and thirty seven weeks.
His life expectancy showed that he was meant to live until the mid-1960’s, however he completely dumbfounded scientists and doctors when he went on to live until 76 years old, around fifty years longer than predicted and three times as long! Hawking’s also had a near death experience when he caught pneumonia whilst travelling to Geneva in 1985, and one of the options was to unhook him from life support, but his wife at the time, Jane, decided to reject the idea. To survive, they had to perform a tracheotomy on Hawking’s, whilst it was saving his life he had lost his ability to speak, but a California based company helped him to create his ‘Speech synthesizer’. This machine used an infrared sensor on his cheeks to analyse the words he was trying to say and then displayed them on a screen, of which he chose using a small machine with his hand.
Some may say that Science is an excuse for religion, some may say religion is an excuse for Science. However, an all-inclusive, commemorative and agreeable fact is that what this man accomplished, despite his setbacks, achieved more than many of us dare to dream about. His life is almost a moral in a story, just because you have something wrong doesn’t mean you can’t do right. To finish up, remember one of his quotes. “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
Last night the RSC’s celebrated contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet wowed audiences with its exuberant portrayal of this renowned revenge tragedy. Simon Godwin’s production twinned with a diverse and talented cast resulted in a modern and breathtaking performance of this classic play. Although some critics have been less than keen on the addition of traditional African elements being added into the play, for me the vibrancy and culture breathed new life into this tragic drama whilst still incorporating the traditional aspects of Shakespeare. I must admit I was initially apprehensive, how could two starkly opposing cultures be sewn together in such a play? However, I found the elements were skillfully and smoothly integrated by Godwin and the mainly black cast, resulting in a seamless fusion of African culture and English literature. This highlights the versatility of Shakespeare’s work and also the imagination and talent of Godwin and the cast.
Paapa Essiedu’s portrayal of Hamlet especially stood out for me and this is an opinion shared by many. His young vigour and emotional vulnerability whilst playing this part were the heart and soul of this performance and I found myself drawn to his character due to his honest portrayal of grief and anger. To twin this extreme emotion with the playful elements of Hamlet’s adolescent life created a multifaceted character with depth and integrity, paying homage to what is widely acknowledged as Shakespeare’s most emotionally developed protagonist. Essiedu’s acting was superb throughout and the famous soliloquies did not feel scripted or overly pompous. His speech, intonation, body language and actions, all paired wonderfully with each other and therefore elucidated the impression that Hamlet was, as he is supposed to be, a troubled teenager and not an actor attempting to be profound.
The relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia was one fraught with conflicts and contrasts, more so than I perceived when reading the play. Although the performance of this was not true to the original text, the adaptation brought with it heightened emotion and a sense of Hamlet’s power that had previously gone unnoticed to me within the text. This could be down to the live aspect of the performance, however I mostly attribute this to Essiedu’s powerful acting and the stagecraft of the aspects of physical violence between the pair which added a more sinister atmosphere to his antic disposition. Mimi Ndweni (Ophelia) must also be commended on her acting. She portrayed her character’s descent into madness with a realistic harshness which left audiences aghast with emotion.
The scenery was modest, something characteristic of Shakespearean plays, as to not detract from the play but the artful props and lighting meant I still felt fully immersed throughout. The costumes were a mixture of traditional African dress and modern day clothing which successfully represented the combination of many eras and cultures.
The inclusion of traditional African drumming was an aspect I was not expecting but I fully embraced when confronted with it. Such a diverse instrument was able to create everything from suspense to vibrant celebrations and I commend the skilled drummers on their ability to craft such emotions from this humble instrument.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed Simon Godwin’s contemporary take on this traditional play. The violence alternating with introspection, melancholy with humour and subtlety with spectacle all converge to create a modern yet soothingly familiar rendition of this tragic drama.
British Exploring Society and Caedmon College Whitby is known for sending a select number of students on an expedition to Iceland every year, but this year it’s bigger than ever. On April the 2nd, seven of our Year 10 students will endeavour on a five day training course in North Wales, ready for their trip to Iceland in early July. This is to develop their skills in survival, determination and teamwork. Activities they will participate in include minimal outdoor hygiene, leaving no trace, tent building, wild camping for two nights, working as a group, orienteering and many more. They will be engaging in these activities from 7.00am till 10.30pm most of the days they are there, making it a huge challenge for these young enthusiasts. The chosen few include: Katie Simpson, Rebecca Alcock, Louis Nelson, Charlotte Everall and Jason Puckett with Will Jackson and Olivia Morrison as reserves. These seven students will be split up into four groups and will be with people they have never met before, with the reserves taking part in this activity.
