G15 Celebration of Success 2018

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The hundreds of people who headed for Gloucester Cathedral on Friday 22ndJune were in for a treat as the G15 Partnership put on an evening of entertainment to be remembered!

All of the 12 state funded secondary schools in Gloucester City, had come together with The Milestone School, the Gloucester and the Forest Alternative Provision School and Gloucestershire College, as they do every year, to showcase their artistic talents and to give an account of their work, through the G15 Celebration of Success.

The event opened with an address by Mr Matthew Morgan, Headmaster of Sir Thomas Rich’s School and Chair of the G15 Partnership, in which Mr Morgan recounted  a very successful year for G15. He spoke of the strength that flows from Gloucester’s secondary educational establishments working together. He told of the priority which has  been given to supporting the mental health of students, through Gloucestershire’s Clinical Commissioning Group funding a part time, primary mental health worker in each of the 15 establishments. He went on to say that G15 had a fine legacy laid down by those who have chaired the Partnership before him  and dedicated this year’s event to Mrs Amanda Chong, who had been instrumental in establishing the annual G15 Celebration of Success in her time as G15 Chair. Mrs Chong retired from Ribston Hall High School earlier this year.

Mr Morgan finished by applauding the work of the G15 Student Group. Two students from each of the G15 institutions meet once a term and decide on the priorities which they want to take forward in their two years of office. This unique group of students has been called into all sorts of activities where the voice of young people needs to be heard and it is currently playing a very active part in visioning Gloucestershire 2050 by feeding their ideas to Leadership Gloucestershire who are spearheading this campaign. Mr Morgan concluded by welcoming the three members of the G15 Student Group who would be acting as compèresto tonight’s event:  Alex Owusu (Sir Thomas Rich’s School and Chair of the G15 Student Group), Molly Heard (Beaufort Co-operative Academy) and Hannah Pandor (Ribston Hall High School).

As tradition now dictates, the event opened with The Milestone Taiko Drummers’ amazing performance which threatened to raise the roof of Gloucester Cathedral! These amazingly talented students provided a perfect and working illustration of the inclusive nature of the G15 Partnership.

Voices provided by Chosen Hill Sixth Form Choir, others by Gloucestershire College’s musical theatre students and a little bit of Cockney ‘knees up’, by High School for Girls took the show forward.

St Peter’s’ ‘Frontline’ acapella group reminded us of the imminent commemoration of the Armistice, with two World War One classics whilst Churchdown School Academy Choir used the tiered staging to the full with a rendition of an Ed Sheeran classic.

Beaufort Co-operative Choir was in fine voice with a ‘mash up’ of Andra Day and Bruno Mars and then Mr Morgan made another appearance; this time as conductor of Sir Thomas Rich’s Brass Band.

Kieran Francis, a very talented pianist in Year 9 at Henley Bank High School, gave a very polished performance of J.B.Vanhal followed swiftly by another brass band. This one from The Crypt School; expertly conducted by student Daniel Crowe.

A change of pace and mood was created by Daisy Kane in Year 7 at Ribston Hall who played the piano magnificently and sang a song which she had written herself called ‘Instruction’ whilst fellow students gave a colourful and moving interpretation in dance.

Barnwood Park Arts College Glee Club with soloist, Evie-Rose Howie, gave a beautiful account of ‘From Now on’ from The Greatest Showman followed by the rich tones of Severn Vale student Oscar Grimmett singing ‘Better than I’ from ‘Joseph’.  Fellow student, Nathan Ramage, then took to the drumkit and gave an animated and powerful performance of ‘Chop Suey’ which rocked the very stones of this historic landmark building!

What followed was a very tender and harmonious account of ‘Who am I?’ from the musical Annie from Lisa, Laura, Will and Charlotte from Gloucester Academy and then, hot on their heels, were the amazing vocals of Shanae Grant from Gloucester and the Forest Alternative Provision School singing ‘Hallelujah’.

Back to ‘The Greatest Showman’ for the penultimate performance given by Beaufort Co-operative Academy’s Staff Choir singing ‘This is Me’ to rapturous applause from the audience.

Then to the finale.

Ben O’Sullivan, of The Songwriting Charity, had worked with Beaufort Co-operative Academy students to write a song ‘Never Say Never’, which was to become the finale for the G15 Celebration of Success 2018. Ben then taught that song to each of the other 14 institutions and so, gave rise to the G15 Choir of in excess of 200 student voices, accompanied on the piano by Ashleigh Turley, aged 15, from The Milestone School who has been totally blind since birth.

The image of 15 institutions all gathered together on the tiered terrace in Gloucester Cathedral was absolutely breathtaking. A true partnership in action!

We look forward to G15 Celebration of Success 2019….

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