All Saints Academy Plymouth
Manadon Vale Primary
Wednesday 13th July 2011 - All Saints Academy Plymouth
This was the first ‘Honicknowle Partnership for Extended Services’ (HOPES) Art of the Community event and was hosted by All Saints Academy in and on the field adjoining their state-of-the-art Brunel building. All the HOPES schools took part, with All Saints and Pennycross, Knowle, Mayflower, Shakespeare and Manadon Primary Schools all represented by class-size groups, totalling 146 children.
A rather soggy morning gave way to fine weather by the time the children arrived and they all gathered on huge polythene sheets for a communal picnic lunch. With everyone fed, pre-event colour coding allowed us to painlessly mix the children into multi-school workshop groups and allocate them to their first (of two) activities. The creative workshops, arranged in a tented village around the woodland-fringed field, included environmental art, painted flag-making, circus skills with Circus Stars, face painting skills, ribbon dancing and Boccia, with Chinese brush painting installed indoors in the Brunel ‘cafe’. The latter was set up and run by enterprising students from All Saints for the benefit of any attending parents who wanted to take a breather from joining in the workshops and enjoy a drink and a chat.
Parents, grandparents and children who had taken part in Barefoot’s Aim Higher funded ‘Family Futures’ programme of workshops also came along to the event and got involved in the activities. They also had the opportunity to showcase the work they had done in the programme of after school arts activities run by local practitioners.
The two rounds of workshops were run either side of a performance ‘interval’ where everyone gathered outside to watch great performances from All Saint’s talented Youth Harmonic Choir, Mayflower’s young pirates (and their pirate song!) and a fully interactive ‘it-got-everybody-joining-in’ dance performance of ‘I gotta a feeling’ from Shakespeare Primary School.
As with all the best Art of the Community events we ended with a parade, again led by an ‘instant’ Samba band formed from the groups who had engaged in the workshops. Fittingly, after some indecision on the part of the weather, this was bathed in sunshine, providing a fitting end to a great afternoon.
Plymouth Sports Academy
Xaio Bai Li
(Chinese Brush Painting)