Congratulations and well done to all the pupils who entered the Robertshaw Festival of Music, Speech and Drama which was held this year at Beckfoot School in Bingley, during the first weekend of March.
The aim of the festival is to promote the study and enjoyment of the performing arts and to introduce young people to the world of competitive arts. As such it regularly attracts entrants from across the region.
Now in its eighty-third year, the festival has always proved popular with pupils from Bradford Girls’ Grammar who regularly participate in a wide array of classes.
This year was no exception, with pupils from across the school entering.
In the Year 7 Poetry class Ayesha Chowdhury came third overall, with Emaan Nazir and Ayesha Chaudry each awarded a Distinction, in what proved to be a very strong class.
In the Bible Reading section Josie Baker came first and Louise McIntosh a close second – both girls were awarded a Merit.
In the Shakespeare Solo section Saniyah Nawaz narrowly missed out on first place, by just one point, and was awarded second place with a Distinction.
Special mention goes to Imaan Ellahi who was awarded a Merit in the Prepared Reading category and a Distinction in Sight Reading, and Husna Hussain who came away with a Merit in the solo characterisation category.
In the Junior Championship Amina Chowdhury came first with a Distinction and Ayesha Chowdhury came second, also with a Distinction.
‘This year the standard of entries from Bradford Girls’ Grammar was very high’, said Mrs Severn.
‘All the girls performed exceptionally well with every senior school entrant awarded at least a Merit’.
Lady Pupils also performed well in the poetry section of the competition with all Year 3 entrants; Amini Shezadi, Saima Azmi, Amaara Zia and Aminah Ahmed, each receiving a pass grade.
Year 4: Hafsah Hussain, Hiba Khan, Safiya Hussain and Passes each for Sahar Hussain and Tayyaba Mahmood
Year 5: Maariyah Tolker, Aliyah Chowdhury, Alisha Mahmood, Inaaya Hussain, Eleeza Ali, Ammaarah Jamal and Halima Chaudry
Year 6: Sana Bashir, Zahabia Naveed, Ridah Hamdani and Natasha Hutchinson
Meanwhile over the Pennines at the Burnley Speech and Drama Festival, Year 10 pupil Alycia Booth (pictured left) was also enjoying considerable success.
She swept the board with an impressive medal and trophy hall across an array of categories: a first in Verse Speaking, first in Bible Reading, second in Solo Drama and a third in Comedy solo .
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