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7th July 2015

Wednesday 24th June was a day of inspirational performances, imaginative art work and a celebration of our community, as an Aquinas Day retreat and the Big Green Community Arts Picnic developed throughout the day and into the evening. 

The day began with local primary school children visiting the St Brendan’s campus for a day of workshops and fun. The children enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities, from African drumming lessons and recycled percussion sessions, to wool bombing around our oak tree and creating mural art using chalk at the amphitheatre. The event created a fantastic atmosphere around the whole college, in a celebration of the community, the environment and the St Brendan’s ethos. With all children enjoying the sunshine, the singing and celebrations could be heard all over the grounds throughout the day.

As the school children left, St Brendan’s then opened its gates to the wider community. Welcoming school children, teachers, students and adults to the grounds for a free evening of green art fun, the event was a wonderful success enjoyed by all.

In a packed programme of events, staff and students worked tirelessly to host an evening that truly showcased the vast amount of talent that resides at St Brendan’s. Dance students performed breath-taking solo site-specific performances which incorporated fountains, railings, steps and seats. The audience gathered around the amphitheatre as they were treated to musical extracts from Blood Brothers and live music from our talented bands, as well as a selection of drama performances. The dancing continued inside too, in a packed two hours of non-stop dance routines which incorporated all styles from urban to Indian dance.

As well as a selection of performances, younger children were entertained with bouncy castles, environmental tours to visit campus bugs and even an enchanted forest complete with story book characters. For the adults, there was willow weaving, free bike services and a chance to talk with local councillors – with many parents enjoying the face painting, forest and ice cream too!

Thank you to all who took part in the event and to lead organisers Leanne Copley and John Lux, it was a fantastic success and created a wonderful atmosphere throughout the whole day. A big well done to all of our talented students who kept the energy up all day with some incredible performances to be proud of!