The outstanding outreach projects run during the past year, including music, art and creative writing programmes, working with Park and South Molton Community Schools, has been recognised in the Independent Schools’ Awards for 2019.
Aspirations and dreams were the themes for our Aspiring Futures outreach art programme, where students from across North Devon were asked to think about their hopes and dreams for the future, then creating collectively a beautiful sculpture which hangs outside our 150 building. The programme was orchestrated by Head of Art, Cameron Main, who was delighted with the level of commitment and focus shown by all the students.
Another of our outreach projects, managed by Director of Music, Emma Kent and the North Devon Sinfonia, brought together aspiring young musical talents throughout the region. Receiving guidance and tuition from some of the region’s leading musicians, the students spent the day perfecting their techniques and learning to play together, culminating in a performance in the evening.
The creative writing programme was held over a number of Saturdays, when students from Park and South Molton joined with our own students, to learn about different writing techniques and how to bring their writing to life. As well as working with Katie Hill, our Head of English, the students really enjoyed listening to our Artist in Residence and children’s book illustrator, Joseph Witchall, as he explained how animation could enhance their descriptive writing.
The project culminating in the production of a fantastic book of all the children’s work and illustrations.