On Thursday 16th March 2017, we were very excited to host a writing workshop for some of our Year 10 girls with the author Laura Jane Williams.
Laura uses a number of platforms to publish her writing: she is the author of Amazon bestseller ‘BECOMING’ (Hodder & Stoughton) and wrote a weekly column in Grazia magazine. In addition, she is Marie Claire magazine’s’ #BREAKFREE From Fear’ ambassador, and has published everywhere from The Guardian to RED to Buzzfeed, The Metro, Stylist and The Telegraph as well as online via Instagram and her blog. Her second book, ‘ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST’ is out in April 2017. She often gives talks and sits on panels about being a woman and being a writer and teaches creative writing, too.
Testimonials from two of our Year 10 girls who attended her workshop:
“Meeting Laura Jane Williams was such an incredible opportunity! All through our school lives, we learn how to write to please an examiner. With Laura, we were taught ways to write a piece that people will WANT to read and be inspired by! She has motivated me to write more passionately with confidence. I am so thankful for the possibility of meeting someone so encouraging and influential. Laura was so friendly and made everyone in the room feel like they can relate to her and not be uncomfortable saying anything.
When I write next, I will use the advice and skills I have been given to really enhance my piece and be proud of it.” LAYLA
“The writer Laura Jane Williams visited to do a writers’ workshop. She taught us valuable skills like how to adapt your writing to specific audiences, or even social media to engage with people and tell your real life stories in an interesting way! She assured us that there’s a writer in everyone and we don’t need to be a stereotypical writer in an American coffee shop to access it”. LUCY
We are going to be holding a talent Showcase Night for students at the end of term. We want as many students to be included as possible. If you have a talent that you want to show then come and take part in the auditions which will take place in M7 on Monday 6th March from 3.00pm for Year 5/6 and Tuesday 7th March from 3.15pm for Years 7-11. The end time of these auditions will be dependent on the numbers auditioning, but shouldn’t be later than 4.00pm. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a solo or group act.
If you are interested in coming along please sign the sheet on the Drama Room door (after gaining written permission from your parent/carer – a note in your planner will be fine).
The Showcase Night will be held as a competition, with the winning act being selected by a panel of judges.
Come along and have a go!
If you have any questions please feel free to speak with us.
Ben, Emilia, Oliver and Amy
Head Boy/Girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl
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What better topic for Priory pupils to produce a whole array of art work on – and where better to start than the mystery of the Christmas story?
Admittedly it is hard to think what mystery can be created in entries for a Christmas Card competition, a Christmas calendar competition, and a “rip open the huge present” competition, but I am proud to say that the detail and hard work that has been created across the school is truly admirable, and you have to start somewhere! In fact, it is a mystery how some of the artwork was produced in such a short amount of time.
Here are some of the entries for each competition and the names of the winners. The Christmas Card competition winners won five copies of their cards and Lucy Kalabza also won a voucher for her glittery beautiful postbox; the Advent Calendar winner (Erin O’Sullivan for her absolutely gorgeous reindeer) received an art pack including pencils, felt tips, sketchbook and more, and the winners of the “rip open the huge present” (Gracie for her wonderful wrapping present dress, Kai Jones, Jennifer Radford, Amiee Williams, Amy Swan and Bianka Misikova for their fun hand print reindeer) eventually found some Haribo (but not in the present!).
Year Sevens also made a beautiful pom pom wreath in textiles which we took to the Luton & Dunstable hospital to cheer up the children’s ward over Christmas. This was inspired by the story of eleven year old Campbell Remess, a boy who makes teddies for sick people.
Next term the art department will have more competitions, trips and events occurring as well as art club at lunchtime. I could list the events here but if I did they would not be a mystery any more, would they? After all, “it is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.” isn’t it?
Quote by Antoine Rivarol.
The winners of the form effort grade competition will have a non school uniform day on Tuesday, 13th December.
The winners are: