Warren Primary School is proud to be part of Thurrock Trailblazer.
Thurrock Trailblazer boosts creative learning in schools and accelerates pupils’ development. It is an innovative programme of high quality arts and cultural activities, visits to heritage sites and specialist teacher training.
The Royal Opera House works with local, regional and national arts organizations in partnership with Thurrock Council to deliver cultural education in Thurrock.
Create and Sing and Little Amal Project
The Royal Opera House welcomed Little Amal as part of Good Chance Theatre’s The Walk — offering her a bed for the night on Saturday 23 October. The 3.5 metre-tall puppet, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company, spent the eve of her tenth birthday in the stunning Paul Hamlyn Hall, being sung and danced to sleep by artists from across the capital. The event, attended by refugee groups from across London, was one of over 100 making up The Walk – a visionary travelling festival, produced by Good Chance Theatre, that brings together celebrated artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organisations in an act of solidarity with the displaced, and in defiance of the borders that endanger their lives.
The cane and carbon-fibre puppet travelled 8,000 km – from the borders of Syria to the UK – in search of her mother, representing the urgent needs of young refugees. From the 22 - 25 October, Little Amal made her way across London, taking part in events at, among others, The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Somerset House, and the V&A. Beginning at 11.15 pm on Saturday 23 October, the Royal Opera House’s programme — A Bed for the Night — brought together world-class artists from both resident companies, alongside several collaborators from across the capital. Many of the performers have experienced forced displacement themselves.
One of the highlights of this evening was the film which pupils from our school worked on.
It was displayed on the large screen behind Little Amal. You can find the video below along with photos from the three days which were spent preparing and filming.
Graffiti Art workshop
Year 6 pupils enjoyed their Trailblazers Graffiti Art workshop with Breakin’ Convention artist Stef who encourages pupils to develop their ideas and take risks in their designs. An enthusiastic group of pupils spent some time learning about the history of aerosol art, stencilling, colouring and styling of Graffiti and then had the opportunity to practice and perfect these styles on paper. They then spent 1 ½ hours creating a personalised piece of art using the various materials. They were thrilled to be able to design and produce a creative piece of work!
West African storytelling workshop
Year Two were lucky enough to be involved in a West African storytelling workshop, as part of our work with Thurrock Trailblazer. The children had the opportunity to listen to tales, performed by Dr. H. Patten. He truly brought the stories to life and had the children hooked from the first second. The children certainly enjoyed this experience and have even used this within their own storytelling on the playground.
Chance to Dance – Royal Opera House Year 3 2018-2019
All Year 3 pupils have had the fantastic opportunity this year to participate in the Create and Dance lessons offered by the ROH. Pupils were able to develop movement patterns that involved jumping and leaping, motifs and sequences, which culminated in a creative dance performance to staff and OFSTED.
Artists from the ROH Covent Garden then selected 25 Year 3 pupils who continued with weekly sessions in school with Lead Artist, Miss Diane Clifford. These weekly lessons improved endurance, stamina, body awareness and physical self-control.
They also travelled to Covent Garden for 5 days during the Easter Holidays and participated in the Easter holiday showcase. During the May half term pupils and staff relished the invitation to watch a dress rehearsal of ‘The Firebird’ at the ROH in Covent Garden and were eager to perform their version of the ‘The Firebird and the egg’.
Warren Primary was specially selected and invited as the only school in Thurrock to perform at a symposium event in the Linbury Theatre on Monday 1st July which was designed to engage the dance industry in a discussion about broadening access to ballet for young people. It was the launch the new Chance to Dance programme and they were absolutely brilliant. They showed a range of flexibility in the motion with expressive facial and body movements!