Our creative arts partnership with The Iffley Academy has been flourishing since our wonderful art exhibition in April 2019. Since then we have been branching out into other artistic forms and this term we have been delighted to host dance and music workshops for Iffley’s Year 7 and 8 students, run by Sixth Form students from St Helen’s.
Students clearly enjoyed the opportunities to learn a dance sequence in a new space and try out different instruments such as the xylophone. Exercises such as improvising a tune and keeping a drumming rhythm going were fearlessly embraced. It was an important experience for Iffley students to learn how to trust adults and peers in a new situation. Similarly, the Sixth Form leaders enjoyed working in new ways and engaging with such enthusiastic learners.
Perhaps the highlight of the whole experience was the beautiful handmade cards received after the workshops, with wonderful messages inside:
“Thank you for being kind and fantastic at teaching us dance. I love working with you.”
“Thank you for everything, it was awesome being in your school, it was the best experience I’ve ever had and hope to do it again one day. And Harvey enjoyed it too.”