Principal's Blog - October 2017

11th October 2017
Principal's Blog - October 2017

It’s been great to be back this half term and we’ve wasted no time in getting back to business. In their first week, our new Year 10s were treated to a week of intensive workshops and masterclasses with industry professionals which culminated in a showcase of their work at The Old Rep. Congratulations to all the students who took part, you did a great job of your very first BOA performance!

Hot on its heels came the Live Lounge, a showcase curated by Creative Media Production students. The last three slots in the line-up were chosen by a public vote on BOA TV’s Facebook page as students, parents and friends voted for their favourite video. This fantastic evening of live music and interviews was streamed live by B2 Radio and BOA TV.

Technical Theatre Arts students from Year 12 have been on a work placement with our sponsor PRG, the world’s largest technical equipment solutions company. The students had the chance to work on an exciting project in preparation for an event in Abu Dhabi for the Al Nahyan Royal Family.

Year 12 Art & Design Students have been working on a collaborative installation project with the prestigious RIBA (Royal institute of British Architecture) and BCU Lecturer Tom Teby. The I in The City exhibition features highly complex sculptural models based on notable Birmingham landmarks. These incredible creations will be on display during our Open Evenings Tuesday 17 & Thursday 19 October on the 5th Floor so do make the journey up to see them.

                                                   Year 12 Art and Tom Teby

In September, Year 11 GCSE Drama Students took part in a workshop with acting practitioners in preparation for their Curtain Raiser performance before Scribbled Thought & Out of Inc’s LOADED at The Old Rep on Thursday 5 October. LOADED is a dance-theatre piece created in collaboration with the British Science Association exploring the ideas of weight and gravity. Students experimented with physical representations of these themes through dance and physical theatre.

This term, Year 13 Music students are set to take on a tough project as they plan, perform and promote their own gig. To help with the promotion, our marketing team offered advice on how to successfully plan and implement a marketing campaign. Their gigs take place in November so don’t be surprised if you see them out busking over the next couple of months!

Here at BOA, our focus isn’t just on exams and academic achievement; we also strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment for all students. To this end, we’re proud to be launching a new peer mentor scheme, BOA Linked, this year. The scheme will offer students from all years and pathways the chance to get support and guidance from their fellow students. Our new cohort of Mentors were chosen after a rigorous application process and have received professional training from our Pastoral and Safeguarding teams. Students who wish to become mentees should speak to their Form Tutor or Head of House for more information.


                                                              Peer Mentors

In September, we held our second Alumni Morning which was a huge success! 5 of our alumni from across the different pathways were invited back to BOA to offer advice and guidance to current Year 13 students about progression routes and what to expect after leaving BOA. Questions covered a range of topics including university, gap years, apprenticeships, audition and employment, and our alumni offered a valuable insight into their own experiences. We’d like to say a massive thank you to our alumni as this event would not have been possible without them. We wish them every success for the future.


Acclaimed physical theatre company Frantic Assembly visited BOA over the last few weeks to hold Taster session and Trials for their 2017 Ignition company. In partnership with The Old Rep, Ignition is a free national training programme for young men aged 16-20. Following trials all over the country, just 12 will be selected and will come together in London for 5 days to create a brand new performance. Good luck to everyone who took part and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for news…

Birmingham Weekender was back with a bang in September and the Culture Catwalk, co-produced by The Old Rep, was a great opportunity for local artists to display their talents. BOA students were out in force as dance group Industria took to the stage and Year 13 Art & Design student Joel McFarlane launched his first collection of unisex fashion.

                                    Industria at The Birmingham Weekender

This Christmas we’re presenting our third professional family production, Alice in Wonderland, at The Old Rep. A cast of 6 professional actors will be supported by an ensemble of BOA students on their magical adventure down the rabbit hole. Auditions were open to Year 12 and 13, and after much deliberation, we were delighted to offer 25 students ensemble roles. Two students from our Technical Theatre Arts pathway have also been offered the opportunity to work as Assistant Stage Managers for the production. Congratulations to all, we look forward to seeing the show.

And that’s not the only performance coming up this term as students are working hard on their productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Pop! Music Showcase, Springboard Choreographic Platform and Dr Faustus. Technical Theatre Arts students will lead on set design, lighting and sound whilst Music, Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre students are polishing their performances. Tickets are on sale now for all of these shows and many more, so pick up a brochure and see what’s in store… We look forward to seeing you at BOA soon!




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