Pupils get cre­ative and take on new chal­lenges

Week of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude art ther­apy at Grange­wood school

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

PUPILS at Grange­wood spe­cial needs school in East­cote en­joyed a fun­packed ‘cre­ative week’ filled with ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances.

Funded by the Arts Coun­cil, the week’s events saw young­sters tackle new chal­lenges from cooking and danc­ing – sup­ported by Hare­field Dance Academy and Fu­tin­ity – to theatre and pup­pets.

They also dec­o­rated bricks and made a gi­ant sculp­ture.

Chil­dren took part in art ther­apy ses­sions with Maggie Bull, paid for by The Moor Park Young Peo­ple Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion and worked with ‘No Added Sugar’ artists on the sculp­ture.

The week’s fi­nale on Fri­day May 22 saw the sculp­ture be­ing un­veiled on the school grounds, with a con­cert and per­for­mances from the RAF Orches­tra, G21, a young band from Hare­field Academy and Dan Egan.

Caro­line Aplin, a teacher at the school in Fore Street, said: “The chil­dren en­joyed cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties all day and their amaz­ing art pieces were ex­hib­ited in the school hall for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and par­ents to come and see.

“We cel­e­brated in true Grange­wood style and held the un­veil­ing of our struc­tures in our school colours which take pride of place out­side the school build­ing.”

n LAUNCH: Grange­wood prin­ci­ple John Ayres of­fi­cially opens ‘cre­ative week’

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n UN­VEIL­ING: Teacher Hi­lary McDer­mott, pupil Gabby and teacher Caro­line Aplin

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