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Summer School
We began the summer school in 2002. This was an Arts College initiative. Funding was also given by EIC (Excellence in Cities) Gifted and Talented Programme and UFA (University of the First Age).

In the first year, We worked with 70 students on the theme of "" this was a chance for students to work within the Arts and New technologies. We had two areas Visual Arts and the Performing Arts. Everyone had a chance to take part on everything and as well as producing something within their own field. However, We completed the week with a sharing for parents and Friends on the Friday which had a combination of all the Arts included, The Visual Arts didn't finish them, they came back for two days on the Monday and Tuesday to complete their Digital Art work and ended with a specific sharing of their art work displayed in D Block at SJNCC.

We worked with lots of artists; Soft Touch Community Arts, Alonzo Mendoza and Beats Working (West African Drummers). The visual Artists also had a trip to The Tate Gallery in London this was a whirlwind experience for students and staff, that produced some different and challenging examples of work!

Island StoriesIsland Stories
Year 2 saw us look at who worked well and what could be "tighter" in regards to admin, students and context of the summer school. We worked with the same funding bodies but with the theme "Island Stories". We decided to have the students working within their "tea,s" and with specific tutors and then offered workshops within different areas that they could take part in, things like, Steel pan, Dance and Drama. Everyone was working visually either in 2D, 3D or Digital Art. We decided that the sharing for parents would be experiential and take them on a "journey" through the building to see the work created. A map was drawn and sites for the work to be exhibited. This was interlinked with the workshops and ideas produced, "A Castaways Drama" A dance from another Country "The Hakka" and music with The Steel pan.

Feedback from this year was very positive and everyone gained a lot from the experience. We had 2 follow up days in September and November to complete a "Digital Arts Banner" with selected students.

In Year 3, the theme "Metamorphosis" was decided upon and the idea of new technologies for schools, in particular Animation and Film. We decided to work in 3 specific areas. Visual Arts, Dance and Drama. Each area would have their own aim and objectives to answer within the theme given. All students were given homework to do before summer school and this fed into the work that they were producing. Drama, looked at moods, Dance looked at Capoena and combining styles and Visual Arts looked at Animation based on the students loved from a young age to now.

We also worked in Partnership with outside agencies which allowed for us to widen the experience and expertise given to students. The Leicester Mercury, offering journalist skills and knowledge to create news letters, The BBC East Midlands in using a camera and producing a video to reflect the "spirit" of summer school and The Phoenix Arts Centre to showcase the work produced by the Visual Arts, a short film of their work! 2004 was immensely satisfying to see how far summer school has come... not only in organisation but the quality of experience and the quality of the work produced. Everyone came with high expectations of themselves and us and the feedback has been to this credit.

What IfWhat If
The 2005 Arts Summer School at Sir Jonathan North Community College was called 'What If'. ‘What If’ offered an intensive week of Art, Dance or Drama for Gifted and Talented students for years 6 – 9 between the18th to 22nd July . The initiative encouraged students’ to think outside the box, to explore new ideas, to question their own work and to develop and create in response to the brief! Students’ were treated to an outdoor evening performance of Much Ado About Nothing by Heart Break Productions at De Montfort Hall. Fortunately, the weather held out and an inspirational time was had by all! Family and friends of the students’ were treated to a performance on the final day of Summer School; our artists and performers had worked in their specialist areas intensively all week to produce group and solo displays for the show. The whole week was captured on camera by our very own Newsteam, who captured the thoughts, feelings, concerns and celebrations of the summer school students in a big brother style diary room!!

Summer SessionsSummer Sessions
In 2006 the college was proud to host ‘Summer Sessions’ in dance, drama and art summer school for Gifted & Talented students, which took place form 15 – 21 July 2006. Students from years 6 to 9 from Primary and Secondary schools within Leicester City were invited to nominate students who would benefit from the specialist arts week. After completing a demanding selection day, more than 80 students were chosen, based upon their existing talent, enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills and be part of a team. All the weeks activities and behind the scenes shenanigans were caught on camera by our very own Newsteam, who created a Big Brother inspired diary room for all the students to report on the weeks events.

The summer school week was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved and for further information and video and galleris of photos and artwork please visit the Summer Sessions website

The Butterfly EffectButterfly Effect
In 2007 Sir Jonathan North Community College was once again very proud to co-ordinate and host, the annual Gifted & Talented Arts Summer School for Leicester City school students. City Schools were invited to nominate Gifted & Talented students for each of the specialist areas; Art, Dance & Drama. This year was heavily over subscribed so we had to select Students for their ability, dedication, attitude to learning and commitment at a pre- summer school workshop on July 9th. We had over 55 students attend the Summer School week from 6 different Secondary Schools and 14 Primary Schools! This ran daily from 9:30am – 3:30pm, providing action packed warm-up activities, stimulating sessions and advanced skills in each of the areas. As a specialist Arts College with joint a secondary specialism in Science and Maths, we chose the summer school theme to entwine both Art and Science. The title of this years Summer School “The Butterfly Effect” derived from the exploration of cause & effect, consequences and reactions. Each specialist skills area focused on these key points to create exhibitions and performances for parents and friends on the final afternoon of the summer school week. The week was extremely action packed, with a trip to see “Cats” at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton for all students, circus skills training for the drama group and an experience in the Star Dome for the art students – to mention a few things! The whole week was documented and recorded by our very own Newsteam, who are currently updating Sir Jonathan North’s website for everyone to view photos and clips of the Summer School week.

To download the Butterfly Effect Summer School newsletter please click here



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