FOREST DAY AT ALDINGBOURNE
On a beautifully sunny day 10 year 6 children worked with partner’s from Earthworks at Aldingbourne creating ‘Green Man’ sculptures on the trees in the Woodland using clay and natural items such as leaves, twigs and feathers. They then made ‘journey sticks’ by binding items on to bamboo sticks with wool and string.
Aldingbourne is a wonderful place for a family outing so do consider it over the summer holiday and see if you can see our ‘Green Men’ on the trees in the Woodland.
Aiden, Dilan, Kady, Tillie, Owen and Tobias from Year 6 did a great job as ambassadors for our school at the Worthing and Adur Eco-Summit at Worthing High School which was attended by over 300 pupils from schools across the county.
The event theme was ‘Getting Back To Nature’ and was part of the E.Y.E (Eco, Young and Engaged) Project.
During the course of the day the children took part in the workshops ‘Discover the Dark Side of the Downs’ in which they became dark skies mini-explorers, finding out about fantastic nocturnal wildlife on the South Downs which is an international Dark Skies Reserve and each child made a model bat! ‘Water Filtering’ was led by a team from Southern Water and the children experimented with different methods and substances in an attempt to filter water. In the afternoon they took part in ‘Building Success!’ run by The Weald and Downland’ living museum and in which they worked on a large scale model of the award winning Gridshell building using many natural materials and sustainability principles. Finally, in the ‘Solar Racer Workshop’ they had to construct and race a solar powered car considering aerodynamics and drag to produce a vehicle that was more energy efficient.
It was a fascinating day.....lots of ideas were brought back to school for future projects here!
ARTS AWARDS SUCCESS!
Congratulations to the following children who have been awarded certificates from Trinity College London for successfully completing ‘Arts Awards Discover’ which is a nationally recognised award for young people with a particular interest in the arts.
Lily, Tobias, Elliot, Annie, Suzanna, Miles, Olivia, Innis, Alexander, Lola, Dilan, Sasha and Red.
We have greatly enjoyed the contribution your art has made to the displays around the school; thank you. Keep on with your beautiful art work at High School.
SCHOOL GARDENING COMPETITION
On a beautifully sunny day the school grounds were looking at their best and Dilan, Elliot, Finley John, Lily, Red and Tobias made a great job of ‘tour guides’. The four judges were particularly impressed by John and Finley’s explanation of how they planted fennel seeds, by Dilan and Tobias’s knowledge of butterflies and wildflowers in the Woodland area, Elliot’s explanation of the ‘Pollination Promise’ and Lily and Red’s knowledge of fruit and vegetable growing and how they had been involved since year 3. Year 3’s fruit and vegetable raised beds and herb garden outside the classrooms were much admired.
Children from Years 2 and 6 used wonderfully eye catching colours of paint to decorate birdboxes and masks which will brighten up both our Quad Garden and also the garden area at Angmering Station.
Bringing art to Angmering Station is part of our Community Railway project and these items, along with Spring themed craft items made by Year 4, were taken to the station by the crafters and will enhance the platform environment. Look out for the new project ‘Sidetracked’ next time you travel by train.
We were asked by Hobbycraft as a school if we would like to do a display in their Rustington store.The theme was 'Summer'.
Hobbycraft gave us 7 large canvases , 1 for each year group to work their magic. The outcome as you can see was bright and summery.
GEORGIAN GARDENS MAKES AN EGGSHIBITION OF ITSELF!
For many years one of the seasonal highlights for the school’s community is the end of the spring term’s ’EGGSHIBITION EGGSTRAVANGANZA’.
A week before the end of term every child in the school is given a very ordinary, small, white, polystyrene egg together with the challenge “create a piece of art work with the egg as the central feature; use as many different materials as you like and be as creative as you can”........the children never fail to amaze and impress with their creations! It is definitely one of the year’s most popular pieces of ‘homework’!
A First, Second and Third Prize (chocolate Easter Eggs of course!) are awarded to the winning entrants in each year group. Every child’s effort is celebrated in a whole school assembly when the main prizes are presented.
Year 6 children help to display the creations in the school hall and the eggshibition is then viewed by the whole school before a ‘judging panel’ has the unenviable task of selecting winners.
There is great eggscitement when the competitors are invited back into the Hall to see if they have eggcelled; resulting in a prize winning card by their entry.
