LOCAL SCHOOLS AT WORK AND PLAY
Our young people are the future creative talent of our villages. That’s why our local schools are an important part of the Festival and we worked closely with teachers to encourage creativity through a series of special workshops and events within schools. The aim is to inspire children to have a go at activities outside the core curriculum and to showcase the talents of our young people during the Festival.
Local schools threw themselves into Festival activities - writing poems for Imagine Poetry, creating wonderful cygnets ready for the Big Sculpt, producing flying Origami, rehearsing for performances with Berkshire Maestros and getting moves together for the Festival FlashMob. Have a look at our galleries of photos and quotes to see what fun the children had!
Poems written by our school children are beinning to appear around the village. Goring Library now has a display of delightful poetry form Streatley & South Stoke schools so pop down and have a look .... And watch out for more appearing over the next week or so and during the Festival. Here's a small selection ...
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WRITING, FLASHMOB, ORIGAMI & SCULPTURE
Images by Rachel Smith
Goring Primary School
- Amy 8: It was groovy, cool and all you wanted.
- Osian 9: I really enjoyed the selfie and I found it really easy when I did the 'under the bar'.
- Tom 11: I thought Laura was a really fun teacher and I'm thinking about joining. It was really good fun and I really enjoyed it.
- Al 9: It was really fun and I'm thinking of joining.
- Erin 9: Laura was really upbeat and really fun. I found it really easy to dance and when we did the hard moves, I could do them.
- Abi 11: In short words, it was epic. It was really good fun and I've never done anything before that was quite so cool.
- Stella 11: I thought it was really fun and I really liked having Laura as a teacher. I've never done it before because I normally do ballet.
- Abigail 11: I really enjoyed it. I'm not a big fan of street dance but that helped me get into it again.
- Louis11: Usually dancing isn't really my thing but that was really fun and I really enjoyed it.
- Parent Goring School: It has been a great opportunity for my child to perform at such a high standard, at only 8 years old. He has loved being part of a mixed group of boys and girls of all ages and singing in parts with such a large choir. He has been humming the songs around the house and practising using the sign language, too. (He is really looking forward to the cake in the break!)
- Class teacher, Goring: Awesome. Really good fun. I want to go home now and teach it to my boys.
- Class teacher, Goring: Really good fun. Laura has really good skills and the background information was really interesting. All-round excellent idea.
- Mrs Lindsay: The workshop was brilliant, the children really enjoyed it!
- Lottie 12: It was a different experience and I don't do dance much but it was really fun!
- Maea 12: It was a really great experience; it was really nice to let loose.
- D Bryson, Teacher: It was a fantastic experience and we're so glad that Laura, an ex-pupil, could come to the school. It was great to have a professional dance teacher.
Checkendon Primary School
Art Club - Cygnet making with Suzannah Lovegrove:
- Emily 9: I thought it was really interesting and really fun. I thought Suzannah's idea with the pegs was really creative.
- Parent, Checkendon School: It's a fabulous opportunity for the children.
- Olivia 6: I enjoyed it when I did the kriss kross. Laura was great fun. The music was really good to dance to.
- Adam7: It was really good - I enjoyed it. My favourite bit was when we all came into the middle,
I thought it was a good thing to do.
- Class teacher, Checkendon School: It was great- the children really enjoyed it. Lots of them will want to go to the festival. Even for those who initially were unsure, it didn't take long before they joined in. It was really good that the teachers joined in, too.
South Stoke Primary School
- Sean 10: Oh it was amazing! I could unleash my prankster, gangster self!
- Daniel 10: I loved it; it was amazing. I'll be going to this class. See you there!
- Millie 11: I thought it was really good and everyone had lots of fun.
- Izzy 6: I really liked it because I liked doing it and it was nice and loud and I don't like quiet music
- Jack 11: I think it was really inspiring. It was music you could actually dance to and the music fitted in with all the moves
- Betsy 10: It was very, very fun. I liked it because it wasn't just fun for the older or younger ones, it was good for everyone, even the teachers!
- Teacher: It was very inclusive. The music was contemporary, so they were enthusiastic because it was something they could recognise. It is something they have really enjoyed.
Streatley Primary School
- James 7: I thought it was good. I liked folding the paper and doing the drawing.
- Fleur 8: It was very interesting, all the different folding and the different patterns on the paper.
- Elliot 6: I thought it was fun. At first I thought we were making a paper aeroplane and then it turned into a kite!
- Fergus 6: It was fun and it was good because we got to fold lots of paper and make lots of things.
Whitchurch Primary School
Cygnet making workshop with Kate Cheng
- Indra 5 1/4: This is really, really, really, really, really, really fun!
- Grace 8: I thought it was fun and easy, once I got the idea.
- Ellie 11: It was fun. We helped the little ones.
- Luke 10: I think it was really fun. I liked the type of dancing we did. It was tiring at the same time.
- Beth 9: I think I was really fun. Laura was really nice.
I liked the way there were lots of things we could do together; you weren't alone.
- George 10: I liked the strong modern music.
- Eve 11: I really liked the beat of the music when we were warming up and I liked the routine.
I liked Laura because she was really fun
- Mr. Chesters (teacher): It was very energetic, a high energy activity. The children were obviously very engaged, even those who potentially wouldn't join in. I thought it was useful to have the history of street dance. It gave it some context.
St Andrews School
Images by Barbara Newman
St Andrew's School- cygnets
- Sue Bridge, Head of art: It has been an exciting, inspirational project which has put us slightly out of our comfort zone but we learnt a lot and we're really happy with the results.
- Molly, 12: It was fun working with someone else.
- Jamie 12: It was very good to practise working as a team.
- Max 12: It was fun. ( Plastic bags are awesome!)