Citizenship Week 2016
Craft, colour and fun as Highsted launches Citizenship Week
Students at Highsted Grammar School have thrown themselves into this year’s Citizenship Week with great enthusiasm, immersing themselves in activities ranging from creative writing to cupcake-making, food sculpture to fusion music and enterprise to elevating Alice in Wonderland. On the first day, there have also been trips to the Science Museum in London, Dover Castle and The Canterbury Tales Centre, as well as a 15-kilometre hike across the local countryside.
April J, who chose the Giant Food Sculptures art activity, said: “It’s really fun and fairly challenging because we have to enlarge everything, but keep it in proportion and to scale.” Ella H added: “It lets me unleash my creativity!” Meanwhile in the Creative Writing room, students worked on enhancing their skills within the conventions of the horror genre. Ella M commented: “We are developing our creative understanding of composing a fictional world. It is extraordinary!”
Students in Year 10 took the opportunity to sharpen their business acumen by choosing and creating particular items to sell to eager customers. Ella W-P said: “Our group is making and selling marble cake and cupcakes with Smarties and chocolate chunks. We have created a business which we have come to love and be proud of. We’ve learnt skills which will help us in the future and have found this a very enjoyable experience.” Heather W added: “Our group’s focus was crafts: every one of us likes crafts as a hobby, be it crocheting, card-making or jewellery-making, so we decided to put our skills to use to make a wide array of hand-crafted products. We’ve all learnt a lot from the experience and hope to continue with our crafting in the future.”
On Friday of this week, Citizenship Week will reach its culmination, with a variety of creative products available for others to see, experience and purchase. One highlight will be a harmony production of Alice in Wonderland, called Elevating Alice. Madison W said: “We are getting all the props ready and reading through the script to see where they are needed. Alice in Wonderland is a great play!”
School of fish, fashion and dreams
Fish, fashion and fun were firmly on the agenda as Highsted students embraced the second day of the annual Citizenship event. New activities today included a fashion revival, which involved upcycling old clothes to fit particular themes, creating colourful fish for a mural and designing delightful dream-catchers. Megan Y-S, who took part in the fashion workshop, said: “Our theme was cultural, and we decided to create an Indian/Bollywood outfit. We cut the top off a dress to create a pale blue top with an intricate and unique design, then used a pale blue for the skirt, which goes into a triangle around the knees and then has mesh to the floor. We complemented these with a scarf and belt, which is separate and knots at the side.” Charlotte T added: “So far this activity is going really well and I like the creative aspect of it.”
Kara A has today sampled the School of Fish activity. She said: “I have enjoyed this as it has been very creative. We have made a colourful display of fish under the sea using bubble wrap and paint. The majority of fish that we have created are of different shades of blue and green – however, our display will also feature a few goldfish!” The dream-catching concept also inspired a wealth of creative ideas. Elena B-M commented: “My partner Millie and I enjoyed making dream-catchers. It was fun but hard work as well – it is quite a complex activity and takes concentration!”
Students are looking forward to displaying their work to friends and visitors tomorrow.
Besieged castles and assault courses: citizenship takes a new turn
Highsted’s Citizenship event reached its culmination today with a presentation to visitors of an array of colourful displays and performances, ranging from drama and music to film scripting, creative writing, chalk design, art work and even a brand new military-style assault course activity. Elena B-M tried out the training and commented: “The different activities in the assault course were great fun. It also tested my abilities, which I liked.” Abbie H added: “I think it was very interactive and made you think and work hard as well as having fun.” Even Stedy, the school’s fox, paused to marvel at the assembled course - but, though captured on camera, he declined to comment.
Other students from Year 7 enjoyed participating in a follow-up workshop in connection with their visit to Dover Castle on Wednesday. They produced a detailed display exploring the medieval period from which the castle – built in the eleventh century and remodelled by Henry II in the 1180s – dates. Leoni H said: “The visit was interesting and enjoyable. I learnt a lot about medieval times. The views were beautiful and I found the lighthouse particularly fascinating since it was built in the first century AD.” Rosie B particularly enjoyed exploring the great tower, built by Henry II as a palace in which to entertain important visitors and noble pilgrims travelling to the new shrine of the murdered archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury. She learnt that the fortress later withstood bombardment by siege engines and undermining by tunnels during a long siege in the thirteenth century. Rosie commented: “I enjoyed learning about the castle. The keep was amazing!”
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