Welcome to our August newsletter; bringing you, we hope (!), a shaft of buoyant light in an otherwise grizzly British summer. It’s been a phenomenally busy month as we hosted end of term parties at our After School Clubs and bade a very fond farewell to our year 6 pupils, in addition to running a raft of enriching projects. We’ve launched an upscaled Transitions programme following our pilot last year, supporting year 6 pupils from London Meed Primary School to manage expectations and potential anxieties around their graduation to Burgess Hill Academy. After School Club members are working on a heritage project filling a time capsule with messages, stories and recipes for future generations to discover, while we plan the relaunch of our Tuesday Club at Moulsecoomb Primary School welcoming year 3 – 6’s from the local community including Coldean and Bevendean.
We look forward to sharing more on these projects in coming months but for now, grab an ice lolly and read on for news on Monday Club sharing, our BrightSTAR residency at West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School and the inaugural run of our Hidden Histories programme at Patcham High School.
BrightSTAR at West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School
Writer and poet Akila Richards worked alongside multi-media artist Jade Hylton, involving thirteen pupils to tease out their personal stories, considering the qualities, beliefs and values; learnt or nurtured, that makes them who they are. Through creative writing methodologies, drawing and clay modelling, the young people explored their identities which they’ll share with fellow pupils, staff, parents and carers in an exhibition curated within the school library when covid restrictions allow. As part of the project, we’ve asked four authors and artists of colour to create masterclasses in their specialisms that broader audiences of young people can access to build their skills and confidence in writing. Check the Little Green Pig Youtube channel over coming weeks for Jade’s tips on creating a self portrait with clay, Akila’s suggestions for writing about rituals, ceremonies and celebrations, poet & playwright Tanaka Mhishi’s advice on autobiographical writing, and graphic artist Inko Tai Akita showing us how to draw a Manga character.
Hidden Histories was made possible with funding from Arts Council England and the WE Foundation.