Celebrating our fantastic Globe musicians

Thursday 29 January 2015

Ark Globe Academy has specialist status in mathematics and the performing arts with an emphasis on music. We want our students to have every opportunity to get the most out of these programmes and our ambition is for every pupil to fully participate in our music and arts programmes.

We have a busy enrichment programme beyond our core curriculum. Here is the latest news from our music department.


‘All about the Band'

Talented students from years 7 – 11 recently auditioned for places on the 'All about the Band' programme. The programme, organised and led by the Southwark Music service and the London Centre of Contemporary Music, is a nine week project where students from Southwark schools will meet and play in different bands each week. It will culminate in a final intensive weekend of rehearsal in March and a live public gig for friends and family at the Culture Space in Canada Water Library. 16 of our students have been chosen to take part in the project and we are looking forward to seeing their performance.

Students perform at the Southbank Centre

Our year 9 students have been working with professional musicians on their song writing skills in a number of workshops this half term.  This has lead to a small group of the students performing their song at the world renowned Southbank Centre to members of the public and Primary Schools across Southwark. Their song was fantastic with everyone joining in with the chorus and enjoying the inspirational lyrics and instrumental. We are very proud of these students and all the others who learnt from this experience.

‘Sing into Spring’

On 6 February students from Ark Globe will be joining students from across the Ark network to ‘Sing into Spring’ at the annual Ark celebration. The day of singing involves choirs from across the Ark network of schools. This year our 15 SPARK and IGNITE members will be attending as well as our 40 strong primary choir. We look forward to a fun filled day of singing and learning.

Using musical talents to raise money for charity

Students from year 10 and 11 BTEC Music have been raising money for different charities. From selling recordings of their own compositions, organising an appeal concert and hosting a year 7 talent show, they have raised money for Oxfam, Youth Music UK and the Ebola crisis.


Primary Music News

Primary music scholarship

This term we have seen the first of our Primary music scholarship students coming to Ark Globe for their instrumental lessons.  We have 20 primary students in year 5 from six local primary schools taking part in the scheme and are looking forward to having them perform with one of our school ensembles by the end of the year!

Primary Music Camp

Preparations are also being made for our very first primary music camp which will be taking place 6 - 8 March.  We expect a large number of year 5 students from our local primaries to visit us for three days to experience a musical extravaganza of performing, composing, meeting lots of new friends and having fun. The three day camp will culminate with a final celebration performance for friends and family to be held in the Pentagon.

We are also preparing for our ‘Spring into life’ concert which will be taking place in March. More news to follow!