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Student’s Celebrate Week of Culture

Group of students with African performance group

Last week, we held our Week of Culture, a week full of diverse, enriching activities and experiences for students to expand their knowledge of other cultures and lifestyles.

Monday was full of inspiring opportunities, including learning about the significance of Henna design; participating in workshops from Neil Power, Events Assistant at Wentworth Woodhouse; Barnsley-born musician, Catherine Rannus; and LGBTQ2+ Ambassador for Milk Education, Charlie Butcher.

Person in a white t-shirt, jeans and white shoes stood infront of a sreen with Milk-fluencers written on it

On Tuesday, Japanese Koto player Sumie Kent entertained and educated our students, and Spoken Word Poet, Author and Youth Worker Nathan Parker made a return visit to college to deliver more of his great sessions.

Person in traditional Japanese dress with a Koto (a traditional Japanese musical instrument)

Wednesday saw Drumroots, a West African drumming group, captivate students through their high-energy performances and workshops with students making music on Djembes, a type of African drum.

Group of students with African performance group

Thursday’s guest was Barnsley-born choreographer, Gary Clarke, Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company, who delivered workshops and performances of his highly acclaimed dance theatre show, WASTELAND.

The week culminated with creative workshops delivered by Author and Screenwriter Nick Perring. Nick, has worked with UNICEF and the BBC, encouraged students to generate ideas for writing great stories and poems.

Person stood in a classroom

Nathan Parker, who helped students to create a poem around culture, inclusivity and diversity, added: “It was a privilege to attend the college’s Week of Culture to open the minds of students to spoken word poetry and the arts.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to show students how accessible spoken word poetry is and how powerful it can be as an outlet for self-expression.”

Person in pink hoody and jeans on a stage

Lee Perks, Enterprise Team Leader at the college, said: “The college is committed to being actively involved in the social and cultural development of our students by providing them with opportunities to experience things they may never have had the opportunity to do before.

“Our Week of Culture is a fantastic way for our students to experience life outside of Barnsley, meet people with diverse backgrounds and help them understand the world around them.

“We would like to thank all our guests who helped to make the week so positive and successful.”

We offer a range of full and part-time vocational courses, apprenticeships, A Levels and T Levels in a range of subjects including Computing, Engineering and Hair and Beauty.

Last updated: 29th March 2023

Originally posted on: 29th March 2023

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