Dance Exam

The Y10 AND Y11 BTEC dance performance exams took place on Thursday 17th December 2015.

The Y10’s opened with pupils performing to Lion King, the first time they had performed with the live band! All students had spent hours beforehand in makeup with the help of Miss Charlton who made their faces into Lion lookalikes. The students were fabulous and all succeeded in passing the practical unit 4.

The Y11’s were up next with their fairytale stories. For this unit, they had to plan a character and create a scene telling a story. The students organised the whole performance from the tickets to the music and pictures on the screen! Once again, all students secured a good grade from their practical unit 2 and set an example to our up and coming performers.

The Cranworth Road girls performed their unit 4 together and also performed a solo for the first time in front of an audience.

The exam groups were joined by the Y8 and Y9 dancers, who performed two great pieces. This was an excellent standard from our KS3 students and we are expecting some fantastic dancers performing in the future!

We were extremely proud of every performer and would like to congratulate all the students who participated.

Photographer of the Year!

Just before Christmas, our budding Photographers entered their best snaps into Mr Mason’s ‘Photographer of the Year’ competition. We had some fantastic entries, and several of our students were tying for first place until the last vote was cast!

The following entries all received a ‘notable mention’ for gaining votes from the judges:

Six of our Eight judges all voted for our overall winner. We would like to offer a massive congratulations to….


Mr Mason and all the judges were extremely impressed by not only the amount of entries, but the great quality and range of ideas and themes displayed. Well done to everyone who entered!


The Impossible Triangle Challenge

The following Clifton students that have all completed their ‘Impossible Triangles’ this week! In order to complete their triangle, students must collect merit marks in their Maths lessons. Merits are awarded to students who have completed an outstanding piece of homework.

Congratulations to:

Anna Oraczko – Year 7

Leoni Clayton – Year 8

Isra Sarwar- Year 9

Charlie Marshall – Year 10

Stefanie Lackova – Year 11

Clifton Christmas Concert!

The annual Christmas Concert took place on Wednesday 16th December 2015.

The more traditional first half opened with pupils from Coleridge Primary School choir singing ‘Do you want to build a snowman’, followed by a number of Y8-Y11 soloists performing pieces they have been working on in their instrumental lessons.

The second half featured performances by pupils from Rawmarsh and Wickersley, with Wickersley Concert Band opening with ‘Schnee Waltzer’.
This warmed up the audience ready for Vocal Group’s rendition of ‘Budapest’ and ‘Merry Xmas/War is Over’.

Next it was time for Rock!  Mr Riley’s Rock Band blasted out ‘Bohemian Like You’ before Y10s Sam and Jan took to the stage with ‘Sunshine of your Love’.  This was an outstanding demonstration of what our pupils produce on the Rockschool Music course in KS4.  It was then time for the grand unveiling of newly formed Y10 band ‘The Vail Expression’, performing a set of three songs, one of which was their own creation.  Lead by front man Jaq Denton,  the five-some have been rehearsing three nights a week and are a true inspiration to younger musicians at Clifton!

The evening concluded with the award-winning Soul Band, supported by Wickersley Concert Band, a collaboration we intend to develop further!

Thankyou to all parents and staff who have supported Clifton pupils and the Music Department this term and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year at Little Shop of Horrors and Battle of the Bands!

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