The WJS Pupil Arts Council was set up in November 2017 with elected class representatives - and deputies - from every year group. It meets termly, whenever possible.
Its aims include:
- making sure children's views are heard by teachers, school managers and the wider community;
- developing, coordinating and maintaining a calendar of arts and cultural activities throughout the school year;
- ensuring children's creativity is encouraged, developed and celebrated wherever possible.
The Pupil Arts Council is a key element within WJS' commitment to achieving Artsmark.
For the past two years (we are just embarking on the the third and final year of our involvement), WJS has been working with Turner Contemporary through the START programme. Each year, a selected year group has taken part in an intensive year-long programme of gallery visits and in-school, artist-led learning activities, with all children working towards either Discover or Explore Arts Awards. Last year (2017-18), our Year 5 children explored the work of Surreal artist Jean Arp and this amazing animation - a collaboration between Turner Contemporary, WJS and other local schools - represents just some of what they achieved. Thankyou, Turner Contemporary, for everything you have done for us!
START is funded by the national organisation Children & the Arts. The second video clip - including contributions from WJS children and staff - sums up the incredible impact START has had on our children's learning and enjoyment.