On Thursday 1st March 2018, I was buzzing with pure excitement as I visited Selhurst Park Stadium for work experience. I had never been inside Selhurst Park before, so I was really looking forward to it. Despite, the horrific weather conditions, I managed to get there briskly, and I was accompanied by social media manager Samuel Jordan and Mr Sidwell. Samuel gave me a brief tour of Crystal Palace FC, showing me where the journalists work, the interview rooms and I even saw Christian Benteke getting out of the changing room! Moreover, Samuel explained his role at the club to me and how important social media is to present the club’s latest information to the fans (especially to the younger generation).
Furthermore, I saw goalkeeper Diego Cavaleiri sign shortly before Roy Hodgson’s press conference. He talked about the club’s never-ending injury crisis and meeting up again with Jose Mourinho, ahead of the clash against Manchester United on Monday. In addition to this, I asked many questions to Samuel in order to develop my knowledge in Journalism while he told me what makes a good story. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and hopefully I can go there again in the future.
Maxwell Kablan - Year 10
The Year 7 Rugby team played a hard fought match against St John Bosco in the South London League on Thursday 30th. Despite the sub-zero conditions, the boys displayed a very gutsy performance with nothing getting in the way of their determination and hard work. They were triumphant winning the game narrowly 35 v 30 with tries scored by Bryan x 2, Somto x2, Akeem, Ayo and Kalonji.
1, Mark Onofrei , 2 Akeem Reid, 3 Jessey Addae, 4 Bryan Aidoo, 5 Adrian Marriot-Dibbisson, 6 Emeka Omyena-Matthews, 7 Danny Davies, 8 Addam Idris, 9 Kalonji Bailey, 10 Sebastian Beach 11 Odrigo Bazaj, 12 Davincci Frazer, 13 Ibrahim Kimera, 14 Somto Devis, 15 Ayo Ayegbusi.
St Joseph’s College staged the challenging but brilliant musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and it was an astounding success. 40 students worked extremely hard alongside Mr Cook and Mr Baxter for nearly 50 days of singing, acting and puppeteering and last week all their their work certainly paid off. Chola Lumingo from Year 10 played Seymour, the show’s lead. Chola’s Seymour was cheeky, funny and he sung powerfully throughout the show. Chola put many weekends and evenings into his preparation and although singing the duet ‘Suddenly Seymour’ alongside Thelma Konning’s Audrey is daunting, his stage presence and poise meant he hit all his notes in this the most romantic and famous part of the play.
Thelma Konning from Year 13 played Audrey, the show’s female lead and unfortunate victim in more than one scene in the play. Her renditions of’ Suddenly Seymour’ and ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ were phenomenal and Thelma is well on her way to a career in stage theatre following her 2 years in a row as the female lead.
The quadruplets were played by Mark Onofrei (Year 7), Victor Konderak (Year 8), Stephanie Addai (Year 12) and Tiffany Queva (Year 13). Their skill and responsibility as narrators, backing vocalists and soloists was extra special. The silver dresses were glamourous and the girls looked fantastic on stage.
Mickel Goldson’s ‘Mr Mushnik’ and Oluwatosin Adebiyi’s ‘Dentist’ did their best to steal the show in all three evening performances.
Mickel’s singing and dancing in ‘Mushnik and Son’ was memorable and Oluwatosin’s hilarious song ‘I am your Dentist’ will never be forgotten by those who attended.
Rohaan Rizwan (Year 9) and Kayden Morris (Year 7) had cameo roles and were professional with their comic timing and delivery of lines.
The band that was put together by Mr Baxter and who had been together before in the Classidelics were outstanding. They received huge accolade following all 3 nights. The show’s choir were also excellent and enjoyed their singing and acting roles. They also got to dress up as dentists to support one of the show’s main songs.
With over £50,000.00 of donated lighting and technical equipment the show looked and sounded like it was straight from the West End. The students who assisted technically were: Damian Slayzyk, Kaylem Linton-Shepherd, Michael Asante, Christopher Oritis, Jamaal Walker and Tiago Afonso. Their contribution was outstanding.
It is pleasing to see the student talent across the year groups and we all look forward to next year’s show.