“It's time to make a change but we need your help.” That was the message that pupils from three local primary schools gave through dance and artwork at the recent Adur Doodle Dance Arts Festival hosted by Shoreham College.
Over a hundred pupils from Years 4 to 6 from Eastbrook Primary, Glebe Primary and Shoreham college Juniors came together to spread the message about pollution and in particular plastics through dance and banners they had made using recycled materials to highlight the problems of pollution in the environment.
Earlier in the term, the pupils had attended workshops at Glebe Primary School to explore the theme of protest and how we can do this through dance and art; before returning to put together artwork and dance in just 6 weeks.
Artistic director for Doodle Dance, Jo Cone, who led the dance workshop was amazed at what the pupils had done in such a short time. She told the parents, “It is wonderful how the different schools had interpreted the brief from the workshop.”
Julian Batstone, key stage 2 coordinator at Shoreham College and one of the organisers said that the idea of the festival sprung from the Adur Festival Children’s show that used to be put on annually by local Primary Schools several years ago. “We started small with just the three local schools, but we are very keen to involve more schools next year.”
Attended by nearly 200 parents, the show culminated with the children coming together to sing about needing everyone’s help to solve the problems of plastic pollution. Mr. Taylor-West, headmaster of Shoreham College, told the audience that the show had been the highlight of his year showing how local schools could work together. He hoped it was the beginning of an annual event involving more local schools.