by Matthew Farrall and Stephanie Chard.
JMA performing arts teacher Tommy Robinson accepting a Lets Sing 2018 award from Mayor Rose Williams at the Hexagon, Reading. Photo courtesy of Reading Borough Council.
Crisply compèred by Breeze FM‘s Robert Kenny, the Let’s Sing 2018 charity choir concert on Monday 26 March was of such a high standard that the trio of independent judges had a very difficult task indeed. Every choir received rapturous applause on merit from a lively audience.
University Of Reading
Students from the John Madejski Academy (JMA) performed Harold Pinter‘s dark and troubling one-act play One for the Road on 21 March. The play remains just as relevant in our modern world of nihilistic global tyranny as it was when first performed in 1984.
The Ridgeway Primary School
John Madejski Academy performing arts department
The John Madejski Academy (JMA) choir will be finalists in the mayor of Reading’s choir competition at the Hexagon on Monday 26 March. This choir competition was postponed from 1 March due to bad weather.
Longbarn Lane Recreation Ground
This week, Reading Borough Council (RBC) will discuss spending £786,700 over the next two years on improving recreation areas across the town, including Cintra Park, Longbarn Recreation Area and Rabson’s Rec in south Reading.
Nick Garnett (Whitley Flamboyance Festival)
Last year I got a text from a mate who lives in the flats opposite the John Madejski Academy (JMA). He said that there was some sort of uprising going on and the gates of the JMA had been flung open to unleash an alien entourage, who were now parading through Whitley looking like an escaped troupe of space-age circus performers or an absurdist dream made flesh with dancing, klaxons and odd machinery.
Children helping children at the Reading Hexagon, February 2018
In a brilliant night at the Hexagon on Tuesday 6 February, talented children from Reading schools came together and put on a great show, Children Helping Children, in front of an audience of 600 or so. Introduced by John Cosgrove, the head teacher of Whitley’s Christ the King Primary School, this charity fund raiser and showcase of local youth talent got the toes tapping and the fingers clicking while tugging at hearts and minds too.
Laura Ellener, principal of the John Madejski Academy
Whitley’s John Madejski Academy (JMA) joined the White Horse Federation (WHF), a multi-academy trust, in January 2018.
New Christ Church School, Reading
Dancers at the JMA (24 January 2018)
Mosaic at the Christ the King school, Reading
Children from Reading schools, including New Christ Church Primary School in Katesgrove, the Christ the King Primary School, the John Madejski Academy and Whitley Park Primary School in Whitley will be taking part in the annual Children Helping Children concert at the Hexagon Theatre on 6 February at 7pm.
By Gillie Tunley and Matthew Farrall.
Students from the John Madejski Academy (JMA) and the Theodor-Fliedner-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf performed a one-night special at the JMA on Hartland Road in Whitley on 24 January.
The talented students from the John Madejski Academy (JMA) present a dynamic night of drama at 7pm on 24 January, at the JMA on Hartland Road in Whitley. They will be performing works by literary giants Brecht, Shakespeare, Goethe and Shaffer with additions by their creative and performing arts teacher, Tommy Robinson.
Katesgrove School playground
The executive headteacher of Katesgrove Primary School, Mrs Lisa Telling, said she is pleased that Ofsted complimented the school’s “friendly, calm, nurturing atmosphere” in their latest report.
Katesgrove School playground
Katesgrove Primary School
Katesgrove Primary School is a good school, according to OFSTED’s latest report.
Cathy and Dot with modern Ordnance Survey Map of Reading
Earlier this year the New Christ Church Primary School entered a competition run by Redcliffe Imaging Ltd, a Bristol-based company who produce wall murals. As part of the entry, the school explained that, with their 150th anniversary coming up, they would really love to have a copy of the 1880 map of Reading which showed the school and its surrounding area.
The Mayor Councillor Rose Williams speaking at the service
At the centre is the Mayor’s wreath and in front three from Katesgrove School
The Mayor, Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams, laid a wreath at the Forbury war memorial on Saturday 11 November following the two minutes silence at 11am.
Gordon Greenidge – hard hitting West Indies batsman and Alfred Sutton schoolboy is honoured in an incredible performance in the cricket pavilion at Reading School for 3 nights this week. The two actors playing the young and older reminiscing cricketer set this unusual theatre in the round on dramatic fire with their dazzling energy and intimacy.
by Matthew Farrall, Gillie T, Evelyn & Paul Williams
Main course – ‘allotment tajine’
Dessert – ‘Reading town crumble’
Two courses of locally produced allotment and garden goodness were served at the Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September. The free meal was thoroughly enjoyed by the Whitley Pump review panel.
Looked down on by the Blade, the historic characters on the Abbey Gateway and the Maiwand Lion, the Forbury Gardens once again played host to the annual Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September.
By Jason Hilbourne.
Although we are in an age in which it seems that everyone is using new technology, there are still plenty of people who have been left behind. National surveys show that 15-20% of the UK’s adult population lack basic computer skills.