200 audience members and 150 Year 7-13 performers representing world cultures blew away the bleakness of a Friday night in February with a colourful, flamboyant and energetic fusion of words, music and dance in the schoolâ€™s Holst Hall and theatre. JAGS is proud to be a dynamic, mixed community. This yearâ€™s theme â€˜Libertasâ€™ celebrated the freedom that we all have to express ourselves. What a multicultural programme! Think global â€“ the girls gave us everything from Flamenco to French songs, â€˜Snow Whiteâ€™ in Italian, even â€˜The Cherry Orchardâ€™ choppedâ€“up in Russian. The Gospel Choir led us through to the Holst Hall for tasters of home-made food from around the world, and henna hand-painting; then there was classical Indian dance, Beyonce and Bollywood, a fable, traditional African singing and dancing, the Charleston, a Japanese dance and a phenomenal JAGS first â€“ the award-winning cheerleaders! No one was left out â€“ finally the audience had the chance to join in the salsa experience.
In this Olympic year, itâ€™s good to celebrate â€˜the marriage of sport and artâ€™, and to raise Â£2200 for two charities: St. Christopherâ€™s Hospice and Samvedana. Our local hospice provides free care and support for the dying and those close to them. One of the Year 12 organisers works in India with our second chosen charity in the holidays. Samvedana, meaning compassion in Hindi, is a charity based in Gujarat which provides underprivileged children living in the slums with educational opportunities including higher education. Our proceeds will help pay for the tuition of these children and take care of their nutrition. Many thanks to local businesses and parents who provided food and raffle prizes. Congratulations to everyone involved, and particularly to the 15 Year 12 organisers. A happy day!
Community Coordinator:Â Vikki Askew