Elmhurst Gala launches the Future of the School
At its annual Gala Performance held on Tuesday 8 July, the school announced plans for a year of celebration to mark 10 years on the purpose-built site in Britainís second city.
Speaking at the beginning of the evening, Jessica Ward, Principal of the school, acknowledged the long and proud history of Elmhurst and spoke of the need to be forward thinking as the school prepares to meet the challenges of the future. In September, the school will open its new accommodation block, which has been developed in association with Birminghamís Calthorpe Estates. This addition to the school, located just minutes away, will house students from Years 6:1 and 6:2. Miss
Ward also spoke of the holistic approach to education and pastoral care, and announced ambitious plans to extend the current medical and fitness centre to create a state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre that will be the envy of all vocational schools and of many dance companies across the world.
Robert Parker, Artistic Director, added notes about the repertoire for the evening in which he paid tribute to the many individuals who had made the event possible. Mr Parker said it was wholly appropriate that the evening should have a celebratory theme and began the performance with an excerpt of Ashtonís challenging Birthday Offering
Immediately following this, Maina Gielgud, Vice President of the school, former dancer and Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, gave more detail of what can be expected over coming months. A series of events, starting with an Old Elms (Elmhurst Alumni) event at Sadlerís Wells in October at which guests will meet current staff and students and have a unique insight into the creation of a full-length ballet from Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley. Those attending will then
have the opportunity to watch Bintleyís Beauty and the Beast
The official opening of the new accommodation block and the launch of a £1,000.000 Capital Development appeal will also take place in the early part of the new academic year. Plans are being finalised for an event to engage the business and philanthropic community to play an essential part in securing the success of the campaign.
Over the series of Summer Shows, guests have had the opportunity to participate in a survey to help determine the structure of shows for 2015. The school plans to work with one of the larger theatres in Birmingham to present a full-length classical ballet, giving all involved a new set of challenges and the students much needed performance opportunities in a large-scale setting.
The school hopes to welcome residents of the local community into the school, to understand what is happening in their local community.
Ms Gielgud also paid tribute to the aspirations of the school and asked all involved to look at how they could help to achieve these over the year of celebration.
In the coming months, a dedicated web page on the Elmhurst School site will be developed to give up to date information on the year of events for direct information contact Keith Longmore, 10th Anniversary Project Manager on 07774 775340 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org