28th June 2023
On Thursday, June 15, 2023, the grand Walsall Arena & Arts Centre in Walsall, UK, became the backdrop for a melodious celebration of unity, aspiration, and talent. The Windsor Academy Trust's (WAT) Musical Celebration brought together over 500 students from nine schools within the WAT family of academies, in a testament to their talent and hard work.
The day was filled with diverse original performances from Kingswinford Academy, Manor Way Primary Academy, Rivers Primary Academy, Great Wyrley Academy, Goldsmith Primary Academy, Colley Lane Primary Academy, Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Tenterfields Primary Academy, and Cheslyn Hay Academy. Each performance uniquely reflected the ethos of the WAT family, showcasing the broad range of talent that thrives within our community.
Every note and every word were meticulously orchestrated by our esteemed Trust Curriculum Leads for Dance and the Arts, Mrs Mclaughlin and Mrs Bianco. Commenting on the event, Mrs Mclaughlin said, "Our staff and students from all nine schools have shown an extraordinary display of talent and unity. I am in awe of their dedication and hard work." Mrs Bianco added, "Today has been a testament to the power of the arts in bringing people together. I am incredibly proud of all our students and thankful to our staff for their tireless efforts."
The success of the day was significantly bolstered by the involvement of Arts Connect, whose partnership proved invaluable. Adding further to the event's vibrancy were musicians Paul and Gabby, whose infectious energy was palpable.
A particularly poignant moment was when all 500 students came together to perform the rousing rendition of the WAT Family Anthem, 'Aspire.' Crafted and performed by our students, it was a moment of pride that embodied the spirit of the WAT family.
Dawn Haywood, the extremely proud CEO of the WAT family, echoed these sentiments in her closing address. Speaking about unlocking personal potential, finding passion, and purpose, she hailed the event as "the highlight of the year" and celebrated its significance in fostering the true spirit of the WAT family.
The WAT Musical Celebration was more than an event; it was a powerful demonstration of collaboration, shared achievement, and our commitment to fostering an environment that encourages each student to explore their potential. It represented the essence of being part of the WAT family: a community united by shared values, striving for excellence, and shaping the future through innovation.
We invite you to relive these magical moments through the gallery attached below this blog. We are currently working on editing footage from the day, which will be released soon, to provide a further glimpse into the magic and camaraderie that defined the day.
As we look to the future, we continue our journey of nurturing talent, celebrating achievements, and shaping a future filled with promise and potential, together.