This year’s entries ranged from topic inspired ones such as Year 5’s Greek Medusa and Zeus, through environmental issues being tackled “Climate change is threatening the polar bears’ habitat; we don’t want them to become eggstinct” to a depiction of a best selling children’s book David Walliams’ ‘Grandpa’s Great Eggscape’ in which the egg was cleverly crafted into the WW2 flying ace and positioned in the book.
The eggshibition also challenged visitors to spot the egg disguised, among other things, as a squirrel, a hedgehog, a spaceman, a bird in a tree, Treasure Island’s egg in an oyster, a crock of gold at the end of a rainbow and even a teacher......
What a great, creative start to the Easter holidays!
Daisy-Mai and Ben from Year 5 helped to decorate our Easter Tree. Happy Easter to everyone.
CAKE SALE SUCCESS!
Many thanks to all bakers (and cake eaters!) who helped to make the cake sale organised by the Year 6 ‘Arts Awards’ Group such a great success.
£97.40 was raised which will be given to the Aldingbourne charity ‘Earthworks’ Group who are one of our art partnerships.
Textiles day at Anne of Cleves House in Lewes
Families from our school had a great day exploring Tudor textile work in the authentic setting of Anne of Cleves House.
Adults and children experienced spinning wool from fleece and weaving using a variety of yarns on wooden looms. They also learned how to stitch samplers using black stitch work. “We managed to learn so many new things.!” “My favourite activity was spinning;at first it was tricky but I soon got the hang of it” “it must have been great to wear clothes that you had made yourself from your own sheep fleeces.” “
Aldingbourne Art Buddies
Another successful workshop session took place in school with a group of clients from Aldingbourne joining our children to create some wonderful pieces of art work. Tiles were decorated and pieces completed just in time for Mothering Sunday. The clay work which had been fired and glazed at the centre were returned to the children. “Wow, it looks fantastic, I am so proud of it” being the general feeling of all participants.
Art Buddies Partnership Flourishes
Now in its fourth year the art partnership between Georgian Gardens Community Primary School and Earthworks at Aldingbourne Country Centre continues to strengthen, bringing creative fun for all involved. Over the years the children from the school and the clients attending Earthworks at Aldingbourne have formed friendships through regularly creating art together in both venues. Supporting each other they have experimented with many arts and crafts and, amongst other things, created cards, designed and painted mugs, made felted pictures and objects, worked with clay to create a variety of ceramic objects and used mixed media to create collaged pictures. Gill Hunter Nudds (Coordinator of Earthworks) shares her thoughts ........ “The Partnership that we have formed is so very valuable to the Earthworks Group in so many ways, promoting confidence, friendship and shared creativity between ourselves and the school. The group loves, and looks forward to, our workshops together” . Deirdre
Carolin (Arts Coordinator)......”Art has a high profile at our school where we see it as being accessible to all and a means of expressing ideas and feelings, in addition to learning new skills and producing art of which we are proud. We have a particular strength in community art projects and cross generational art which we feel brings benefits to all. Our partnership with Aldingbourne is the perfect example of this and continues to develop and grow. We are grateful to Alex David and Grace Sims (volunteers at the school) whose commitment has helped to make the
project such a success.”
Pupils at the school sum up their experiences.....”the workshops are really good fun, I love being at Aldingbourne, it makes me feel happy”. “I like all the activities we have done together but my favourite thing was when Gill helped us make bird nests from materials we found in the woods and then clay birds to put in them and told us the story of the wren’s feather”. “I am always proud of the things I make and it is fun to take them home like when Mrs
Carolin showed everyone how to make felted soaps.” “I enjoy working with our friends from Aldingbourne when they come to our school and we share our ideas with them and make coffee and biscuits for them.” “I love the things our friends from Aldingbourne make for us and I especially liked the printed bag I was given and secondly liked the woolly sprout which was really clever!” “Gill is really kind and explains how to make the things so that our clay turns out really well.” With such positive results everyone involved will ensure that this project thrives and benefits all the ‘Art Buddies’.
Recycle your ‘Spring Clean’!
