Youngsters get immersed in new skills

Scalby School held a performing arts day for it's students with local specialists from the arts calling into school to give lessons. Past students James Baxter, left, and Nathan Jenkins were on hand to lead the group in singing and guitar. 121064d. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'09/03/2012
Scalby School held a performing arts day for it's students with local specialists from the arts calling into school to give lessons. Past students James Baxter, left, and Nathan Jenkins were on hand to lead the group in singing and guitar. 121064d. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'09/03/2012

PUPILS from a Scarborough school went out of their comfort zone during a special day to boost their performing skills.

The Year Eight students from Scalby School enjoyed a visit from local arts stars to learn about singing, dancing and putting on a real show in an ‘Immersion Day’.

Scalby School held a performing arts day for it's students with local specialists from the arts calling into school to give lessons. 121064. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'09/03/2012

Scalby School held a performing arts day for it's students with local specialists from the arts calling into school to give lessons. 121064. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'09/03/2012

They were treated to performances from magician Stephen Brailsford, the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Outreach team and the Hatton School of Performing Arts.

They also received a visit and workshop from returning pupils James Baxter and Nathan Jenkins, who led a singing session.

The day saw students from right across the school postpone lessons to try something new.

Year Seven youngsters took a trip to learn about Sikhism, Year Nine pupils were taught the Aftermath course about risks in life and how to prevent them, Year 10 learners went to the University of Hull and Year 11 students dropped into the Spa for a motivational speaker day.

Scalby School held a performing arts day for it's students with local specialists from the arts calling into school to give lessons. Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach worker Gary Leck, right, was on hand to teach the art of sword fighting to left, Ben Hoggarth, Becky Mallen and Jakey Newton.121064a. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'09/03/2012

Scalby School held a performing arts day for it's students with local specialists from the arts calling into school to give lessons. Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach worker Gary Leck, right, was on hand to teach the art of sword fighting to left, Ben Hoggarth, Becky Mallen and Jakey Newton.121064a. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'09/03/2012

Teacher Chris Taylor said it had been a thoroughly worthwhile exercise.

He added: “All of the pupils absolutely loved it.

“We had a lot of them who had never done any singing or dancing before and to see them have a go was great.

“They really enjoyed themselves and had a great time.

“We used to have the immersion days in school but want to make them much bigger and that was reflected in these events.”