Lions roar at academy

The Lions of Zululand entertain at The Academy at Shotton Hall.

The Lions of Zululand entertain at The Academy at Shotton Hall.

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A SCHOOL was booming with the sounds of Africa when a traditional arts troupe paid a visit.

The Lions of Zululand, an arts, culture and heritage performance group from KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, went down a storm with students at The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee.

They held a performance in front of Key Stage 3 students, as well as one for Key Stage 4 pupils and youngsters from St Patrick’s Primary School, in Dipton and Cotherstone Primary in Barnard Castle.

They also held four workshops and took part in a celebration assembly at the end of the day.

The workshops were in language and culture, art, dance and singing.

Angie Favaro, the Waveney Road-based school’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural co-ordinator and head of year 9, said: “From our Year 7s to 11s, the kids were absolutely mesmerised.

“They fully interacted in the workshops and they all felt it was excellent.

“We had the Lions here last year and the whole school was looking forward to their visit, but watching this year’s performance, we were absolutely amazed.

“We are looking forward to them coming next year.”