I’ve just finished the second of our school journalism workshops at Moat Community College in Leicester and am chuffed with how it’s going so far. I’d like to share the progress the Year 8’s are making in an update on the Rockhaq community. Yes, we will cover swearing! Big shout out and thanks to Moat Community College’s awesome English literacy co-ordinator Veena Shaunak too, who definitely knows exactly how to motivate her class.
Welcome to our English student interview with Sam Brookes. This is part of a series of interviews we’re running with Rockhaq pilot students. Although we’ve just relaunched the Rockhaq community, the project was first piloted in 2011-2012 with students from colleges in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Some of our original pilot students have now returned to the new community. We thought you may like to hear how Rockhaq workshops helped a pupil studying A Level English, hence this English student interview.
We’ve been discussing this for a while now – we’re also ready to announce a UK-wide/international competition too! – and we’re finally launching a special Leicester ArtBeat Festival writing competition. Huzzah, etc.
What’s this all about and why Leicester? Well I’m straight outta Leicester and grew up in Clarendon Park, and it’s my unique way of giving something back to the place. This is where I went to school, read rather obsessively and went to my first gigs. They changed my life, made me who I am *violins* and this is why I ran a special Rockhaq workshop for ArtBeat Festival last year.
As most of you will know, the legendary David Bowie passed away on 10 January 2016. He was just 69 years old. Along with the rest of the world it seems, Team Rockhaq and some of our community members were in shock on hearing this news. David Bowie’s musical influence on the 20th and 21st centuries just can’t be stated enough.
School is now out for all our pilot students. We’re not resting though! We’re now gearing up for the next stage of Rockhaq, which includes making some changes to our site to get it ready for schools all over the UK to start joining the community for September 2012. We also have at least one big surprise coming up that nobody expected, not even us 😉