English Department News
Who is the Monster of Monsters?
At the beginning of the academic year, I was approached by the Cheltenham Literature festival to get involved in a county-wide debate on ‘Who is the Monster of all Monsters?’ in literature.
Archway was successful in proceeding to the next round which involved being invited to debate at the festival in October. Several students from Years 7-9 have worked incredibly hard to organise, select and champion a literary monster. We have seen the likes of Pennywise; Dracula; Rumpelstiltskin; Nazgul; Basilisk; The Wendigo; and Cancer all up for the challenge! The teams have done extremely well, addressing assemblies for Years 7, 8 and 9 as well as organising their own evidence to support their argument.
Well done to all of those who participated along with Mrs Locke and Mrs Walton in the library for all of their support!
As voting draws to a close, we are all excited to find out which monster really is worthy of the title ‘Monster of all Monsters’ and look forward to our visit to the festival in October! - Miss T Hurst
Creative Writing Club
It’s been another successful term for our budding writers. Many of our students were published by Young Writers; for many of them it was their fifth or sixth publication! They have continued to explore different styles of writing and have worked together giving feedback to critique their work. - Miss T Hurst
This year, the English department have organised many trips to both theatre, festival and beyond. Students have been able to watch many of their GCSE texts performed such as Blood Brothers. Looking forward, we hope to have our students visit Cheltenham Everyman Theatre to watch a Post-War, Cotswold love story inspired “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare, plus a combined History and English trip to watch “The Unknown Soldier” in October. The English department made our annual trip to see Blood Brothers at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre. As always, an impressive performance leaving more than a few of us a little teary-eyed. This show never disappoints, and it was a pleasure to take such a wonderful group of Y10 and Y11 students to see their GCSE text acted out.
We also took Y12 and 13 students to see a production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Bristol Old Vic. This performance was very stylistic and took some liberties with the staging and interpretation of Williams’ play, but on the whole it was thoroughly enjoyed by the students – particularly those also studying Drama. For some of us, however, a disco soundtrack and glitter-ball, while certainly giving the play a contemporary feel, were felt to be utterly unnecessary. - Miss T Hurst and Miss P Monk