Students at Cowes Enterprise College, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), have put together videos to showcase all the amazing creative projects that have taken place during lockdown.
Although the lockdown presented inevitable challenges, the school encouraged students to take it as an opportunity to explore and express their creative side. A group of Year 13 Drama students led by shining example, creating a short movie that they wrote, directed and recorded themselves.
Meanwhile those in Years 7 and 8 focused on creating music videos, as part of a joint project set by the Drama and Music departments. Over a four-week period the students planned, rehearsed, recorded and edited their videos, until they were pitch perfect.
In addition to the group performances, there was a chance for individuals to show off their skills. There was a GCSE composition provided by a Year 10 student, as well as instrumental performances and dramatic monologues. One Year 7 student also made their debut as a musician after practicing and refining their ukulele playing during lockdown.
Alongside the performances, students from Years 7, 8 and 9 produced artworks responding to the theme ‘What’s in my head?’. Students reflected on the topics that were most important to them, from friends and family to COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.
The students’ hard work and dedication proved that, as their video summarises, “lockdown put a stop to a lot of things, but nothing can put a lid on creativity.”
Principal at Cowes Enterprise College, Rachel Kitley said: “I’ve been blown away by the creativity and passion our students have shown over the past six months. It’s brilliant to be able to showcase all of it in one place, which really makes you realise the scope of what they’ve delivered. We’ve always encouraged our students to find creative outlets, and I know they will continue to produce amazing things once back in the classroom.”