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Poppy-Shotts

Soprano Star

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Music, News, Performing Arts

In 2010, former Beverley High student Poppy Shotts performed at the Wyke Christmas Concert, which is still available to view on our YouTube channel. Listening to Poppy sing was one of the highlights of the evening, showcasing her amazing talent and foreshadowing a great career to follow.

Poppy has fond memories of studying at Wyke.”My time at Wyke built my confidence, and nurtured my passion for the Performing Arts. I went out into the world with the drive to create meaningful work, and with the necessary tenacity to keep pursuing my dreams.” 

After studying Music, Performing Arts, and English at Wyke, Poppy was inspired to train in Classical Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), gaining a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. She then went on to gain a Master of Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (RCM), in London, where she trained as a Derek Butler Scholar. In London, Poppy worked with a wide range of directors, conductors, and vocal coaches, including Alison Wells, Caroline Dowdle, and Gary Matthewman. During her training in London, Poppy was supported by a number of awards including the Countess of Munster Award, the Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association Award, and the Mario Lanza Trust.

Performance highlights from recent years include performing with Roger Vignoles in the Britten Theatre, RCM, and making her solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in a performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Opera credits include Barbarina, (RCM Opera School), Léïla (RCM Opera Scenes), Nedda (RCM Opera Scenes), Cleopatra (RCM Opera Scenes).  Further credits include Pamina with Ensemble OrQuesta, Susanna with Matchbox Opera, Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Opera Academy.

In between time performing at venues across the world, Poppy regularly returns to Hull to perform with Hull Urban Opera.

Since graduating in 2019, Poppy continues to work as a performer in a wide range of projects, and as a private voice teacher. To listen to her performances, visit Poppy’s website www.poppyshotts.com

Vocational courses: Important information

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From next week, all vocational courses that will complete this year will no longer be setting work for students to complete, taking work in or providing RAG grades for engagement. Teams will continue to support students with work that may help them to prepare for their planned next step, but there will be no compulsion for students to engage in this, nor will this be monitored.

There are a couple of important exceptional cases:

  • Criminology year 1: All criminology year 1 students will CONTINUE to receive set work on a weekly basis and RAG grades will be provided to monitor engagement until the end of the academic year.
  • Foundation year BTEC courses: These courses will now finish. However, many of you will be wanting to progress to level 3 course next year. If you are in this position, you will receive a letter explaining the conditions for your progression in the autumn.

We still do not have clarity on the process for vocational qualifications. It is probable that we will be asked to complete a similar process to A levels and GCSEs, with teachers providing estimated grades and rankings based on what they judge the students would have achieved if their courses had continued.

There are still some students who have not submitted work that was due before the national closure. If this applies to you, please urgently discuss this with your subject tutors, as staff will not have the evidence they need to support giving you the best possible grades.

If you’d like more information, Ofqual released their consultation on the processes for vocational courses completing this summer last Friday. This is still very much focused about defining the rules for exam boards to use.

You can access it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Edexcel have also been updating their information and have started a weekly bulletin: http://view.ocrm1.pearson.com/

Student working in the library on her Extended Project Qualification

Calling all aspiring screenwriters!

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Writing is a great creative outlet, especially during times like these. So how about turning to script writing as a way to channel those creative energies?

The BBC Writer’s Room is currently running a competition called ‘InterConnected’.

They are looking for original short-form scripts whose characters are now in isolation but connecting with each other via video conferencing.

The deadline for this competition is Monday 30th March.

Do you want give it a go? Here are a few guidelines:

  • Scripts must be between 5 and 10 minutes in length (around 5-10 pages)
  • Scripts must contain between 2 and 4 characters
  • Characters must be over the age of 16

For more information, follow the link to the main page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/interconnected

The winning scripts will be produced with professional actors and released on BBC platforms throughout April. The selected scripts will each receive £300.

You don’t need to have previous experience of script writing, and if you’re thinking “I’ve never written a script before” don’t worry, the BBC Writer’s Room website has plenty of advice and an archive of published scripts to help you get an idea of how to format your work.

Head of English, Jamie Farrow, is happy to read your work and provide feedback. If you’d like him to do this, please make sure you email him your submission by the morning of Saturday 28th March.

Good luck!

#MakeItHappen

Dance Competition Finals 2020

Dance Bring Home the Bronze

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to the Wyke Dance Team who claimed third place at the “That’s Showbiz” national dance competition finals which took place at the Liverpool Arena on Sunday.

Their Contemporary piece “Body Popping Sage Grouse” placed 1st in the senior open category and 3rd place overall. This is a massive achievement when you consider that over 220 professional dance schools entered the contest, with Wyke being the only sixth form college involved in the competition.

Commenting on the day, the Wyke Dance team posted; “There are no words, you absolute superstars, we are all beyond proud of you!”

Congratulations to all the students and staff who made this year’s finals another successful year. Bring on 2021!