Once the training days are over, they will return to normal school until summer when the main five will embark on the journey through Iceland. However, this won’t be cheap. The seven will have to raise over £7000 to fund both trips to North Wales and Iceland. Not to mention kit! This once in a lifetime opportunity will not be easy. The students will travel with Miss Charters, we talked to her about her leading the trip for the first time. She has been on similar trips, mostly D of E expeditions, but never abroad. Miss Charters will be taking part in all of the activities, such as going up a volcano and hiking, with the students. Some of the fundraising events going on include a bake sale, a sponsored static bike ride, a milkshake stand on Scoresby Site and a ceilidh. Fundraising letters are also being sent out to local businesses. There has also been a link set up where, if you buy something on it, a small donation of your money is made to the trip. The link is https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/caedmoncollegeiceland/. We asked Miss Charters how she felt about this trip and she said ‘excited, nervous and stressed because of all the paperwork!’
We talked to Ben Botham; one of the students who took part last year. “I think it was an amazing experience and I would thoroughly recommend it. I loved the team work and it was an extraordinary trip.” We also asked him if he had any advice for the year 10s doing the trip this year, he said “be open-minded and do not worry about the new activities, get stuck in. Most importantly, keep track of your personal hygiene.”
This years students spoke too, we interviewed Charlotte Everall (one of the Iceland chosen) and Will Jackson (a reserve) they said “We are very grateful for the opportunity, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. We’re looking forward to meeting lots of exciting new people, training in Wales and having a great time.”
International Women’s Day – 8 March
Now more than ever, there is a strong call of action to press forward and progress gender parity. To motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities, to think and act gender inclusive. To get equal pay for men and women, because it’s not about the money, but about respect.
This year International Women’s Day is all about the global movement for human rights, equality and justice. Violence against women has captured the headlines, propelled for a rising determination to change.This year again IWD was an incredible success,
The theme of International women’s day was #pressforprogress. Here are some of the events that took place:
Shefest: The main event took place on the 7th March, where women got involved with 15 free workshops covering everything from womens rights to dancing where it ended with live music
1000 women: The 1000 women 1000 futures event, this took place on the 8th March where women all came together for a special lunch to support the 1000 futures project.
Mum market spring: This happened in Doubletree hotel where mums came together for a market where there were raffles, giveaways and shows.
We asked teachers at our school (Caedmon College Whitby) who their female inspirations were, here are some of them
- Miss Wallace – Emmeline Pankhurst
- Mrs Wood – Her mum
- Mrs Ward – Malala Yousafzai
- Mrs Brown – The Queen
All of these people are women who have made a difference in some way. The ones who taught women they can do anything they want to, and the ones who simply just made the world a better place.
St Catherine’s Hospice
We wanted to get more involved with our local community, and specifically a local charity. We contacted Dr Julian Fester – Hospice Doctor, to find out more about how the hospice functions in our region.
What is the mission of the Hospice?: To ease the suffering of people with illnesses that cannot be cured.
Are people frightened when they’re first approached by the hospice?: Lots are very frightened, as the term hospice is associated with terminal care – care at the end of life. Whereas this used to be the mission of the hospice, it has changed in the last decade. Originally the hospice was primarily based in care of terminal cancers, and aimed to ease their suffering. Recently, treatments of cancer have improved, so that sufferers are living longer with the disease so palliative care is required for longer. It’s also recognised that other diseases that are incurable have symptoms similar to those of cancer sufferers. We are now helping people who are living with illnesses, not dying with them.
What do you do to try to lift the stigma? What organisations do you work with to do this?: We work with community nurses and GPs, macmillan nurses, oncologists, to ensure professionals fully understand the role of the hospice, and so involve us earlier with the course of a patient’s illness. The hospice itself is a charity, so has a lot of fundraising efforts that involve the community.
Are any of your patients young? Perhaps school age?: No, school aged children are usually cared for by a specialist branch of the hospice. It’s rare for younger people to need looking after in this way, which is why it’s so specialized. The youngest patient I’ve ever cared for was 21. Most however are middle aged or elderly.
