Corby pupils film stories and songs for children on KGH's Skylark Ward
They helped out as part of a community outreach project
Pupils and staff at Corby Business Academy produced video performances containing the favourite books and songs of children at KGH s Skylark Ward.
As part of a community outreach project, and to help those in need in the pandemic, those at the school wanted to support young patients and give them something to enjoy.
After receiving requests from the children on the ward, drama and English students worked hard to rehearse and perform a variety of readings such as: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, an extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell.
The videos they produced also contain popular songs and pieces of music performed by students and staff from the school's music department, such as: A Million Dreams and This is Me from the renowned musical The Greatest Showman, the Pink Panther theme tune composed by Henry Mancini, and Good Days by SZA.
Simon Underwood, associate principal at the academy, said: “The last year has been extremely challenging for society in many ways. This was an opportunity to give something to our wider community and also continue with our commitment to the holistic development of our students.
“Recognising that there are many ways to contribute to others in society is important to us and the students have yet again risen to that challenge. All the staff are extremely proud of this project. We have thoroughly enjoyed hearing of the joy it has given.”
Tayla Kelly, a Year 12 student, said: “I was really pleased to be asked to be part of the Skylark Ward project and it was lovely knowing that I would be reading one of the stories that was chosen by the children on the ward. Hearing about how excited the children on the Skylark Ward were made me really keen to be part of the filming. I really enjoyed being part of the process and hope that the children and our community really enjoy what we have put together.”
Students took great enjoyment and pride in the project by creating performances for the wider community. Staff also took the opportunity to link the programme to World Book Day, 2021.
Miss McLellan, head of drama, said: “It has been a great pleasure to be able to support our wider community by putting together a video to spread some happiness during what has been a very difficult time for all. Our students have demonstrated great talent and such enthusiasm for their performance subjects and have made us proud with their contributions towards World Book Day. Having been in regular communication with the Skylark Ward, it has been particularly rewarding to hear about how excited the children are to receive the video containing their favourite pieces of literature and music.”
Claire Green, lead health play specialist at Kettering General Hospital, said: “Such examples of work go a long way in to improving a patient’s sense of wellbeing. Being in hospital can lead to a variety of emotions and anxieties and we are always looking for new and innovative ideas to provide distraction and entertainment.
"Not only was this a lovely idea, we will continue to use some of the clips as tools for patients that we think could benefit from the audio distraction.’
“I would like to commend all of the students who took part in this project. It was great that the students had clear voices and great expressions to add depth and character to the stories.”
The performances are also available on the academy’s ‘Community, Outreach and Charities’ section on their website.