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Shakespeare 400


On Tuesday 19th July 2016, students spent the whole day celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Festival was a cross-curricular event involving sonnet writing in English, a Shakespeare murder-mystery in Maths and Science, collages and backdrops in Art and Design & Technology and lots more. The highlight of the day was a performance of music and drama inspired by Shakespeare’s stories, including an episode of Jeremy Kyle featuring the characters of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’! ¬†Students and staff had a really enjoyable day and learned more about our literary heritage.



Throughout the day, students from all year groups worked on one of three giant collages using a variety or materials
Creating collages
Fonished collage
Fabric collage Finished collage
Creating a collage using packaging Finished collages created using packaging, textiles and acrylic.

shakespeare 400

Tudor style decorations were made and used to decorate the hall.

making lavender bags

Students made lavender bags to give to the guests at the Tea Party.
mob football
Mob football was one of several games of the Tudor era that students attempted



drawing coding suspect

English lessons required imagination as students read Sonnet 130 tried to draw their impression of 'the mistress'.

Maths and Science lessons combined to work on a Shakespeare themed murder mystery. Students had to decode the clues then look at fingerprinting techniques to identify possible suspects.

Print making


fairies prints frieze
In Art, throughout the day, students worked collaboratively to create a beautiful frieze representing Midsummer Night's Dream - the theme for our tea party.


The following day, around 60 local senior citizens came in for a ‘Midsummer Tea Party,’ enjoying Shakespeare-themed food in the hall and watching the performances that our students had watched the day before. The hall had been decked out for the occasion with students’ Shakespeare portraits and artwork, Shakespeare themed table decorations and a beautifully decorated Midsummer archway.¬† Guests were each given lavender bag ‘nose-gays’ made by students the previous day. Students dressed as Shakesperean characters acted as hosts and lserved tea to our guests.


welcome tea waitresses tea is served
decorations drama drama2 table decoration
Both days were a huge success and were a testament to the enthusiasm and creativity of the staff and students of Cavendish.






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Executive Headteacher: Mr Gary Lewis
Warners End Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3DW
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