Park View Junior School education project

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Over the last few months, we've been working with local school Park View Juniors to develop a new project with the school’s learning behaviours at its core: tolerance, resilience, cooperation, respect and open-mindedness.

The project focused on music and storytelling which embedded the school’s values. The workshops’ themes were inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and West Side Story, and the children created musical and dramatic responses to the story. The project culminated in an intensive week of workshops led by local musician Neil Valentine and actor Vicky Hancock which gave 65 eight year olds the opportunity to explore themes of conflict and resolution. They then performed their work to years 5 and 6, and then to their family and friends.
 
"The staff and the children of Year 4 at Park View Junior School thoroughly enjoyed the sessions of music and drama with Anvil Arts. The children wrote their own songs and we are all thoroughly impressed with the work they created. Neil and Vicky were tremendous. They had a clear vision when they came to school and the performance on the Thursday was enjoyed by all. Even today the children are saying it was a great week and they won't forget it” - Year 4 teacher, Cat Duke
 
The project was also supported by students from the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Winchester who were able to use the experience to learn from professional artists in a working environment. 

Anvil Arts Community Engagement programme works with around 20,000 people each year all over Hampshire to bring wider musical horizons and enhanced life skills.

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