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St Paul's Aims For Artsmark Award

Dancers at Pedalling the Tracks

St Paul’s Catholic School has started a journey to achieve the Arts Council England’s Artsmark award and demonstrate that the school is making art and culture come alive for pupils, staff and the wider community.

Greg Maw, Assistant Headteacher at St Paul’s, said:  “Through striving to achieve the Artsmark award we intend to show our commitment to ensuring that art and culture play a significant role within pupils’ experiences in school.  We have already undertaken a number of exciting artistic and cultural activities and have many more planned.”

Highlights have included a school production of Matilda the Musical, as part of the RSC’s Change My Story education programme, in conjunction with Milton Keynes Theatre.  St Paul’s was chosen to be a Matilda Champion School and the Drama and Music Departments and cast worked closely with directors, choreographers and musical directors from the RSC to prepare for their show.  The musical, which played for three nights, had the best attendances of any school production.

St Paul’s Music Department worked with five Catholic primary schools in Milton Keynes to put on ‘A Celebration of Song’ at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in Central Milton Keynes.  The event saw the six schools sing together, opening with Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Feeling Groovy’ and ‘Only You’ written by Vince Clarke and originally a hit for his group, Yazoo.  Individual schools then took turns to give solo performances of two songs each that included a mix of contemporary songs and religious music.  For the finale the schools joined once more for a rousing rendition of Walter Hawkins’ famous gospel song ‘Going Up A Yonder’.  The performances delighted the audience of over 200 people.

The school has successfully completed a Drama and mental health project with Artis Foundation, a creative learning charity that uses the performing arts to create magical learning experiences.  A film called ‘You, Me, Together’ was made for Artis and was premiered at a launch event held at St Paul’s.

More than 20 students also took part in a weekend project ‘Pedalling the Tracks’, led by dance company MOTUS, which explored Milton Keynes’ railway history through the medium of dance.  MOTUS now delivers well attended weekly dance workshops at the school.

Mr Maw continued:  “Artistic and cultural activities have been fully embraced by students and staff throughout the school.  We have many more exciting initiatives planned in this and future years as we continue on our Artsmark journey.”

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