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  • High School students with Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay - Project V.O.I.C.E. Sarah Kay at the Middle School. A couple of brave volunteers spoke their own poetry in front of Phil and Sarah and the whole Middle School.


    For the past two days Canterbury has had two special guests on campus, and they have made quite an impression on students and faculty alike. Nationally acclaimed poets Sarah Kaye and Phil Kay from Project V.O.I.C.E. spent the two days inspiring everyone through their poetry, question and answer sessions and Spoken Word workshops.

    The English Department was able to bring Project V.O.I.C.E. here due to the Special Focus funds for Reading and Writing at Canterbury, that were raised during the 2014 Laughing Cavalier. Thank you, again, to everyone who donated and made this incredible experience possible for the faculty and students in grades 2-12.

    Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) is based on three founding principles - entertainment, education and inspiration. The presenters focus on literacy, creative writing, public speaking, poetry, storytelling, performing arts, youth empowerment and collaborative learning.

    Students received a lot of advice about brainstorming and creating stronger, more visual writing, whether it be for a poem, an essay or for a presentation. Sarah and Phil said it is important to capture those "Aha" or "Uh" moments jotting down key words in a notebook or even texting them to yourself throughout the day. (They were jotting notes about what students and faculty said that inspired them during the workshops.) Then when you go back to brainstorm about writing, you have a bread trail of anecdotes from which to select. Students also learned the difference between abstract concepts and sensory details. They practiced using their five senses to write more descriptively and to give more power to their words, especially the spoken word.

    Phil and Sarah put the faculty to work during their Project V.O.I.C.E Spoken Word session. In this professional development opportunity, the teachers learned additional ways to use Spoken Word in their different fields of study and how to promote student creativity and buy-in for using the Spoken Word skills. The teachers did some of the same brainstorming, writing and performance exercises that the students experienced in their workshops.

    To learn more about Project V.O.I.C.E. and its poets, visit

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  • Two selected to All Region Band

    Canterbury High School freshmen Catie Galbraith and Lauren Wayman were selected to be a part of the Indiana Bandmasters Association All Region Band, which takes place November 23 at DeKalb High School. Both play the clarinet. This is an ensemble comprised of more than 100 young musicians from across the region.

  • Eighth grader selected to Regional Orchestra

    Clayton Perry, Grade 8, represented Canterbury Middle School November 15 at the Indiana ASTA Northern Regional Orchestra. Perry, a violinist, performed with students from around the region in the honors concert.

  • Kirsten helps make the Audrey II (puppet 1) grow for Seymour.


    Mr. Ottenweller, MS director and assistant headmaster, attended the High School musical on Thursday and gave it a great review. "You have got to see the musical! It was fantastic last night. I haven't laughed out loud at a theatrical production like I did last night. Hilarious...a little scary...a little gross...but so much fun. Thanks to the Fine Arts crew for their excellent work."

    Tonight (Oct. 31) is your last chance to see the Audrey II in action. Little Shop of Horrors takes place in the High School Summers Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. (For Middle School and older.) Tickets are $10/adult and $5/student.

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    "Feed me Seymour!" More demanding than any teenager is the killer plant that is growing on the stage in Summers Auditorium. You won't want to miss this comedy, rock horror musical featuring a hilariously talented cast of Canterbury High School students in "Little Shop of Horrors." Just in time for Halloween, this musical debuts Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. Costumes welcome. Middle School and High School House points will be awarded for supporting your fellow artists. Tickets will be sold at the door - $10/adult and $5/student. The public is welcome.

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