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Confident Creators programme

Our schools firmly believe that the arts is an essential part of a child’s education, and using the arts as a tool for learning is a valuable skill for teachers to support pupils in their classrooms. Over the last 2 years we have been supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund ( to research and develop Using the Arts to develop Growth Mindset and embedding the arts into the curriculum through our joint programme with Windmill cluster and Pegasus Opera – Confident Creators. The programme has allowed 20 teachers a year to work in partnership with expert arts practitioners in Art, Music and Drama and involved over 1000 children using the arts to access Maths, Science, English, PSHE and cross curricula topics.

Key elements to the Confident Creators approach are a focus on supporting the arts process (rather than the outcome), encouraging children to talk about their learning, question, reflect, try again, and working collaboratively.

Whilst the pandemic meant we had to halt our face to face teacher and classroom sessions, we have been able to resume teacher training online and are now producing a suite of resources that use the rich learning from the project to support any teacher in the future to use the arts in their classroom.


Confident Creators at St Saviour’s – sculpture in paper and foil

This week we welcomed artist Laura X Carle to work with children from St Saviour’s, delivering an Art workshop which used Art to support children’s creativity and wellbeing as part of our Summer of Wellbeing. The children made fabulous pieces using just pens, paper, tape and foil. We hope you enjoy these examples of their work.


massive well done to our Spelling Bee children today!

Every year St Gabriel’s College puts on a spelling bee for our primary schools and this year we were delighted to have Christ Church SW9, Loughborough, St Savour’s and Jessop take part. All the spellers did brilliantly with St Saviour’s winning Last Man Standing round (well done Camille) and Jeantai from Christ Church getting the highest score in the Quick Fire Round. Looking forward to another competition next year – maybe virtual, maybe in person!


Sharing a Smile amongst school – box swopping day!

As we near the end of term, our well being ambassadors have been looking into the boxes their partner school sent to them, encouraging them to smile and be happy! Yesterday I returned the boxes to their original schools so the return messages could be read. Looking forward to seeing all the well being ambassadors online in our final meeting of the term next week.


a busy day distributing prizes and swopping Share a Smile boxes!

Despite all the restrictions in place due to Covid 19, our schools have been hives of activity and learning. Last week I was delighted to cycle around Lambeth acting as a courier service! Well being ambassadors have been making their special Share a Smile scrolls and boxes of ideas and encouragement to share with their partner schools which I collected and distributed. Next on to St Gabriel’s to gather prizes for all the classes who took part in our Science Challenge this year, from Nursery through to Year 6. Finally I distributed medals, prizes and a Summer of Wellbeing Poetry Festival trophy following our Primary poetry celebration last week. Well done to all the children who have worked on these project – your awards have been very much deserved.


congratulations to all the poetry finalists!

Yesterday we held our poetry challenge final on Googlemeet – what an amazing line up of poets we had on the call! Our host was the wonderful professional poet and coach Adisa who kept everyone inspired and entertained throughout. He was joined by local young professional poet Benna, the new Lambeth Poet Laureate, who performed on the call his moving poem Breathe. But with no disrespect to Adisa and Benna, the stars of the the show were 14 primary school poets from the BLC who had written and performed to the highest level, showing the wealth of talent we have in our schools. Their theme was Hope and each poet took the title and made it their own. It was almost an impossible task to decide the winners of the competition, but in 3rd place congratulations go to Fahreed and Isiah from Archbishop Sumner Primary for a fantastic dualogue poem that was impeccably performed; in 2nd to Kitty from St Saviour’s for a brilliantly written and performed solo piece and the winning spot went to Peace from St John’s Angell Town for an utterly compelling and moving poem about hope coming from life in a war zone. Commendations also went to Banke from Christ Church SW9 and to Kadija from Loughborough. Children have shared some of their top tips to encourage their peers to write: ‘Don’t do what others think you should do, be UNIQUE’ was Kitty’s advice; ‘Believe in yourself and never give up. Always be positive. Try to expand your vocabulary’ came from Kadija. We look forward to producing an e-book of the poems and tweeting them over the next couple of months as part of our Summer of Wellbeing.


Visualising Maths – Royal Institution Maths Masterclass

Last week children from across our cluster of schools joined online, from home and from school, at 3.45pm for the final virtual Maths masterclass in our current series. It was testament to the positive learning attitude of our children that so many joined this week, despite the hot days we had been experiencing. This final session involved making shapes from paper, but crucially, trying to visual how to do it, before having a go. Fran Watson, the RI masterclass lead was very engaging and the children,as always responded to the challenge and contributed throughout.
Thanks to all the RI staff who have worked with us this term. Keen mathematicians from all our schools are invited to join, with their families, on 10th July online, when the RI will host a celebration event.


Primary school poetry semi-finals – outstanding work!

Congratulations to the 29 children from 6 BLC primary schools who took part in our Poetry semi-finals. What amazing children we have in our schools! The standard was incredible and children had written such moving poems to give us all Hope as we manage our lives now and going forward. It was incredibly difficult to choose which children go through to the final, but the final 12 poems have been chosen and the final will take place next Thursday, with special guest judges Benna (soon to be Lambeth’s Poet Laureate) and Adisa (who has led some inspiring work in our schools over the last few years). We look forward to sharing the poems in this blog, in due course.


Share a Smile boxes have started arriving at schools!

This term, as part of our Summer of Wellbeing, funded by Lambeth Elevate, our student wellbeing ambassadors are working with Emotional Literacy teacher Hannah Joyce and artist Abigail Hunt to put together a special Scroll of Smiles and Box of Smiles to share with another group at another school. This week ambassadors at Archbishop Sumner and St John Divine received their boxes, did a workshop with Hannah and have begun to collect jokes, artefacts, messages and ideas to make the other group smile! It was lovely to see the special boxes being prepared to distribute – filled with lots of goodies inside to help the children share their smile ideas – can’t wait to see what the children make and how they decorate them!