A PENARTH school officially opened its amphitheater, with students putting on a special show.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Penarth held an opening ceremony for its new amphitheater on Wednesday October 20 with parents and community members joined by special guests including Archbishop George Stack, Vaughan Gething MS and the City Mayor Cllr Ian Buckley.
The amphitheater – located within the school grounds – can be used for students to explore and to participate in expressive arts workshops and performances. It is also a place to study, read, create and reflect.
The space also allows staff to develop the new Wales program, facilitating activities that develop important characteristics; it will also help children with the humanities curriculum including learning about Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.
Director Laura Taylor said: âOur vision when designing and building the amphitheater was to create additional outdoor space, which would enhance the knowledge-rich program we are developing.
âThe end result is a wonderful addition to our school, providing a space for students to perform, worship, learn and play in our beautiful and peaceful school grounds.
“Outdoor learning is also an essential part of our program and the amphitheater offers outdoor seating that is an integral part of it.”
As a pioneering and innovative school for the Welsh Government, developing the ‘four goals’ of the new curriculum and stimulating innovation in learning is at the heart of the school, which also has:
- An orchard used for forestry school
- A tunnel for children to grow fruits and vegetables
- An astronomical observatory to learn about space and physics
Ms Taylor continued, âHaving the opportunity to perform regularly in the amphitheater will provide students with many life skills including empathy, listening skills, teamwork, problem solving and confidence. .
âThey will also feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment when they perform in front of others. These skills will help our students to thrive and flourish in mind, body and spirit.
The project lasted 18 months and was undertaken by Gareth Thurlow of Patio Plus Ltd, with the support of parents through donations and the governing body.
This was also made possible by the former Friends and Family Team (co-chaired by Jessica Thomas and Alex Thomas) and the current Friends and Family Team (chaired by Sarah Buinimasi) who collected 7 Â£ 000 and liaised with the company.