To coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Smithills School celebrated his life and works with a week of themed activities; these included a visiting author recounting tales of Shakespeare, a recital competition, a drop everything and read event and even art inspired by the man himself. Pupils and staff also enjoyed an Elizabethan lunch, courtesy of the school canteen.
At the end of the week a warm welcome was extended to a number of esteemed guests including the mayor, councillor Mrs Swarbrick, to celebrate the opening of the new school library. Guests were entertained by year 10 students who performed a modern day interpretation of twelfth Night, followed by a year 9 recital of key scenes from Shakespeare’s tragedies ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Macbeth’. The event culminated in a grand musical finale by Smithills School’s award winning brass band.