Performance – Still Life at the Penguin Cafe

The Penguin Cafe performance that took place on Wednesday 28th January was inspired by the following quote –

“The Great Auk Penguin, a native of the Atlantic, was the original penguin. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, numbers of Great Auks were already diminishing rapidly as a result of reckless persecution by man.

Continued hunting and natural disasters were to finally wipe them out completely…”

Using this inspiration, Year 9 dancers were given a brief to produce and choreograph a show for a public audience which involved Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 pupils. The group of learners had been working on this project since October both in lessons and after school. They have shown amazing talents in leadership, determination and independent learning. They have choreographed, directed, led rehearsals, taught lessons and created the majority of what was performed.  Head of Performance, Mrs Powell, said she was very proud of the learners and added –

“I have extremely high standards and expectations and they always strive to achieve them.  For the last month, the Year 9 learners have taught set dances to Year 3 and 4 pupils from Barugh Green Primary school on Thursday mornings and the collaborative performance came together in a final rehearsal on Wednesday ready for the evening performance.  The children have choreographed and rehearsed different material at different times and at different destinations but during the final rehearsal on Wednesday, they integrated their dances to produce a truly amazing performance. 

The performance enabled all pupils to celebrate their success and the talent, enthusiasm and dedication was truly amazing”. 

See below a selection of photographs taken during the performance.

The Community Working Together

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The community worked together today throughout the local area helping each other in the snow.

Here at Darton College we were very grateful for the assistance given to the learners who were on the 488 Stagecoach bus which had become stuck in the snow on Sackup Lane in Darton.

Stagecoach arranged for available staff members to make their way to the vehicle and remained with the learners until the bus was able to make its way to the College.  We are extremely grateful for their assistance with keeping learners safe and in keeping the college informed of the situation which we were able to pass on to parents and carers.

A local resident on Sackup Lane was very hospitable by helping learners stay warm by making cups of hot chocolate and keeping the learners calm.

A staff member from Darton College also stranded at home near the scene of the bus made her way to the vehicle and remained with the learners providing reassurance and Jammie Dodgers, whilst her husband helped Stagecoach staff dig the snow away from the tyres.

It is at times like these when it feels good to know that the community can pull together and help each other in times of need.  I can imagine that there were many acts of kindness taking place across the borough today.

Shop2Drop Discount Fashion Event at Darton College

Your one stop shop to the perfect outfit

Enjoy a fun filled evening with friends and grab a bargain. Back by popular demand, Darton College are hosting a Shop2Drop fashion show, with up to 75% off ex high street brands such as; Oasis, Miss Selfridge, River Island, Wallis, New Look, Marks & Spencer, Next and many more.

The event will take place on Wednesday the 11th March in the main Atrium at Darton College.

Doors open at 6pm with the fashion show beginning at 7pm. There will also be craft and trade stalls, raffle prizes, refreshments and a licensed bar available.

Tickets are £3.00 each and include a goody bag (while stocks last) and are available to purchase from college reception.

The event is suitable for ages 15 Years+

Under 16’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Shop2Drop can accept cash, Visa debit, credit cards or cheque on the evening.