The Minerva Learning Trust intend to hold an Annual Celebration of the Arts. Preparation for the event, which will be in February 2017 are underway as pupils from all of the four schools come together to explore the goddess Minerva and to develop a modern slant on the original story.
Pupil voice is at the heart of the Trust’s philosophy of learning and therefore it was only right that it would be our young people who began to develop the plan for this event. The planning began at a student writers workshop on the 19th September at the Sir John Colfox Academy led by Trustee and former teacher, David Powell. The students shared their understanding of the legend with each other before working together to develop a story that would form the background narrative to the celebration in February. Some Sir John Colfox Academy sixth formers who helped lead the workshop are now completing the story and I early November the pupils will come together to shape the narrative into a performance that will include drama, dance, song, poetry and visual art.
David Powell said “At a time when resourcing the Arts is under pressure nationally the MLT is demonstrating that we see the importance of all young people accessing and enjoying the Arts and developing the creative skills that can enhance their wider learning. “
Overall it was a great success and the young people worked well together to create an updated version of the legend that sees Minerva reappearing in our world today to help us tackle problems.