WHEN the LEA announced schools would receive the same amount of funding as last year, most people breathed a sigh of relief.
However, as the cost of everything has risen the reality is that schools have less to spend this year. In times of austerity cuts have to be made and invariably the “arts” tend to be near the head of the queue.
In an effort to support their students, the Peele Community College has and will be organising a variety of events.
Recently the college has had a pretty rough ride in the press, and if you listen to the ill informed harbingers of doom, you could be misled into thinking that the school is going to hell in a hand cart!
But nothing could be further from the truth, as could be seen on Wednesday evening when highly charged, year ten and 11 drama students put on their own show.
The audience was treated to an evening of “Musical Madness” that had them rocking in the aisles. The gags were sharp, the acting clever and the old Queen classics were reminiscent of Freddie Mercury in his prime.
And on Sunday “Peele Rocks” opened the musical proceedings in Market Street as part of the jubilee celebrations.
Braving the elements the four young women immaculate in their school uniforms, battled the rain and the wind to belt out a few popular numbers and signed off with an old Abba favourite – Dancing Queen.
On Friday, June 15 at 7.30pm SLYJO will be performing in the school hall and anyone who has seen them will tell you that they are a very talented group of youngsters, who assisted by a few “older” musicians perform a diverse selection of music.
These shows require a great deal of hard work and time and I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Howman, the staff, the students and everyone who supports the college, especially the “Friends of the Peele” who give their time and energy in raising funds and organising events.