November 12, 2019
Northern Education Trust North Shore Academy hosted local singer/songwriter and community champion – Mike McGrother – as their Artist in Residence, from Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November 2019.
Mike worked with all students in Year 8 across the week, with the theme of the residency being ‘Remembrance’. In a launch assembly in September, Mike shared the stories of George Hunter, a soldier from Tilery who lost his life in World War One. Students were encouraged to find out more about our war heroes, particularly those who were ‘shot at dawn,’ through research in History lessons and exploration of this in Art and Literature lessons. All of this work fed into Mike’s workshops, through which students will produced writing in a variety of forms.
The week culminated in a Literature Café Evening at the academy on Thursday 7 November, and a more formal Remembrance Assembly was held on Friday 8 November. These events were
a celebration of our students’ writing, along with a range of performances from students, Mike and the Infant Hercules Choir.
Louise Mower, English Teacher at North Shore Academy, said: “Mike has a special talent when it comes to engaging and empowering young people and it has been a wonderful week across the academy. I have been bowled over by the creativity of our talented students. I am immensely proud of their powerful and emotive writing and thrilled that they have had the platform to share and celebrate this within and beyond our school community”.