As you know we are trying to raise the profile of art in North Ealing. The Cultural Education Partnership(CEP) launched an Ealing Arts Charter on the 10th of January 2023.
Nicola P and I attended a launch meeting last month and signed up as at some point we would like to gain an Arts ‘ Mark for the school!’
This month, Schools were invited to submit a video sharing an artistic response to the Ealing Cultural Manifesto with the focus “what creative change means to me, my generation, my school”.
The video is used to launch and promote Ealing’s Cultural Manifesto
Nicola P decided to enter NEPS. She and Sue B spent a lot of their own time creating this video with a few of the children in Year 3&4.
Our entry managed to secure second place and some prize money – £500 to spend on art-related resources (in the application we said we would spend any winnings on exhibiting art e.g., creating gallery-style viewings)!
A big thank you to Nicola P and Sue B for persevering with this and getting it finalised in such a short space of time.
Yesterday evening Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty the Queen, the longest reigning monarch. As the United Kingdom enters into a period of national mourning, we will be taking the time to reflect on the life of Queen Elizabeth II during her incredible reign of 70 years.
Her Majesty passed away at the age of 96 having spent 70 years on the throne and was part of many people’s lives from childhood to adulthood. While death is not an easy topic to discuss, the passing of one who was such a big part of the nation and the world will be a particularly sensitive topic, especially for children. However, at school, we will be keeping the memory of Queen Elizabeth alive and will be broaching the subject in a sensitive manner.
This morning we held an assembly for children, where we displayed pictures of Queen Elizabeth II and sang our jubilee song in honour of her. We spoke about the sadness that many people will be feeling and that for many, the passing of the Queen will affect them deeply but for others, it may not affect them in the same way, and that this is ok.
We appreciate that the younger children may not fully understand what it means to die and that it is important for adults to talk openly to support the children. To aid children’s understanding of death, it is important to be open and honest and answer any questions they may have using clear and simple language that is age appropriate.
If you need any further support, there are plenty of charity websites to support discussions with children around death and bereavement.
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