- Remembrance at Ypres
- Christmas Begins!
- Funds for Demelza
- Tea Party Supports Transition
- Mathletics at Highsted!
- Rachael is National Champion!
- Harvest Dreams for Food Bank
- Highsted Joins Mission CPR
- New Vacancies
- Annabel's Charity Challenge
- Class of 2017
- Nicola Secures Place at Top American University
- Student Achievement Celebrated in Style
- Autumn Term Events Summary
- Highsted Students Inspired to ‘Smash the Glass Ceiling’
- The Christmas Tree Festival
- Soaring to New Heights...
- House Drama 2016
- Final Three for Highsted Girls!
- The Highsted Tea Party
- Class of 2016
- Citizenship Week 2016
- The Sound of Music
- All creatures great and small
- Glowing with enthusiasm
- Over the moon with Space Camp!
- Highsted girls weather demands of challenging engineering project
- Former Highsted student secures place at Harvard
- Imogen Selected for International Team
- Team chemistry wins festival prize
- Charlotte dances to success
- Seacole Rise to Franklin's Challenge
- Admissions Update: April 2016
- Highsted’s big-league success
- Meddling with the magic of science
- The Origin of Success
- STEM challenges for budding scientists
- PE Clubs update: January 2016
- Trainee barrister inspires students to aim high
- It IS Rocket Science!
- Harvest Festival 2015
- Arts & Culture evening report
- Inspirational Women in Music
- Lights for Love 2015
- Arts & Culture evenings return
- U13 Football victory
- Highsted girls make a splash!
- Nicola plans to stay the course
- Imogen is on a roll
- Class of 2015
- Food for thought
- Student Enrichment Reports
- Nicola Apps - another High Flyer!
- ‘Hairspray’ set to hold audience entranced
- Highsted engineers flying high!
- Ellie wins second world medal for Irish dancing
- Elena pulls the strings at Highsted
- Katie’s success in BBC writing competition
- Nancy’s Charity Showcase
- Arts and Culture talks: Secrets beneath the ground...
- Dare to be Different? Sixth Form Open Evening 2014
- Neve re-lives a first: Open Day 2014
- Highsted's High Five!
- Kezia's Prescription for Success
- Homework Club 2014-15
- Class of 2014
- Activities Week 2014
- School Production 2014
- High Seas a Rip-Roaring Success!
The Sound of Music
The hills were alive with the sound of music from 29 June to 1 July when over 150 students took to the stage to perform the 1950s classic with gusto! Each show had a superb separate main cast who were supported by over 50 enthusiastic extras on all of the evenings. All of the classic songs were performed with confidence and excitement as the performance also showcased an impressive thirty-piece orchestra led brilliantly by Miss Arden.
The iconic lead role of Maria was wonderfully handled with maturity and grace by our three leading ladies: Aiden S, Maisy C (Year 12) and Olivia P (Year 10). Olivia described being involved in the production as, “A hugely enjoyable and valuable experience. It was a great opportunity to communicate with people from all years who have the same interests and passions. I made a lot of friends with older students as well as helping the younger students throughout the musical. Playing the lead role was challenging at times, but a lot of fun and I am very grateful for the chance to play such a wonderful character. It is also good to compare with the other shows that I have been involved in at Highsted as it shows that the school can put on a wide range of performances that are very inclusive and everyone can be a part of.”
As the valiant Captain Von Trapp, Brandon W from Borden performed terrifically throughout the three evenings and added to the stern, but sincere passion the character has for his family and his country. Each evening our two leads were supported by a different cast of charming Von Trapp children, who each brought a different energy to the stage, delighting with energetic renditions of Do-re-mi and Lonely Goatherd. They were led by the eldest daughter Liesl, played by Tierney S, Eleanor S and Aaliyah B, whose rendition of Sixteen Going On Seventeen with Rolf, played by John B (Borden), really captured the charming spirit of the original material. All of the singing was wonderfully crafted and directed by Miss Treanor.
Lily T, Jessica S and Johanna W brought many laughs to the stage as the eccentric and boisterous Uncle Max, whilst Asha G-B and Camilla E provided glamour and style as Elsa. The show wouldn’t have been complete without an abundance of graceful and spirited nuns who were led beautifully by Emily Y and Elizabeth F-S, playing the fair and forgiving Mother Abbess.
Finally, the whole show was performed in front of a sumptuous backdrop of mountains that was created by Miss Rodwell and students from the Art department. A local business Heather and Wood florists in Sittingbourne donated a magnificent array of bouquets for the Von Trapp wedding to add to the beautiful setting.
The Drama and Music departments would like to say a massive thank you and congratulations to every single member of the dedicated cast, orchestra, design team and backstage technical team who gave many, many hours of dedication over several months to create such a brilliant show!
Thank you, also, to everyone who came to support.
Mr Carvell and Mrs Evans (Directors)