Mamma Mia

HERE I GO AGAIN!

By | Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Next month Wyke Sixth Form College would like to invite you to see the ultimate feel-good jukebox musical, Mamma Mia! live in our Theatre!

Performed by our students, this musical will take you the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi and will have you smiling, laughing and dancing along to all of ABBA’s greatest hits.

Show Dates and Times
Thursday 5th March 7:00pm-9:00pm
Friday 6th March 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Matinee 2:00pm-4:00pm

Tickets are on general sale on Parentpay at £5, with £1 from every ticket sale being donated to our #Everyone4Elisee campaign.

dance team

The Fab 4 Return to Liverpool

By | Awards, Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts, Sport, Uncategorised

Congratulations to our dance team, who this weekend successfully secured all 4 of their routines a place in the Grand Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition, which will take place at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena next month.

Wyke’s dance teachers said: “What an amazing weekend at That’s Showbiz. We honestly cannot begin to tell you how proud we are of you all, every single dancer was amazing. Finals here we come!”

Over the course of the weekend, the team received an astonishing nine trophies for their outstanding performances:

DAY 1 RESULTS
1st in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd place overall for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd in Hip Genre for ‘The Incredibles’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘The Incredibles’

DAY 2 RESULTS
1st in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
2nd place overall for ‘Ghost Town’
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
3rd in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
4th place overall for ‘Anatomical Metronome’

It is another fantastic achievement for Wyke’s dancers, who last year were crowned overall champions of this competition for their Contemporary routine “1942 Land Girls Struggle”. The team overcame tough competition from dance groups from over 200 dance schools across the country to bring home the trophy and £2,500 prize money.

This year’s Grand Final will take place on the 22nd and 23rd February 2020 and we wish our dancers the very best of luck in defending their national title!

Dancers at competition

The Incredibles

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts, Sport

On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with  4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.

Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’

Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’

Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏

Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.

#MakeItHappen

Rob Aramayo

Netflix Casting

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Former Wyke student, Rob Aramayo, continues to climb the ladder of stardom, appearing in many notable film and television productions since graduating from the prestigious Julliard School, New York.

Recently, Rob has been confirmed in the casting of a new Netflix psychological thriller, “Behind Her Eyes”. The series is an adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s best-selling novel of the same name. Rob will appear alongside established household names, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson.

The production tells the story of Louise, a single mother and secretary who is stuck in a rut. On a night out she meets and kisses David, a young successful man, who turns out to be her new boss. To complicate matters she meets Adele, a new friend in town, who turns out to be David’s wife. As she becomes obsessed with the couple and entangled in the web of their marriage, they reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks.

The drama is currently in production and will be released on Netflix in 2020.

1942 Dance

Wyke Win National Dance Title

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The Wyke College Dance Team are celebrating taking the “That’s Showbiz” dance competition by storm, winning four category awards and picking up the ultimate accolade of National Champions.

Our team of 22 dancers began their long journey to the finals back in 2018, competing in two regional qualifying rounds. Over 6000 dancers participated in this highly regarded competition, from over 200 dance schools and academies. Wyke were the only sixth form college to compete in the finals, held in the Liverpool Arena.

Whilst patiently waiting back stage, Toni Knight, Head of Dance at Wyke, nervously predicted that “this could our year”. The judge’s feedback from the qualifying rounds had been very positive and Wyke took to the stage as one of the favourites to take the national crown.

“Arachnophobia” and “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” won awards in their respected genres but it was the award of the National Champions trophy to Wyke Sixth Form College for “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” that really topped the day.

Deputy Principal Julie Peaks said, “I’m very proud of everyone involved and so happy to have been part of the day. Eden Walker and Daisy Betts have both done a fabulous job as Dance Captains.Thank you also to Toni Knight and Laura Bulless for making this happen. What a fab, nerve wracking and emotional day. Just fantastic!”

After collecting the £2500 prize money and National Trophy, student dancers Keziah Dean and Daisy Grannon were both overwhelmed. “We’re are all extremely proud of everyone involved, we’ve all worked really hard”, commented Daisy. Keziah added, “We must be favourites to win the Wyke College Team of the Year at Wyke Sports Presentation, bring it on!”.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, Music, Performing Arts

This March, Wyke Sixth Form College brings you our cross college production of PT Barnum: The Greatest Showman.

The production follows the story inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum. The Greatest Showman is an awe-inspiring musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on what will be a fantastic show.

When can I see it?

Thursday 7th March at 7pm

Friday 8th March at 7pm

Saturday 9th March at 2pm

Where is the production taking place?

Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknell Avenue, Hull, HU5 4NT

 How can I get tickets?

Tickets can be paid for in cash at our College reception or by emailing boxoffice@wyke.ac.uk

Tickets are priced at £5 for students and £7 for the public.

We look forward to seeing you there!