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Published 27 February 2024
Before half term, the music department welcomed guest speaker, Alex Aitken. Alex most recently spent three years as Children’s Musical Director and Cover Conductor on the London Production of Mary Poppins. In addition to his work with schools, Alex is also a Music Director with the National Youth Music Theatre, the Assistant Musical Director at MK Chorale, a coach with The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School and accompanist to The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, Oxford Pro Musica, and The Military Wives Choir. St Bart’s were therefore delighted that Alex was able to give our students a whole day of his busy schedule.
St Bart’s students are once again featured in an online exhibition of their work on the Open Studios website. Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire runs in association with the Newbury Spring Festival, encouraging and promoting accessibility to art and artists.
The English Faculty are incredibly proud of the range of opportunities we are able to provide for students, both in lessons and beyond the classroom. So far this year, we have particularly focused on integrating technology into lessons – Chromebooks in Years 7-9 and students’ own devices in Year 12. We have been impressed by students’ enthusiasm for these and their determination to ensure they are being used to enhance their learning.
In recent issues of BartholoNews we have spoken of our partnership with the Centre of Holocaust Education at UCL as a Beacon School and about how the school marked Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) with a series of assemblies designed to enhance teaching and learning about the Holocaust.
Thrishathi (10D1) has been awarded Junior Citizen of the Year by West Berkshire Council in a ceremony earlier this month at Shaw House.
Thrishathi starting teaching children during the pandemic. She began by helping family friends but this quickly widened to include more children.