10th August 2020
Over the summer holidays, students from Rockwood joined those from Arena Academy, Central Academy, City Academy and Jewellery Quarter Academy for a collaborative arts week, organised by Echo Eternal.
The students got to know their peers from other schools, often students from very different backgrounds and parts of Birmingham to their own. They completed a range of engaging teamwork activities, including ones based on the idea of ‘overcoming barriers’. By the end of the week, the students were not only a brilliant team but also friends!
One of the highlights for the students was that they got to work alongside adult professionals. They worked with professional artists from the Highly Sprung Performance Company, River Rea Films and a visual artist. Students delighted in the opportunity to work on a project where the standards and expectations were those of a professional production.
The week had a serious purpose, as the students were looking at the survivor testimony from the Holocaust. Each student was allocated to serve as the guardian and ambassador for a survivor and their testimony. Going forward, they will have the responsibility to ensure that their survivor’s testimony is known and that the key messages are used to prompt action to make a better world.
The students who took part will become leaders of the Echo Eternal project, driving next year’s work and preparations for Echo Eternal: Horizons in January 2021.
We are excited to see what they can do over the next year.