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It?s All Singing and Dancing at Southmere Primary Academy

26th Mar 2015

It?s All Singing and Dancing at Southmere Primary Academy

Just one of a host of impressive performances to celebrate becoming a NET Academy: Southmere Primary Academy?s Bhangra group, demonstrated great energy and artistry in an impressive medley of three Punjabi songs.

Students of Southmere Primary Academy recently demonstrated their excellent creative flair to celebrate the school?s achievements and its transition to academy status under the sponsorship of Northern Education Trust.

Principal Hayley Marshall and staff welcomed special guests Karen Woodhead, Brand Director of 12 Miles North, Nailia Hussain, Consultant of Touch, Move, Inspire, Create Ltd, and Ian Kershaw, CEO of Northern Education Trust (NET) alongside pupils, staff, parents and guardians to mark the event.

With the help of staff, students of Southmere have excitedly worked alongside local artist to create some wonderful and meaningful art work for the new academy, and have dedicate time after school to polish up on extracurricular skills ready for the big day.

The afternoon event hosted many impressive performances, including an appearance by the new Southmere School Choir led by school governor, Mr. Rich Jones.

Southmere Primary Academy?s Bhangra group, performers of The Centenary Square Opening 2013, demonstrated great energy and artistry in an impressive medley of three Punjabi songs. The audience was also wowed by this year?s Southmere?s Got Talent Winner, Arman Khan, demonstrating fantastic agility, timing and delivery in street dance.

Additionally, students from years 3, 4 and 5 came together to perform a superb routine to popular chart-topper ?Problem? by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea. Developed in an after school Dance Club on Wednesday afternoons, both boys and girls showed off their talents after taking inspiration from peers in school performances and groups in the public domain such as ?Diversity?.

Principal Hayley Marshall spoke to guests in recognition of Southmere?s great enthusiasm toward joining the Northern Education Trust, saying:

?We are delighted to become part of the Northern Education Trust group of academies. Our Good Ofsted inspection in June 2013 reflected our continued drive to improve the school and I, along with the Board of Governors, am delighted to be able to draw support and expertise from the Trust?s exceptional network of contacts in education and business.

?The children have always played a central role in the development of the school, and as an academy this will continue, highlighted in new well-resourced classrooms and learning spaces such as a Wildlife Learning Hub, providing learning in Science, ITC and Forest School Activities.?

CEO of the Northern Education Trust, Ian Kershaw, shares this delight in welcoming Southmere pupils and staff to the Trust:

?It is fabulous to see so many active and enthusiastic students dedicating time and hard work into the launch of the new academy. It is wonderful to see children enjoying school and I am very impressed with today?s performances.

?As a Trust, we look forward to working closely with the school to ensure children continue to get the best out of their learning experience and see the school grow to further success.?

Guest speaker, Karen Woodhead, Brand Director of 12 Miles North, a boutique brand consultancy firm working with children at Southmere on design communication, presentation skills and raising aspiration, has also commented on her joy of working with the school as an academy:

?The Northern Education Trust and Southmere hold a shared set of values that understands success doesn?t happen overnight but if you are brave enough, and determined enough to take small but sure steps, the possibilities and path for success get wider. I am a very proud supporter of Southmere Primary Academy.?

Second guest speaker, Naila Hussain, owner of performance development consultancy, Touch Move Inspire Create has been working closely with headteacher, Hayley Marshall and the leadership team to help them to improve their impact, performance and results. Naila delivered an inspiring presentation which explored the values and vision of the school. She added:

?When I came to the school in 2013 I soon found that we had shared aspirations for the children in our district and how to help them to progress and achieve their dreams and ambitions. Southmere Academy is a happy and harmonious school community and it is a pleasure to be supporting them on their journey to excellence and to getting the best possible outcomes for the children.?