What does the future look like for the hospice locally? What problems do you face?: As the population ages and more elderly people live in the community, hospices will become increasingly involved with their care. One of the big challenges will be looking after all these people and finding the funding to care for them properly, as only a small proportion of the funding of hospices comes from the NHS.
Is the hospice something to be feared?: No it’s a wonderful place, with lots of dedicated staff who go out of their way to help patients and their families. The actual hospice is not like your average hospital, and is more like home. However, we strive to keep people at home these days, rather than admit them to the hospice, if that’s what they want, and the local district nurses and GPs provide excellent care in the Whitby and Esk Valley area, which facilitates this. It’s therefore quite possible that somebody can be involved with the hospice team, but never come near the hospice building itself. The hospice team also looks after patients in Whitby hospital, (and many patients appreciate this as it provides care closer to home, than, for example, in Scarborough hospital,) if they require a higher level of care than can be provided at home.
Whitby’s Eskdale Festival
Eskdale Festival is an event in Whitby that showcases the arts. There are many different branches of the festival including music, drama, and spoken word. This celebration of music attracts an abundance of participants each year; this year we are very proud to say that there were over 400 entries, showing it is widely popular in the area due to its fantastic community spirit.
We talked to Chairman David Bradley to find out more about the competition we’ve taken part in for so many years.
When asked what the festival gives participants, Mr Bradley told us that ‘Most poets, all playwrights and all composers create pieces to be performed for an audience. In a sense, the Festival provides a platform to showcase young talent.’ Although it seems obvious, we often forget that artists work was made to be displayed. More than this however, the event provides competitors with the opportunity to learn through listening and through constructive criticism. In this it teaches adaptability, which is a huge part of private education in the modern day, which many entrants don’t have access to.
Our community greatly values the inclusion of such a successful festival in the town. ‘It is part and parcel of Whitby’s heritage’ since it has been running since 1902. ‘A lot of people want to keep it going’ but the festival ‘needs to keep changing so that it is relevant to young people today’. Music, arts and humanities are suffering in the modern school curriculum, and are being pushed out under the emphasis placed on ‘academic’ subjects, such as maths, sciences, and english.
However, arts teachers are encouraging pupils to participate in music festivals, although some are losing numbers (thankfully not ours). In contrast to schools emphasis on examination results, the festival staff and friends are interested in the ‘development of the whole child and feel that this focus on examinations is responsible for the decline in mental health of young people.’
David Bradley is a very dedicated chairman, also acting as host, and we wanted to know why he’s so passionate: ‘I’m a great believer in finding every learner’s unique talent and exploring it. Success in that talent nearly always leads to success in other areas.’
‘I would like performers to feel good about themselves. I would like them to grow in confidence and feel successful. I would like them to appreciate the power of the arts and promote them throughout our community.’
This wonderful festival is incredibly important to participants, the community, and to the confidence of young people in the town.
Both of us have seen older brothers, sisters and friends grow through and gain from the experience of the Eskdale Festival, and they are now continuing to use skills of presentation and humility in their jobs, and everyday lives.
At the end of the Eskdale Festival, a gala is held. It consists of a variety of the best performers in the competition.They also give out awards that celebrate the years very best
and favorite musicians, these awards are dedicated to performance, commitment and musician of the year. We are very thankful to have a community event such as the Eskdale Festival and we look forward to the coming years.
Eskdale Festival CCWhitby Participants
|Recital – Caedmon College Junior Choir||Clarinet Solo – Anna Derham||Woodwind Solo – Erin McBurney||Brass Duet – Isabel and Martha Herbert|
|Piano Solo – Isabel Herbert||Piano Solo – Charlotte Crossland||Piano Solo – Isabella Bridge||Piano Duet – Naomi Fester and Isabella Bridge|
|Family Piano Duet- Isabel and Martha Herbert||Instrumental Solo – Lorna Quantrill||Instrumental Duet – Lorna Quantrill and Rosie Hutt||Instrumental Duet – Rosa Byatt-Goodall and Rachel Russell|
|Instrumental Sonata – Jasmin Stonehouse||Vocal Solo Boys – Joshua Harland||Vocal Solo Song from the Shows – Joshua Harland||Folk Song – Joshua Harland|
|Piano Recital – Naomi Fester||Piano Recital – Isabel Herbert||Piano Solo – Charlotte Everall||Piano Solo – Lorna Quantrill|
|Piano Solo – Lydia Shone-Hatchwell||Piano solo – Killian Robinson|
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