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To all at Portway Juniors, On behalf of the Ambulatory Heart Failure Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital, I would like to thank ALL of the children who did a picture for us to put up on our unit. Due to the current pandemic we are not allowed to have our normal Christmas decorations or Christmas tree due to infection control however to have these pictures all laminated and easily wiped down have been a joy to have! Special thanks to Captain Tom Moore class and to Miss Morley for doing these with the children. I know they have enjoyed it and most have received a well deserved sticker! One of our patients today said that the pictures have brightened up the plain walls and are a delight to see when coming in for treatment THANK YOU again to each and every one of you Merry Christmas to you all Stay safe The Heart Failure team

Royal Shakespeare Company Present Macbeth

Team Portway Performing Hansel and Gretel


Team Portway meet Mike Kenny the playwright of Derby Theatre's "Hansel and Gretel"



As part of our amazing “Hansel and Gretel” topic this term, the whole of Team Portway went to see Derby Theatre’s production of “Hansel and Gretel.” It was a very different production to the one the children have devised and will be performing on Dec 12th and 13th. We were very lucky to have the playwright Mike Kenny visit our school on Wednesday. He heard some of our original songs and talked to the whole school about “Hansel and Gretel” and his work as a playwright.

After assembly we had a press conference with Mike. He was interviewed by our arts ambassadors and party leaders.

Here are some of their reports:

“Mike Kenny stated that he made the character of the stepmother into a mother, because all step mothers aren’t evil”


“Hansel is his favourite character because he keeps eating and is scared of everything and that made him laugh”


“He used the characters of the rooks to move the story along and pad out the narrative”


“Originally the rooks were crows, but then he found out crows were loners, so changed them to rooks”


“The theme of ‘lost spectacles’ goes throughout the play as the characters can’t see what’s really happening”


“Sarah Brigham at Derby Theatre gave him the idea to do “Hansel and Gretel”


“Mike wrote most of the lyrics for the songs.”


“The characters of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, the three bears and the wolf, were introduced so the Youth Theatre at Derby could be involved.”


“The witch was played by a man, because Mike wanted to even up the parts for males and females, so women are not always the evil characters”


“I was interested in the talk with Mike Kenny as it helped me understand plays better”


“If Mike Kenny wasn’t a playwright he’d be a teacher”


“Mike Kenny has inspired me to write my own plays”




Mr Bly Enjoying Some Christmas Pudding!

Year 4's amazing production of "The Tempest"

Creating a Gingerbread House for the Community Garden

Pre-Raphaelite art from Year 3

Our amazing Year 6 in "The Lion King" we will miss you!

Year 5/6 Drama Club wowed their audience with their version of Matilda.

Welcome to the gallery! Please enjoy browsing our photographs.

The snow did not dampen our spirits as we enjoyed our postponed Book Day! We loved dressing up and reading together. 06/03/2018

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