ARK William Parker Academy has been welcoming prospective students and parents to see their academy in action at Open Mornings over this past week.
The academy also held an Open Evening which was a great success. After a welcome address by the principal, Mark Phillips, visitors were taken on tours by academy students. They were invited to take part in a range of exciting activities, which included making badges in DT, ‘Guess the famous person.’ in History, Lego robots in IT and badminton in PE. A fitness challenge took place in the weights room and the drama department offered the opportunity to dress up and take part in a mini play.
Children were drawn to the bangs and explosions emanating from the Science department where lots of experiments were taking place. The children were a little apprehensive, at first, when they saw a teacher with hands on fire; however, within seconds, they too were eagerly queuing up to set light to the methane bubbles in his hands – in a safe, controlled environment of course!
Chilling screams were heard from the English department, as scenes from Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde were acted out. Visitors had to look for clues around the ‘dead body’; gather evidence; watch other scenes from Mice and Men, and Romeo and Juliet; then finally guess ‘whodunnit’. Luke Monks appeared to enjoy the acting even though he said ‘it was a bit intense’.
Children took part in the music extravaganza, eagerly playing all manner of noisy instruments and having fun thrashing the drum kit.
Harrison Brown, who tried screen printing in art, said “I love art and I’ve never done this before; it’s a new technique; the best one ever!”
There was plenty of food on offer, from fine continental cuisine in the language department, to smoothie-making in food technology.
The events were held so prospective students and parents could catch a glimpse of life at ARK William Parker Academy to help them when making the important decision as to their future education. If you missed these events and would like to visit the academy, please telephone 01424 439888 to arrange a tour.