September Newsletter

Dear Friends,

September is upon us, the days are getting shorter and summer seems to bob a curtsy in a final farewell with a balmy passage toward autumn.  Despite the school holidays, we’ve had a busy August as our digital programme winds down and we curate the witty, poignant and magical submissions that our club members have sent us.  We’re excited about the start of a new school year and picking up with our after-school club members while we’re keen to welcome a team of new volunteers into the Little Green Pig family.  Take a break and have a read of our latest news….

Wild Wild World
Fanfare and fireworks!  We are thrilled to share our latest online publication, Wild Wild World with you, the second edition in our digital programme celebrating the work our club members have worked on since lockdown and the closure of schools.  With Wild Wild World, we asked the children to reflect on our slowed pace of life and consider how reduced human activity might affect nature and the environment.  Their interpretations of the theme and weekly writing prompts have produced both positive and concerned responses but throughout their work is a passion and vibrancy of imagination that reminds us why creative writing is such a vital  form of expression.

Enjoy at your leisure; you’ll meet some of the most fantastic characters in the most wonderful and bizarre settings.  You’ll find our current pandemic translated to a computer virus in a well-known supermarket chain, you’ll meet vigilante seagulls who save the human race and perhaps most importantly, you’ll hear a plea from our children to get our collective act together and look after our planet… for the sake of our wildlife and their future.

 

 

Transitions

It’s long been an ambition of our Learning and Engagement Manager, Adam Webb, to address what he’s seen (and we as parents, carers, educators and volunteers instinctively feel) as a gap in provision, supporting particularly vulnerable children to manage the transition from primary to secondary school.  Navigating labyrinth buildings, friendship groups and complex peer dynamics, fears of bullying and simply having to remember all that stuff each day can rack up huge anxiety.  With the added dimensions that missed learning and saying goodbye to friends and teaching staff brought with lockdown and the closure of shared spaces, for many the distress of starting secondary school was acute.

With funds secured through Arts Council England’s Emergency Fund, Little Green Pig was able to hold two 3-hour sessions with six of our regular club members in a face to face setting that met with social distancing requirements.  It allowed the children to fully explore their fears, hopes and ambitions and take the time to write a letter to their future self.  Transitions provided a valuable opportunity to pilot targeted workshops and allowed Adam and volunteers to scope the potential for developing this as an extended programme of LGP’s work which we’re truly excited about.

 

And finally, Sir Ken Robinson; thank you…and goodnight 

Since his untimely passing on 21 August, there have been many tributes paid to the unique and indomitable Sir Ken Robinson, a champion of the arts and a disruptor determined to challenge our education system he characterized as a factory machine.
Sir Ken Robinson was a pioneering voice that advocated for creativity to be woven into the heart of educational practice.  Best known for his 2006 TED talk ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity’, viewed over 60 million times by an estimated 380 million people across 160 countries, he argued “I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new concept of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mined our minds in the way we strip-mined the earth for a particular commodity. We have to rethink the fundamental principles in which we are educating our children.”

He was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principle Voices’; acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of the ‘world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation’ and ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers.  In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. Sir Ken Robinson embodied the mission and values of Little Green Pig and he remains one of our spiritual heroes whom we applaud and salute.

We look forward to sharing more news with you in October!