Performing Arts

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St. James' produces a range of performing arts activities each year, which continue to entertain and inform audiences of all age groups.  Every child is encouraged to participate and productions include:

  • Daily Assemblies - themed class assemblies in which every child participates to an audience, usually their year group but sometimes the whole school.

  • The Annual Talent Show - this very popular event gives students the opportunity to showcase their many talents in front of friends and family.

  • Easter Assemblies – these are dramatic depictions of the Passion of Our Lord, written by members of staff and performed by members of the school's liturgy group to the whole school community.  

  • Year 7 Welcome Mass & Year 11 Leavers' Mass – these are contemporary liturgical celebrations produced by the students and include drama, instrumental and choral music. The congregations at both Masses include fellow students, family and friends.

  • Peripatetic Music Service – allows students who want to learn to play an instrument or further develop their expertise, to do so.

  • School Choir – Open to students in all year groups, meets weekly to rehearse and performs at major school events such as school Masses and the biannual production.

  • School Orchestra – Open to all students who play a musical instrument. As with the choir the orchestra meets regularly and performs at major school events.

  • The main School Production occurs biannually. Recent productions have included: "Joseph" and "We Will Rock You" . The Production is open to all students who are required to audition for parts; however, opportunities exist for light and sound technicians, make-up artists and the whole plethora of theatre related activities.

  • Professional Theatre – students have the opportunity to visit the theatre to see professional productions. These trips take place, regularly, throughout the year and are particularly important for students taking drama at GCSE. Theatre groups also visit the school and have staged a whole range of plays, from enhancing the learning of Shakespeare for Key Stage 3 English to contemporary themes on relationships education.



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