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African rhythms at Haydock High
11:00am Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
HAYDOCK High School students enjoyed a trip to Africa without needing to set foot beyond the school gates.
Africa and Haydock were in harmony when the renowned River Niger Arts company visited the school.
Year nine youngsters got a real flavour for African life in the form of celebrations and storytelling, drama and dance, festivals and food – and, of course, fabulous music.
It was all part of the school’s Africa Day, an opportunity for students to explore the continent’s links with Europe and America in an exciting and informative way.
As well as combining African friendship symbols and British Sign Language (BSL) to create their own designs, students worked with representatives from Christian Aid to understand more about poverty across the continent.
Haydock High School head teacher, Andy Pollard, said: “It’s important for our students to further their knowledge and understanding of different cultures, and to develop their creative skills and explore new ideas. These are essential skills.
“Haydock High is an exciting place to learn, and I’d like to thank River Niger Arts, Christian Aid and our staff at the school for an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.”
Africa Day closed with a traditional festival from the ancient west African kingdom of Ondo – an event opened by the school’s own ‘Royal Party’, with students performing the raps, dances and drum beats they had learned and displaying their art work.