‘Express Yourself’ at school’s art week

Arts Week at St Joseph's Specialist School and College in Cranleigh
Arts Week at St Joseph's Specialist School and College in Cranleigh

During the last week before October half term Learners at St Joseph’s Specialist School and College in Cranleigh celebrated Arts Week based on the theme of ‘Express Yourself’.

Learners took part in a variety of activities throughout the week, helping to create a ‘Saints Graffiti Wall’ depicting paintings of the Saints whose names are given to each of our classes. The Saints were painted by well-known Graffiti Artist, Req from Brighton. Req worked with Learners showing them how to use spray paints safely.

On Wednesday Learners took part in an African Drumming Session, creating complex rhythms and sounds, enormous fun and enjoyment had by everyone. The sensory experience of sound is an important part of life at St Joseph’s Specialist School and College.

In the Arts Tent, Learners decorated a new ‘book shaped’ bench. Part of the National Literacy Trusts project the bench celebrates the joys of reading; when finished the bench will be situated in the orchard to Learners to enjoy reading in the open air.

Other events during Arts Week were specialist dance, drama and art workshops. Our kit car trailer has been completely redecorated, now sporting a bright flame motive to inspire our race team to success.

Principal, Mrs Mary Fawcett thanked Req and other visiting artists for their contribution to Arts Week, saying “We are delighted with all the events of Arts Week, everyone has worked hard and had fun. Such vibrant colours on the Saints Graffiti Wall will remind us all of a very successful week.”

Throughout the week each class produced a short film based on the Arts Week theme. Shown at an Oscars ceremony in the school hall on Friday judges Pat Morgan and Brian Wright from DFAS, Governor Liz James and Assistant Vice Principal Dawn Philips had a hard time deciding who should receive the various awards because the standard of entries was very impressive. Congratulations to all.

St Joseph’s Specialist School and College caters for children aged 5 – 19 with Autism, Speech and Language difficulties and other complex needs.