What is Beech Hill Arts Council?
Our Beech Hill Arts Council is a group of pupils from Years 3, 4,5 and 6 who are passionate about the arts subjects: Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Art. These pupils have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in their chosen artforms in conjunction with strong communication skills. They were chosen to represent the views of all pupils and to further improve the arts at Beech Hill School. From Reception to Years 1 and 2, each class has a specially selected Arts Ambassador.
What do we do?
The Beech Hill Arts Council will meet with Miss Brambani (Arts Lead) to discuss and implement ideas for expanding arts provision in the school. The Beech Hill Arts Council will feed back to the Governor for the arts, whole school staff and the pupils through a half termly blog. Here, they will report on the things that have been going on that half term and make suggestions for improvement. Pupils will take on leadership roles within the clubs and activities relevant to their skills and provide support in planning and carrying out tasks. They also take part in staff CPD at Beech Hill and our partnership schools.
What makes us a good Arts Council?
- Regular opportunities to feedback to staff and other pupils though the Blog and Seesaw.
- All art forms are equally represented, and the pupils chosen have demonstrated commitment to the arts over a long period of time.
- They understand their roles and communicate effectively with adults and pupils
Year 5 worked with the artist Frank Darnley, who is based at Dean Clough, to create ‘Night Market’ inspired artwork to be displayed in the windows at the Piece Hall. The children worked collaboratively on 6 foot by 3 foot pieces of tracing paper to make the stained glass window art. Other local primary and secondary schools also took part in the project. The artwork will be displayed in the Piece Hall over the Christmas period.
Year 2 – Residential Scavenger Hunt Art
During their residential at Nell Bank, the year 2 children went on a scavenger hunt to find both natural and unnatural objects around them. Afterwards, they made this abstract piece of art. Well done, year 2.
Feedback and comments from people at the event included:
“This event would have been nothing without your wonderful children”
“You were so great and we loved your performance!”
“The children did a fantastic job and it was great to see their enthusiasm!”
Year 2 dance performance- St. Lucian dance
Year 2 took part in a St. Lucian unit of dance with our dance teacher in resident. They looked at the culture, climate and traditions of St Lucia, and created a routine. They also looked at an influential woman footballer of St Lucia, and brought inspiration from her into the performance. Enjoy the performance below.
Year 5 had a workshop that explored the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. Through drama such as freeze frames, thought tracking and short role play activities the children got an insight into day to day Mayan life, their beliefs, culture and sport. They re-enacted Mayan sacrifice and found out about the injustice between girls and boys. Pok-A-Tok was a ball game they used to play and the children enjoyed finding out about it. They weren’t impressed that the losing teams would be sacrificed though!
The Dance Club were involved in a National Dance Competition called The Great Big Primary Dance Off. Well done to all the girls who took part! They came 5th out of 11 school in the Regional Heats.
“We were inspired by a beautiful poem about the countryside in our local area. We did an abstract, contemporary piece of dance where the children choreographed and improvised the movements to match the words and the music in a response to the way the poem made us feel about the environment. The children tried to show the importance of caring for and respecting our environment as the climate changes.” Miss Wilcox, Dance Teacher.