Date published: 31 October 2011
Bury College students from BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts who took part in the project
Students on the BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at Bury College have successfully performed their ‘Bsafe, Bcool’ project, to 11 high schools within the Bury area.
The project, aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour issues, encourages young adults to act responsibly in social situations and steer away from potential dangers within society. The event, run in partnership with Bury Council, Greater Manchester Police, Bury Fire Service, Bury Youth Service, Six Town Housing and Trading Standards, was funded by the Safer School Partnership, O2 and Children’s Services and forms part of the ‘Theatre in Education’ section of the College’s BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts.
Schools that benefitted from the Bury College performances were: Parrenthorn High School, Radcliffe Riverside School, Phillips High School, The Derby High School, Prestwich Arts College, Tottington High School, The Elton High School, St Monica’s RC High School, Castlebrook High School and Woodhey High School. Mr A Goodlad, Citizenship Coordinator at Parrenthorn High school commented, "The play set a wonderful tone for the day. It was well acted, relevant, controversial and yet humorous. Our pupils immediately related to the cast of characters and felt an empathy with the important issues of the day. A highlight of the year."
Jenna Taylor (17) from Bury took part in the project. The former pupil of Lord’s Independent School in Bolton said, “It was great getting different reactions from each school and I really enjoyed it. The performances were well received and it was good to be able to educate pupils about issues such as drugs and alcohol in a fun and informative way. The project has also helped with my course as it has taught me discipline and how to adapt to different stages.”
Carolyn Jones from the Greater Manchester Police helped organise the project. She said, “The feedback from the pupils is fantastic, it has been the favourite part of the day for 90 per cent of them. The shows caught their attention immediately and paved the way for partner agencies to continue educating about the themes portrayed in the play. The Bury College students have been a pleasure to work with and we wish them all the best in their careers.”
Prizes were donated to schools by local businesses including, Vue Cinema, Tenpin Bowling, Bodyshop, Fun Fuzion, Nando’s, Millie’s Cookies, Warren James, O2 and Debenhams. These will be awarded to pupils who are completing projects related to the BSafe BCool performances.