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An inspiring programme of activities will enable you undertake recreational, artistic and creative activities to develop knowledge and skills. Activities include Cartooning, Japanese Culture and the College musical.

All students welcome to audition for our annual college musical. Be part of a team and develop your skills as a performer. You can choose to audition in any discipline; singing, dancing or acting. Please express your interest at enrolment. For more information please contact rick.harris@aquinas.ac.uk

For general enquiries about Enrichment programmes, please contact kelley.dawson@aquinas.ac.uk.

AQ Magazine

The college magazine “AQ” has been developed to involve students as partners in capturing the very best of Aquinas College. Facilitated by the guidance of staff, students are given a voice and the chance to offer unparalleled insight into college life. Open to all students: journalism, photography, graphics, editing, researching and team work skills will be developed. Students will report and comment on college news, produce reviews, offer opinion and archive great moments at Aquinas.

Please contact sam.quinn@aquinas.ac.uk, jack.tomlinson@aquinas.ac.uk or jim.temple@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Band

If you play a musical instrument you are welcome to join the college instrumental group. Although we play primarily ‘swing’ music, any instrument is welcome. Students from across college enjoy coming together to make music and friends. Smaller ensemble groups, such as flute choir are also run to give students opportunities to play and perform.

Please contact claire.dixon@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Choir

Singing has been proven to lift the spirits and focus the mind! The college choir performs at a variety of events throughout the year both in college and in the wider community: we have developed close links with Stepping Hill Hospital, performing for their various Christmas events. Students of any ability and experience are welcome to come along and take part in the college’s most prestigious musical ensemble.

Please contact claire.dixon@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Cartooning

Anyone can cartoon, whether they can draw or not. Cartooning Club gives students a chance to develop and practise their individual art styles through a range of tasks. Each week has a key theme or topic designed to inspire fun and interesting artwork. Whether students want to learn a new skill, or just find the time to actually sit down and draw for a bit, Cartooning Club is a fun, sociable hour each week.

Please contact sam.townend@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Chess Club

Students of any ability are welcome to drop into chess club. New high quality chess sets and chess clocks have been purchased for the club and instruction for novices can be given when required. We will organised some chess tournaments later in the year and possibly to have a league table. All that aside though, the main purpose of the club however is to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of chess.

Please contact steven.taylor@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Disney

Students are given the opportunity to participate in the annual showcase as actors, dancers and singers and back stage workers. Inspiration is taken from Disney films and animated films and students are given the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences.​ The local primary schools come along to watch the matinees and family and friends are welcome for two evening performances.

No auditions required just come along, plenty of costumes from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Hercules and many more. All welcome especially if you love Disney! Rehearsals Mondays from 4 – 5:30pm beginning ​Monday 30th September in the lecture theatre. Showcase taking place on Weds 4th and Thurs 5th December 2019. A meeting to discuss song/film choices will be held some time in September, so keep an eye on the bulletin for a date and time.

Any queries or ideas please speak to Carly in Performing Arts or email carly.horan@aquinas.ac.uk

Film Club

Film Club is an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of Film and meet fellow minded film fans. A selection of films will be shown weekly ranging from Classical Hollywood to Cult Classics. Each film will come with a brief introduction and there will be the opportunity for a chat after. Film Club will run in F45 on Thursdays at 4pm.

Please contact tom.dixon@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Grade 5 Theory

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 Theory is a qualification that many students benefit from. This can support UCAS applications and also open the pathway to higher instrumental practical grades. This is a supportive session working with individuals to further develop theory knowledge and ability.

Please contact claire.dixon@aquinas.ac.uk for more information

Japanese culture

Please come along if you are interested in any aspects of Japanese culture! We currently offer Origami, Anime, Japanese films, Shodo (calligraphy), Sado (tea ceremony), Japanese board games, Japanese cooking and many more! We gather once a week from 4pm to 4:45 on either Mondays or Tuesdays. The exact day will be confirmed shortly.

Please contact sachiko.yamaguch@aquinas.ac.uk for more information