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Indonesian exchange visit ends in colourful finale

A spectacular and colourful performance was the culmination of a cross-cultural exchange visit between Havering Sixth Form College and talented performing arts students from Indonesia.

The ambitious project, titled Island Fusions, brought together dancers, musicians and theatre performers from the High School for Performing Arts (SMKI) in Yogyakarta, with students from the College for three weeks.

The visit was a tremendous success with many lasting friendships created and a real appreciation and understanding gained of different cultures. The Indonesian students attended lessons here in music, dance and drama and were hosted by local families while in the UK.

The project was organised by College Creative Arts Faculty Leader Brian Martin and Sarah Stuchfield, a local music teacher who has worked in Indonesia.

Brian said: “We have been thrilled to host the students from Indonesia during this visit. It is clear from the final performance involving the visiting students and our own students that we have worldwide talent among our young people. The exchange of ideas has broadened horizons and enhanced leadership skills.”

Sarah said: “The project has given the performers the opportunity to understand life and learning from each other’s perspective.”

After the performance, awards were presented to Performing Arts students who had shown outstanding contribution and commitment to their studies, including work ethic, attendance, quality of work, meeting deadlines and supporting their fellow students.

Deputy Principal Paul Nutter made presentations to:

Morgan Connelly – Overall Faculty Student of the Year

Georgina Rees and Aleksandra Ziajor – Students of the Year, Dance

Lukas Rackauskas – Student of the Year, Drama

Jaz Dager – Student of the Year, Music Performance

Jack Stephenson – Student of the Year, Music Technology

Shannon Boyce – Student of the Year, Performing Arts

Ben Sugrue – Student of the Year, Technical Support


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