29 March 2018
The Royal Junior School celebrated its first Arts Week from 12-16 March by taking the children on an artistic journey around the world.
The week opened with a wonderful Family Fiesta featuring solo, duets and full family ensembles that could rival the von Trapp family; midweek, the rumble of Samba drums reverberated throughout the school and Prep 3 and 4 took part in the incredible Voice In A Million, singing alongside 5,000 other school children at Wembley Arena and the week closed with Prep 2 leading a wonderful assembly with the celebratory feel of a Brazilian carnival.
Children across the school learned an array of dances, including Indian Bollywood dance, traditional folk dancing, Brazilian Samba and some children took a trip back in time to learn the French Charleston.
In Art, Mrs Mintoft brought her experiences of working with the acclaimed British designer, Alexander McQueen, to The Royal Junior School, helping the children design and create some striking fabric house banners which will take pride of place in the foyer of Hindhead Court. Pupils also took advantage of our lovely outdoor environment, collecting foliage from the school grounds to create tactile weavings in ‘Earth Looms’, drawing the children’s attention to the beautiful colours of the natural world on our doorstep. Meanwhile, Prep 1 children ‘flew’ to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, becoming mini Michelangelos as they drew pictures ‘upside down’ under the tables, whilst Prep 2 nipped across to Russia, taking a leaf out of Kandinsky’s book by listening to Richard Wagner as they painted with a variety of tools to create a bold and expressive, collaborative work of abstract art.
Several year groups headed ‘down under’ to Australia to explore Aboriginal Art, and every child from Comets to Prep 6 spent time contributing to a stunning selection of stained glass effect windows designed to recognise values closer to home, our 7Cs and our school motto ‘Per Aspera Ad Astra – Through Challenge To The Stars’.
Mrs Kerrie Daunter, Head of the Junior School, said, “Believe it or not, all of what is described above is a mere ‘snapshot’ of the varied activities that took place across the Junior School this week. Special thanks go to Mr Ewbank, Mr Taylor-Gooby and parents for their involvement and Mrs Causton and Mrs Davy for helping to organise the week. It was a fantastic event!”