Our Year 10 student, Rose Halward, was invited to attend a prestigious event organised by the Cultural Learning Alliance at the Houses of Parliament at the end of January, 2017. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the launch of Imagine Nation: the value of cultural learning, a new publication that sets out personal, social, economic and educational benefits of placing arts, culture and creativity at the heart of all children’s lives. Additionally, it was a celebration of the work of teachers, children and cultural leaders all over the country. Rose Halward has been actively involved in a writing project called First Story at Lincoln Castle Academy for the last two years; therefore she was selected as a promising young writer by the Cultural Learning Alliance to represent our school at the event.
First Story has brought talented, professional writers such as Steve Cawte into our school to work with teachers and students like Rose to foster creativity and communicational skills. By helping students find their voices through intensive, fun programmes; First Story raises aspirations and gives students the skills and confidence to achieve them.
During the event at the Houses of Parliament Rose had an opportunity to watch performances of Kinetika Bloco (performance group that draws upon various cultural and musical heritages) and One Dance UK and to share some ideas about the ways students from various schools can work together. Rose also enjoyed inspirational speeches from Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter actress), Darcy Bussell (Strictly Come Dancing judge) and Caleb Femi (Young People’s Laureate for London).
Here is Rose’s account of the event:
‘The curriculum focuses on academics (Maths, Science, ICT). They say that Drama is a pointless endeavour, Art is a non-existent industry – but they are not. That is what the launch of Imagine Nation was about, which I attended at the Houses of Parliament. There were inspirational speakers who were saying how meaningful the arts are; they have equal importance to academic subjects. It is vital to study these subjects because they develop creative thinking, public speaking and allow people to express feelings that otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and to add more meaning to the arts; it made those who studied them feel like they are doing something worthwhile and that there is a future for them in the creative industry.’
Mrs N. Daubney