Christmas Comes Early for Darwen Students

christmas_concertStudents at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) pulled out all the stops to put their new entrepreneurial know-how into practice at the Academy’s inaugural Christmas concert.

Celebrating the end of its first term, the Academy hosted an evening of festive fun with contributions from students across all years.

Kicking off with an entrepreneurial spirited Christmas fayre in aid of charities specially selected by the students.

With street dancing performances, cheerleading displays, a nativity and a pantomime, musical renditions of the Disney hit, High School Musical, not to mention the staff choir, the Academy’s pool of performing arts talent donned their dancing shoes and sang their hearts out as they took to the stage to entertain guests.

As part of the DACA entrepreneurship curriculum, and to demonstrate how well the new specialism had been adopted, students in years 7, 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to set up their very own innovative Christmas enterprises. Each tutor group was given £25 to invest in materials to help create new products and services, including festive mugs and jewellery, a gift wrapping service and the unique ‘Project Candy Cane’ which allowed students to secretly communicate with each other via wrapped candy canes that carried special messages. All products and services were sold on the night and proceeds were donated to the designated charities.