Schools join together to tread the boards 

Cast members of Take My Hand
Cast members of Take My Hand

Children from Sharples High School and seven neighbouring primary schools have delivered a show to remember.

On November 19, proud parents and guardians saw pupils perform a mixture of music, drama and dance to explore the issue of community cohesion in a production called Take Hold of My Hand.

More than 150 people packed Sharples High School’s theatre to see pupils from the secondary school and The Oaks, High Lawn, Johnson Fold, Sharples, St. Peter's Smithills Dean, Holy Infant and St Anthony Roman Catholic and St Paul's Church of England primary schools tread the boards.

The young people, all members of a group of gifted and talented pupils called Shining Stars, had also produced all the artwork that formed a backdrop to the performance, working in conjunction with Bolton Council’s Artists in Schools team.

A mixture of group work and solo performances, including five songs written specifically for the project, were rehearsed under the guidance of the Bolton Music Service, using their centre at Ladybridge High School.

Year six pupil Phoebe Reehill, from Holy Infant and St Anthony Roman Catholic primary school, said: "I loved meeting new people and getting along with them. I hope I see some of them at high school. I thought performing in front of so many people was so exciting”.
Georgia Dacey, currently in year five at Holy Infant and St Anthony Roman Catholic primary school, added: "The best part was working with different schools and musicians, while making new friends from other schools was great."

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “The performance was a great team effort by all the pupils involved, staff at the schools and members of the Bolton Music Service and the Artists in Schools team, and all the hard work produced fantastic results.

“All the children involved got the chance to learn new skills in a fun and enjoyable environment, and hopefully make friends with lots of other young people who they may well see again at secondary school.”

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