Fitting farewell

25th November 2016

Talented students paid a fond farewell to familiar surroundings in two special concerts at The Vale Academy.

The concerts, organised by three Year 13 students as part of their Level 3 BTec course, took place in Westmoor Hall.

Almost 60 years old, it will be demolished with the rest of the existing school in the New Year after the move to its new building after Christmas.

The Farewell Concerts took place over two nights and featured the academy’s many musicians.

Principal Nicola Williams said it was a fitting farewell to the old buildings.

“I’d like to thank and congratulate Y13 students Robbie Hall, Kacie Rickells and Morgan Bullock for organising the concerts,” she said.

“We wanted to do something special to mark an historic time for the Academy. The concerts were fitting. I would also like to thank our outstanding music staff Jayne Keeler and Sally Stapley.”

She said the Academy choir sang a very emotional rendition of ‘All of me’ and the finale included the choirs, musicians and audience joining in ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ arranged by Year 13 student, Robbie Hall.

The students enjoyed participating in the events.

Jake Forman, from Year 7 said the concerts were “very productive and enjoyable”.

“The seniors are dedicated and put a lot of work into it,” he said.

Year 13 student Fiona Reid also enjoyed taking part.

“I thought everyone showed a lot of talent,” she said.

Kenza Hardy, from Year 12, said: “I’ve not been here very long but instantly felt a part of the team.  As it’s such a big concert, everyone has a part to play.”

Mrs Williams said: “The students did an excellent job organising this event.  There is so much talent at the Vale, I feel very proud to be a part of it and look forward to our new, state-of-the-art facilities."