Students having a ball for new large room

Ponteland Middle School.
Ponteland Middle School.
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A fund-raising ball is being held in aid of a major school project that will help discover the entertainers of tomorrow.

Ponteland Middle School plans to demolish an old mobile classroom and replace it with a double-sized room, which will include a drama studio.

The cost of the project is expected to be around £150,000. The current facility has dated computers and lighting systems and home-made blackout blinds.

It is hoped the ball, which will be held on Saturday, March 5, at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, will raise enough cash to kit out the new studio with a state-of-the-art computer, a film editing system, podcast recording facilities, lighting and blackout blinds.

Headteacher Dr Caroline Pryer stressed the importance of drama in schools.

She said: “It improves children’s confidence and teaches them to play together, which develops their social skills, patience, leadership, team skills and improvisation, as well as speaking, listening and developing creative writing skills.

“In the new facility, the children will learn important new skills such as podcast production, stage craft, directing and PR while developing singing, acting and dancing talents.”

The ball has a Las Vegas theme, with entertainment provided by a magician and music from award-winning band Hip Operation.

There will also be a raffle held to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tickets for the ball are available from Helen Smith on 01661 824853.