Pupils’ lesson in Zulu culture

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A SOUTH African theatre company drummed up enthusiasm for song and dance at a secondary school activity day.

The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company, which has been touring the UK for around 15 years, presented a vibrant, percussive spectacle of traditional Zulu culture for pupils at Lowton Church of England High School.

The Mighty Zulu Nation theatre company attended Lowton High School to take students through traditional Zulu songand dance routines

The Mighty Zulu Nation theatre company attended Lowton High School to take students through traditional Zulu songand dance routines

The multi-talented company members gave the school’s Year 8 pupils an introduction to South African culture with a festival performance of songs and music, before getting them on their feet and joining in with some traditional dance routines.

Following the performances, the pupils took part in a number of workshops, including trying their hand at making Zulu masks, cooking French food and learning to speak a few basic words and phrases of Russian and Mandarin.

The Zulu Nation theatre company’s visit was just one of a whole raft of unusual learning experiences undertaken by Lowton pupils for their Whole School Activity Day.

The day runs once every half-term and replaces traditional learning methods with experiences designed to broaden pupil’s horizons and get them to apply their skills outside the classroom.

The school’s youngest pupils travelled to Liverpool for a day of fieldwork, which included visiting Liverpool’s cathedrals and museums, while Year 9 made a tour of local further education and sixth form colleges to gain a better understanding of post-GCSE study.

Year 10 pupils sampled remote learning, using home computers to log on to the school’s Virtual Learning Environment to complete their lessons and receive feedback through an e-portfolio, while some of the best PE students went to a revision day run by exam board EdExcel.

Headteacher John Shanahan said: “We want our students to have the broadest possible education and today was yet another chance for them to enjoy some hands-on experience through practical work and challenges.

“Our activity days continue to be varied, challenging, extremely beneficial and above all great fun.”