Performing arts and sporting success at Cockburn schools

The reactivation of sporting activity at Cockburn John Charles Academy is in full swing with a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.

Numbers are now higher than ever with pupils from across all year groups attending after-school clubs that include football, table tennis, trampolining and access to the new school gym facilities.

In recent years sport has flourished at the school; winning the inter-competition ‘Cockburn MAT Cup’ in 2018 and 2019 with the year 11 football team winning both South Leeds and Central league and 7-a-side tournament in 2020. Despite a setback to extra-curricular activities over the Covid-19 pandemic, pupils have shown great resilience and commitment to help the sporting programme return better than ever.

Engaging in a wider range of extracurricular sports is likely to instil confidence and discipline within students as well as help with their physical and mental well-being. When pupils achieve success, they have a raise in self-esteem; creating a relaxed environment where learning new skills is fun and with some elements of competition.

Students from across all year groups recently competed in a rowing event with Row Leeds, where the team were successful in achieving one gold and two silver medals.

Cockburn School, in line with their Artsmark Platinum status in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education, staged their first MADDFest show since before the Covid-19 pandemic began.

MADDFest, which featured Music, Art, Drama and Dance, showcased work from students across Years 7 to 10. Year 8 drama students created their own piece based on the Black Lives Matter theme.

Live bands performed songs from a wide range of artists including Amy Winehouse and The White Stripes. There was also an excellent Cockburn John Charles Academy band performing.

One student in Year 7 said:

“It was amazing to perform on stage at Cockburn for the first time. Being with all of the older students was brilliant”.

Cockburn School has recently held auditions for their annual school production in December which will be Sister Act The Musical. Rehearsals will begin in September for what promises to be a show to remember!