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On Tuesday 26th February, Year 8 participated in an indoor athletics at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
The first events were field events for the Year 8s. Our shot-putter and triple jumper got high scores and lengths, but due to the fierce competition others came higher and both the boys came 4th or 5th (not clearly specified at the time). Our high jumper came 1st place with ease.
In the 400m (two laps around the track), our runner stayed in 2nd place throughout the whole race but nearly lost it at the end. Thankfully he sprinted the final straight to the finish line, coming in second!
Next was 200m and 60m. In both sprints, tension rose as lots of sprinters were quite evenly as fast as each other. Fortunately, both of Swanlea’s sprinters won their races.
Last, but not least, was the intense relay race – which was 1 lap for each runner. The final runner was in 3rd place but then paced the final straight to finish Swanlea’s relay team in 2nd place.
At the end of the tournament, Swanlea were declared 5th place out of the 11 schools. Well done to all involved!
A few weeks ago, the Year 8 football team participated in a 7 a-side tournament against 2 other schools in Tower Hamlets. It was at Victoria Park and was organised by Queen Mary’s University.
In the first match, it was Swanlea vs Stepney Green. Our team struck a goal first with a long-range shot into the bottom corner. However, only a few minutes later, the Stepney winger did a brilliant cross to the striker who then scored. It was 1-1 and Swanlea were determined to win. We made many chances with crosses and passes in the oppositions’ box but unfortunately we couldn’t execute an on-target finish.
In Swanlea’s second match, we were opposing St Michael’s Catholic College. In this match, Swanlea had most possession of the ball the majority of the time and made several chances for a goal. However, St Michael’s goalkeeper did some brilliant saves against Swanlea’s wingers and strikers. Fortunately, near the end of the match, Swanlea’s left-winger dribbled through their midfielders and defenders, passing it into the back of St Michael’s net.
At the end of this tournament, Stepney Green won with 1st place and St Michael’s were 2nd due to goal difference. Swanlea were declared 3rd place!
A BIG WELL DONE FROM MR FUSCHILLO AND THE PE DEPARTMENT!!
On Monday 11th February, the Swanlea Choir took part in the Stratford and East London Music Festival, an annual competition for all musicians in South Woodford.
The choir were entered for two categories, Youth Choir-Open and Youth Choir-Theatre. In the Open class they performed in Latin, “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck and “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas by Alan Menken. After giving a most musical and confident performance they were awarded second place behind reigning champions, Modality, a superb choir who performed “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman with slick choreography!
In the Theatre class Swanlea relaxed a little and showed off their fun side with “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Seasons of Love” from Rent, bringing home the trophy for first prize!
The adjudicator gave his very fair and helpful comments on both performances. He made positive references to their gentle choral tone and offered advice on how to achieve a better balance between all voices in the group. Something to develop for next year!
For some, this was their first competition, although for Maya Khan of 9C this was her third year of competing with Swanlea! When asked what she liked best about singing in the choir, Maya said
“Singing really relaxes me and I love it when we sing in two and three part harmonies as it just sounds so good!”
We’d love more students to be involved, especially the boys! Swanlea, if you like singing then head to M5 after school on Tuesdays and see what’s happening. You will be very welcome!
Well done to all who took part this year. We are very proud of you.
1st Sopranos: Harriet Nodder, Halima Begum, Saima Ahmed, Mariam Ali, Ana Maria Loladze, Silvia Zakir, Kezia Stanley, Cerian Bright,
2nd Sopranos: Anjuma Anbia, Maya Khan, Naima Anbia, Aamna Malik, Maisha Azizur, Daania Iqbal, Isra Alam, Aaliyah Khan
3rd/Altos: Adi Khan, Ameer Alyas
Kezia Stanley of 7A recently starred in the Year 7 Drama club performance as the lead role, Terry Dumpton, in “The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty.” Kezia recently completed her LAMDA Level 1 award in Shakespeare with a DISTINCTION! Mrs Coulson caught up with her to find out all about it.
Mrs C: What is LAMDA and how did you get involved with it?
Kezia: LAMDA stands for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. I found out about it because I joined an acting club outside of school called Pollyanna Training Theatre. They have a great website so to find out more about them you can visit: www.pollyannatheatre.org
Mrs C: Your certificate says that your Award is in Shakespeare. What did you have to do?
Kezia: The category that I was tested on was called Shakespeare Studies. I read an extract of Helena’s speech from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ After memorising my lines, it was time for the exam. I was marked on my knowledge of the play and the presentation of my speech. I had to demonstrate that I had a really good understanding of the character and the scene. I had to use movement and facial expressions to convince the examiner that I was Helena.
Mrs C: That sounds interesting! I bet you learned a lot about ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Did you choose that category?
Kezia: Yes, I did. There are many other exams you can do such as Musical Theatre and Acting. Right now I am doing Poems and Prose.
Mrs C: Well done on getting a DISTINCTION! 91/100- wow! You must be really pleased?
Kezia: I was! I got a really nice certificate and some good feedback in the comments from the examiner so I definitely know what to expect next time.
If you would like to know more about LAMDA, visit their website: https://www.lamda.ac.uk/ or speak to Miss Blackford or Kezia!
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