Sonic Pi Holiday Club at Sawston

Sonic Pi Holiday Club at Sawston

Where: Sawston Village College
When: 27 – 31 July 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm
Who: Young people aged 10 – 16
Cost: £100 (discount available for siblings)

Love music and play an instrument?
Love music but can’t play an instrument?
Love technology and want to do more with it?
Then Sonic Pi is perfect for you!

Sonic Pi is a computer programme for Raspberry Pi/Mac/Windows that allows users to create music using computer code. It can be used at any age and for   any musical ability, from advanced to none, and will     introduce you to performing and composing music. This Sonic Pi course is a great introduction to music technology and creating music, also offering you an alternative way to experience music.

Join us for 5 days this summer at Sawston Village  College to make music, and present what you’ve produced in a public sharing on the final day.

To book, or for more information: Tel: 01223 712825 or email:

Animated Superhero Smack-Down

Sawston Film School


Tues, 4 August 2015, 10.00am-4.00pm
Cost: £40, for ages 8-14

Spiderman and Superman are so old-fashioned, it’s time for some new superheroes, and it’s up to you to create them!

Work with professional animators to design and create your own superhero from modelling clay and animate them battling in the Smack-Down Arena using HD cameras, lights and iStopMotion animation software.

This workshop takes place at Sawston Village College.

To book, or for more information: Tel: 01223 712825 or email:





Weds & Thurs, 5 & 6 August 2015, 10.00am-4.00pm
Cost: £75 for the two days, for ages 11-16

In this fun-filled two-day Science-Fiction Film workshop, you will be introduced to the principles of shooting a slick and professional short film on a shoestring budget that can rival the Hollywood blockbusters.

Armed with a prop and a line of dialogue, you’ll work in a team to create an imaginative short Science-Fiction Movie under the guidance of a professional filmmaker and computer visual effects artist.
This workshop will take place at Sawston Village College.

To book, or for more information: Tel: 01223 712825 or email:



Swavesey Festival of Youth and CMAT Cycle Challenge

“Cambridgeshire’s not all flat!” Challenge yourself with a 50-mile bike ride, or take the whole family on a 16-mile route in aid of the new SVC Sports Hall and the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Appeal.

Alongside the cycle challenge there will be a temporary BMX ramp with demonstrations and free workshops from top UK display team Stylebicycle.

Local groups including Swavesey Youth Cafe, Spartans Football Club, Swavesey Tang Soo Do Institute and Swavesey Guiding will be hosting stalls and activities. An event not to be missed!stylebike

Summer Rock School 2015

This year’s Summer Rock School, run by the inimitable Phil & Mark, is set to be the best ever! Sign up for four amazing days of workshops from music professionals, followed by a live performance night alongside some of Cambridgeshire’s finest musicians. The course costs £95 and will run from Monday 27th – Thursday 30th July, 10am – 4pm at Swavesey Village College. There are just 25 places available so book up fast!

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Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition, 21st – 23rd November 2014

This November Swavesey Village College will throw open its doors and welcome art lovers from across the region. The Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition will be held at the college’s outstanding auditorium space from 21st to 23rd November.

Adult entrants will compete for accolades including the Top Twenty, Rheebridge Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. There will be a free draw to vote for your favourite artwork – which you could win – and the chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping with paintings, sculptures, prints and cards available. The event is free to the public over the weekend (Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm). There will be a preview reception with wine and canapes on the Friday night; tickets are £5 and will be available on the door.

This year will also see the launch of a new Cambridgeshire Area Young Artist Competition (CAYAC), which will showcase and recognise budding artists from local secondary schools including Bottisham Village College, Comberton Village College, Cottenham Village College, Impington Village College, Ixworth Free School, Linton Village College, Melbourn Village College, Sawston Village College, Swavesey Village College, and Thomas Clarkson Academy. Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, will present the student prizes and the CAYAC shield to the winning school at a teatime reception on the Saturday. Tickets for this are free and can be booked through the school’s website at

Andrew Daly, Principal of Swavesey Village College, said: ‘Our students will be involved in all aspects of the event so this is a fantastic and unique opportunity for them to work alongside and learn from professionals.”

See for further information.

Rheebridge flyer

See the documentary film Henry Morris: The Life & Legacy, at LDHS this Friday

This documentary film marks the culmination of a project that took place in Sawston Village College’s 80th anniversary year. The project saw young people set out to research the background to the founding of their school, the first village college in the county, and to explore the life of Henry Morris, whose extraordinary vision led to its creation. The film tells the story of that journey.

An extract from the film will be shown at the Longstanton District Heritage Society’s meeting on Friday 7th November, and will be followed by a short talk by Ellen Nowak about her role as the Arts & Community Development Manager at Swavesey Village College.

All LDHS talks are held at 7.30pm in the Village Institute, High Street, Longstanton. Everyone welcome – members free – non-members £2. Tea and biscuits served after.

Henry Morris

Musical Theatre Workshop

October half term is quickly approaching and once again Nasu Enzuru Theatre is offering the chance for children to get creative and participate in a 3 day musical theatre workshop.  The week will provide 11 – 14 year olds with the opportunity to work towards a performance of Bugsy Malone.

 Children can join Stage Director Ella Lyons and her creative team of musicians, actors and dancers for a hands on theatrical experience at Comberton Sports and Arts Centre, from Monday 27th October – Wednesday 29th October

 This energetic rehearsal programme will run from 9am – 5pm each day and will be jam-packed full of fun drama games, as well as the rehearsals themselves which will incorporate script work, singing, dancing and acting.

 For more information on the theatre company please visit and to book a place on the workshop please contact the Bookings Manager Daisy Botha at


Swavesey Village College Is Recruiting!

SVC is recruiting a part time Arts and Events Coordinator to work alongside the Arts Development Manager and the Events Manager. This is an exciting, flexible role working 20 hours per week, term time only plus two weeks, and will include evening and weekend work. Main responsibilities will be:

  • To market and develop the use of the venue and promote upcoming events
  • To support the Arts Development Manager in promoting arts activities of all kinds and encouraging the use of school facilities for non-statutory arts activities
  • To liaise with site and technical teams to ensure bookings are supported
  • To administer the online box office and balance budgets for various events
  • To provide Front of House duties during events and conferences, including health & safety checks, ticket sales, box office and managing stewards and helpers
  • To liaise with potential customers, provide quotes for lettings & hirings, book rooms, car parks etc. when required
  • To raise invoices for lettings and hirings

For a full job description and person specification please contact