Artsmark Celebration Week concluded today with two exciting visits to Artsmark schools in Bristol with Darren Jones MP and Kerry McCarthy MP.
The day started at Elmfield School for Deaf Children where Darren Jones MP and the RIO team got to watch a performance of several songs using sign language as part of a performance of Romeo and Juliet. This has involved translating between English and British Sign Language with creative flair. This unique approach to Shakespeare helps to develop confidence and bridges the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds. Elmfield is an established Special school for Deaf children from 2 to 16 years that has changed over the years to incorporate new ways of working with their group of deaf pupils who range from profound severe and moderate levels of deafness, some of whom have additional Special needs.
Elmfield registered with Artsmark as part of the Bristol Plays Music Pilot project. They registered with the award on the 13/6/2016 and submitted their Statement of Commitment on the 19/7/2016.
After the inspiring morning at Elmfield, it was off to Briarwood Primary School where the school had just received some exciting news; Briarwood had been awarded Artsmark Gold!
Briarwood is a Bristol school committed to providing a high quality of education, care and life for children and young people with severe learning difficulties, complex needs including autism and sensory impairment from 3-19 years.
Kerry McCarthy MP joined Briarwood school staff and the RIO team for a tour of the school and its new facilities, led by one of Briarwood’s own students. The tour included a stop at their newly-opening Post-16 facility where students were using state-of-the-art technology to make playing in an orchestra fully-accessible and inclusive. We even got to have a go ourselves! Thanks Bailey for showing us around!
During today’s visits both schools demonstrated how much Artsmark has stimulated creativity across the curriculum, the school, and the wider community. You couldn’t help but feel inspired by the incredible work the students had produced with pride and the astonishing passion and dedication of staff at both schools who were able to facilitate this. A perfect way to draw Artsmark Celebration Week to a close.