Project inspires children to take part in the arts

George Street Primary School children with their certificates
George Street Primary School children with their certificates

Year 4 children from three Hemel Hempstead schools have achieved the Discover stage of the the Royal Opera House Bridge Arts Award.

The 90 children from Boxmoor and George Street Primary Schools and Chaulden Junior School received their certificates at the Old Town Hall last week, after taking part in a project at Dacorum Borough Council’s Old Town Hall theatre.

The Arts Award is designed to motivate and celebrate young people’s artistic achievements, and to inspire them to connect with and take part in the arts.

It is open to anyone aged seven to 25.

The project included a performance of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, by Les Petits Theatre company at the Old Town Hall.

Back at their own schools, the children were encouraged to ‘discover’ arts in their school environment.

They also took part in dance workshops and created their own ‘art boxes’ to capture their discovery.

The children also enjoyed visits from a scenic designer with theatre and film work, a storyteller and a professional dancer.

Each class presented their ‘discovery’ journey to the rest of their school as well as invited parents and grandparents.

Arts team leader at the Old Town Hall, Sara Railson, said “Discover is only the first step in the Arts Award journey.

“There has been an overwhelmingly positive response by pupils, teachers and school governors to this project and we are actively looking at ways of further developing and strengthening the Old Town Hall’s work with local schools.”