Our Confident Creators project begins!

After much planning and discussion we have now started our Confident Creators project journey. On Monday our artistic team spent their day working together to prepare delivery of the programme this term. Drama practitioner Simon Bachelor, artist Liz Atkin and musician Deborah Aloba bring a wealth of creative experience that they will share with our teachers over the next 2 years. The Confident Creators project is about developing growth mindset through the arts, embedding the arts within the curriculum. During our planning session we explored our own personal and professional journeys towards developing a growth mindset. At the end of the day it was great to get all the teachers together who will be working on the project this year – 20 teachers and 10 senior leaders. During this twilight session the teachers shared their own growth mindset practice in the classroom and we sampled some short arts activities together, with opportunities to feedback our reactions to them. Many thanks to everyone who took part and to our funder Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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girls football tournament

To whet the appetite for last night’s England match, 5 teams of girls from our area got together to play an action packed tournament hosted by Archbishop Sumner Primary. BLC teams welcomed a team from our neighbouring cluster, Vauxhall Primary for 3 hours of matches. The standard was consistently high during all 12 matches, despite the high temperatures. The final between Archbishop Sumner and Vauxhall went to a nail-biting penalty shoot-out, with Vauxhall getting the decisive goal. Congratulations to every player yesterday – it was a real pleasure to watch. A particular well done to Zamyrah from Christ Church Primary SW9, Player of the Tournament, for outstanding play in goal and of course to the winners from Vauxhall. A big thank you to all the staff at Archbishop Sumner Primary for hosting and to their staff member Katy Fitzpatrick for her brilliant organisation. Looking forward to more play next academic year when we hope to hold training days and start a league.

Dance on a World Cup theme!

Four partnership schools from the Brixton Learning Collaborative (BLC) came together on Thursday 21st June 2018, to take part in the able and talented dance workshop. The aim was to put together a collaborative dance routine, culminating in live performance to a 250 strong audience. Professional dance instructor , Mr Ricky Blackett led the session.

The theme centred around the football World Cup in Russia The aim was to create a dance routine that was reflective of the sport and the customs and traditions of the host country. Each school had eight participants. The workshop provided an opportunity to showcase individual talent and dance skills as well as develop team work and collaborative working. The students were the creators of the routine. Adult were facilitators, helping to bring all individual routines together as one. The performers had the additional challenge of working to tight time frame.-less than two hours in which to devise , practice and perform.

In the end, the dance routine was a great success. The audience was able capture the passion and excitement that would be felt during a real live football match. It was interactive in that the audience performed the role of the football supporters within the stadium and the dancers acted out the story of the football match.

The dancers were asked to evaluate the day. Here are some of their recollections:

Four partnership schools from the Brixton Learning Collaborative (BLC) came together on Thursday 21st June 2018, to take part in the able and talented dance workshop. The aim was to put together a collaborative dance routine, culminating in live performance to a 250 strong audience. Professional dance instructor , Mr Ricky Blackett led the session.

The theme centred around the football World Cup in Russia The aim was to create a dance routine that was reflective of the sport and the customs and traditions of the host country. Each school had eight participants. The workshop provided an opportunity to showcase individual talent and dance skills as well as develop team work and collaborative working. The students were the creators of the routine. Adult were facilitators, helping to bring all individual routines together as one. The performers had the additional challenge of working to tight time frame.-less than two hours in which to devise , practice and perform.

In the end, the dance routine was a great success. The audience was able capture the passion and excitement that would be felt during a real live football match. It was interactive in that the audience performed the role of the football supporters within the stadium and the dancers acted out the story of the football match.

The dancers were asked to evaluate the day. Here are some of their recollections:

I really enjoyed working with children from other schools.

We were able to learn from each other.

It was so much fun. I wish we could come back next week

The whole day was really exciting! I was able to demonstrate lots of different dance moves.

Thank you St John’s for hosting a great event.

The Paths Children Take – ROH Bridge Annual Conference

On 27th June, the Partnership Manager attended the ROH Bridge Conference The Paths Children Take. This was a great opportunity to network with schools from other parts of London as well as with leading Arts organisations and to discuss the opportunities that the UK has for children and young people to access careers in and related to the Creative Industries. It was also a time to reflect on the value of the Arts across the curriculum and for young people’s well being. One in eleven jobs in the UK are in the Creative Industries and it is forecast as one of the most future-proofed areas in a climate where AI is likely to dominate and reduce job opportunities. The conference themes fit well with our new Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded programme Developing a Growth Mindset through the Arts.