CAPTIVATING CARIBBEAN VISIT
CHALFONT St Peter Academy held a Caribbean themed arts week recently and invited actress, author and politician Floella Benjamin through its doors.
Her visit was said to be the highlight of the whole week as she provided an inspirational and thought provoking performance, encouraged the children to be ambitious, treat people well, to forgive and to focus their lives on doing good for others.
Floella told her life story, describing the hardships and racism she endured, which was the perfect follow up to her re-published book Coming To England.
The children also enjoyed a performance by poet Valerie Bloom, who had them all joining in with her poems and learning some patois, and she signed and sold poetry and story books.
Each class also had the opportunity to participate in steel drum workshops with visiting performers Shareen and Carlene, producing upbeat and tuneful performances.
The children also loved playing the plastic bamboo sticks, and dance expert Marchina led some workshops with creative style with every child performing a Caribbean sequence by the end of each session.
The children also produced pieces of artwork from tropical fish to carnival masks, Caribbean paintings on canvas, collages of beach scenes and pirate boats.
Arts leader Brenda Meek said: “It has been a fantastic week, filled with creativity and opportunities to explore the arts.
“It certainly makes the hard work of organising the event worthwhile when watching the children’s delighted faces and hearing their comments that it is the best week of the school year.
“Baroness Floella Benjamin impressed us all with her warmth and humour, holding the children and staff spellbound for well over an hour.
“She encapsulated many of our school values such as kindness, respect and generosity within her presentation, encouraging the children to aim high and be thankful for their education. “Arts Week showcases our school’s approach to the arts and we shall be applying to maintain our Artsmark Gold Award next year.”
Highlight: Baroness Floella Benjamin visits Chalfont St Peter Academy