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posted 27 Sep 2013, 06:43 by H Slim   [ updated 4 Oct 2013, 07:07 ]

Chetham’s School of Music visit CCA

On Friday 27th September the head of music from the world famous Chetham’s music school in Manchester and five of his students came to CCA to perform and chat to members of the year 10 GCSE music group. Chetham’s students (who were aged 16-17) performed on violin, cello, French horn, oboe and voice and were accompanied by a brilliant Russian pianist, Dr. Elena Nalimova; a teacher at the school.Each student explained how they had got to Chethams, played a piece on their instrument and then CCA students were able to ask questions. Chetham’s head of music, Stephen Threlfall, asked his students to demonstrate the techniques they use on their various instruments and got some of them to lead a group activity. Jenny, a singer, taught us all some of her vocal exercises and the tongue twisters she uses to improve her diction. All of the Chethams students performed ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and their music teacher explained about chords and modulations to the CCA students in a fun way. It was an inspiring visit and will benefit the GCSE group for their listening paper and general musical knowledge. Some of the year 10 students attended the evening concert held at Trinity Methodist Church that evening.

Mr Lawrence

Curriculum Leader - Music

Victorian England at CCA

Our Year 11 students had access to a History workshop on Tuesday 1st October, to complement their GCSE studies. The purpose of the workshop was to focus on an aspect of History that the students usually find more difficult; the background of people’s lives in Victorian England and the Liberal Reforms from 1906. As a History department, we wanted to ensure that the students had access to different ways of learning, to complement their studies, which is why we have asked for this particular production group to come into Clacton Coastal Academy, to bring History to life. The students were absolutely exemplary and they were a credit to the academy. Well done Year 11 History students!

Ms Beach

Learning Director - Humanities

Zombie Apocalypse!

Over the last few weeks students have been taking part in a literacy programme with a difference. To start CCA had its very own alien invasion, complete with costumes and then (as if that wasn’t enough) they had to fight off zombies! Zombie night included a zombie body hunt (with additional staff to scare!!), the chance to learn the Thriller dance, performing monologues about the zombie apocalypse, which were then filmed on iPads and trying ‘survival’ foods. Needless to say, they all made it through and CCA rules again! These events took place after school and have been extremely successful. The aim was to raise literacy levels across all abilities, with pathways tailored for each cohort of students. These activities were in addition to the normal school day which involved all teachers delivering literacy based lessons. Each lesson was based around a theme and students also had the chance to take part in a range of activities including trips to the London Dungeons and the Science Museum. A huge thank you goes to all staff and students who took part in these fantastic events.

Miss Kirby

Associate Assistant Vice Principal - Literacy and Transition