Minerva Learning Trust inaugural Celebration of the Arts
Schools in The Minerva Learning Trust had their first joint Celebration of the Arts at Freshwater Holiday Park on 9th February 2017. The event brought together pupils of all ages to showcase the music, art, drama and dance skills in the schools.
The evening was co-ordinated by David Powell, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and centred around ideas developed by the pupils. They used their recent Roman history lessons and Rights Respecting Schools ideas, based on the Rights of the Child, and linked these to the statue of Minerva currently in the Literary and Scientific Institute. In the drama the statue comes to life to empower young people to acts of kindness to improve the world around them.
Initial ideas were developed in creative writing workshops with primary school pupils and sixth formers. All music and dance sections were original and each school then came together to perform on the evening.
Burton Bradstock School recited poetry and choreographed a dance. Bridport Primary School also developed a dance for the evening and entertained the audience with a song about the various Roman Gods and Goddesses. Actors from the Sir John Colfox Academy played Minerva (Ellie Taylor), the Owl (Jordan Hayter) and the “Girl” who summoned Minerva (Jade Farrington).
Narrators from all four schools filled in the details and historical background and made sure the audience were aware of the basic story and how it related to present day values. A slideshow supported the theme of the evening and celebrated how much money has been raised for charity by pupils and their parents. Donations were collected for Crisis Classroom, which is a charity supporting education of refugee children.
The Minerva Learning Trust Choir, encompassing children aged from 7 to 17, and supported by Lauren Glover, sang original pieces composed by David Powell, Emma Batchelor and Sammy Hurden. “It was fantastic to have such a range of voices and experience in the choir,” said Lauren Glover. “It felt like a real community coming together and was a very exciting project for Bridport”.
“With over two hundred children involved there were many challenges” said David Powell. “It was wonderful to see how all schools pulled together to bring off the successful evening performance. This is the key to our Trust. Schools working in genuine partnership to overcome challenges and improve learning for all children.”
Photos by May Smith