We will all soon be looking forward to the Spring weather! With the change of season will come ‘The Spring Clean’. When you have a clear out of wardrobes and cupboards please remember that outgrown and unwanted items (BOOKS, C.Ds, CLOTHES, SHOES, CURTAINS AND BRIC A BRAC) can be recycled in our school container and help raise funds for both our school and also for The Rockinghorse Trust which provides resources for sick children in Sussex.
The collections in November and December raised £122.40 for our school. THANK YOU!
Experimenting with colour and form at Pallant House
A Family Art Weekend Workshop at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester started with viewing a variety of abstract paintings, prints and collages by a range of artists currently exhibited in the Gallery’s Print Room and, after a morning of experimenting with inks, paints, brushes, rollers and sprays, ended with a fantastic collection of colourful paintings and prints. Well done to all artists.....of all ages! Watch out for the works of art which will be on display in school.
Year 6 help our community to Travel Safely
Next time you travel by train from Angmering Station do look out for for the new artwork in The Booking Office. The Year 6 posters produced during ‘Rail Safety Week’ make an eye catching display and put across very effectively the very important features of how to travel safely by train.
CHRISTMAS AT ALDINGBOURNE
A very successful year of partnership workshops with our children creating craft with clients from Aldingbourne Country Centre culminated with a wonderfully festive session of clay work at the centre.
DRESSING THE TREE AT ANGMERING STATION
Children from North Lane and Sumerlea Schools joined a group of our children from Year 4 to ‘dress the tree’ at Angmering Station. The decorations were all hand made by the children and received many positive comments from both the Station Staff and travellers. One lady commented that “it really feels Christmassy now!”
There is also a display of our children’s art work on three display boards along the platform so remember to look out for our art work over the festive season.
BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE MUSEUM!
On November 17th children from Year 5 in Georgian Gardens C.P School in Rustington (along with Mrs. Scantlebury from NADFAS and Mrs. Carolin, their teacher) took part in ‘Kids In Museums Takeover Day’. Each year on that day thousands of young people all over Britain ‘takeover’ museums both large and small, getting a glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ and are also given the opportunity to try out some of the jobs essential for the smooth running of the establishments.
The children learnt that Rustington Museum holds many people’s treasures, books and photographs and that, in that way, Rustington’s history is celebrated.
They experienced, at first hand, the many rules and regulations a curator of a museum must adhere to, to ensure safe and respectful handling of all artefacts (whether gifted or loaned) and that legal paperwork has to be issued for every item in the museum’s possession.
The children then took responsibility for accessioning a newly gifted embroidered postcard that was created by a soldier in World War 1.
Under Julie’s guidance they entered it into the register, tagged it and securely wrapped it ready for safe storage so that it could be tracked for easy referencing.
During the session they also took part in a guided tour of the museum’s exhibitions and discussed the sorts of displays and labels that help visitors to get the most from a visit.
“I really enjoyed being part of ‘Kids In Museums’. I had a great experience. I particularly enjoyed writing the accession form for a World War 1 hand embroidered Christmas Card that was sewn by a soldier to send home to Rustington. “
“I got to talk on a radio on ‘shop-watch’ and that gave me an idea of one of the jobs in a museum. I am really pleased that I went to the museum as part of the project.”
“Overall the museum was very interesting and I will definitely come again.i recommend ‘Kids In Museums’ Day to everyone.”
“I found out there arelots of jobs in a museum that you wouldn’t think of (like filling out accession forms and writing tags for every item) and lots of artefacts that are stored away because they can’t all be displayed. It was very interesting. It is Museum worth going to.”
“It was fun sitting in the curator’s chair at the desk in the office!”
It was a very busy (but extremely enjoyable and informative) morning, and one in which the children realised just how much goes on ‘behind the scenes in our museum to keep it running smoothly!
Good News! We have won the Fair Trade 'Design a Tshirt competition' that was launched in the summer. The link below will take you to the publication where you can see the winning entries!
Art Day at Lewes Castle
On a beautifully sunny day 27 adults and children spent a fascinating day exploring the 1,000 year old Lewes Castle and it’s panoramic views across East Sussex. One ancient part of the castle contained clothes of the period and the children had great fun dressing in them, imagining living at that time!Artefacts from the adjoining Museum of Sussex Archaeology provided inspiration for the clay workshop in which we all created clay tiles, pots and faces. Handling the ancient pieces of pottery was a wonderful privilege and the experience led to some superbly creative pieces