AN EXPLOSION of music and dance spread through a village primary school after it scooped a prestigious arts accolade.
Pupils at Great Whelnetham Primary mastered samba, djembe drumming, the didgeridoo, drama and singing during a fun-filled enrichment week.
The workshops, led by Bury based Arts 360, follow the school’s gold Artsmark from the Arts Council, which recognises the quality of their creative curriculum.
During the week, children chronicled their activities in journals under the direction of art practitioner Rebecca Guyver.
Headteacher Chris Lawson said: “We had the most amazing week.
“The arts engages children who find accessing the curriculum a little trickier. When it comes to journalling, they’re recording and writing in different ways. They access the work much more easily and readily.”
n Pupils at St Benedict’s School, in Bury St Edmunds, handed £760 to St Nicholas Hospice Care following a year of fund-raising.
Year 11 organised a variety of activities to collect money for the charity including cakes sales, charging pupils to throw sponges at teachers in stocks and a popular Harry Potter day.
They were inspired to raise funds for the charity after pupil Thomas Longbottom spent time at the hospice on work experience and decided he wanted to help.
n A WEALTH of local talent took to the stage for Finborough School’s first ever Volume Music Festival.
Performers included Ethan Ash, Elliot McCall, The Fascade, Overload and Amy Bennett.
The event, within the grounds of the school, in Great Finborough, was organised by sixth former Olivia Moore and money raised will benefit the Wooden Spoon charity.
n A GROUP of children at Great Barton Primary used pedal power to raise funds for a trip.
Ten pupils took part in a bike ride from the school gates to Honington to cover expenses for the visit to Kingswood adventure camp, in Norfolk, next month.
The ride was organised by nine-year-old Jeremy Pirt after pupils were challenged to think of unique fund-raising ideas to reach a £250 target.
They cycled seven miles to Honington for a picnic and seven miles back again while Jeremy completed an additional six miles. So far he has collected more than £300 and funds will be split between the trip and Cancer Research in the name of his aunt Gala Colover, who died aged 37 following a six year battle with the disease.
n THIRTY Year 9 students from County Upper visited a GSUS Live mobile classroom to investigate the teachings of Jesus. With special 3D glasses they watched a video on the themes of forgiveness, fear and rejection.
The students then worked in pairs on a computer on one of the themes using a multimedia programme.
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