I have great pleasure in announcing that Darenth Community Primary school has recently achieved the Artsmark Silver Award from the Arts Council of England. The Arts Council made the following comments:
The panel commends the artistic and cultural opportunities you have provided for pupils at Darenth Community Primary School. Despite challenges you have faced you have increased the range of activities and partnerships with local organisations such as the Music Education Hub to enhance learning outcomes. You have also capitalised on partnerships with national organisations, enabling pupils to have authentic experiences.
This is the result of two years of hard work to maximise the arts opportunities for the children. Different year groups had opportunities to try ceramics, zine printing and set design. Some children were lucky enough to work with a theatre company to create their own play about the history of Dartford, whilst others created the props and backdrop for the play. This all culminated in a wonderful performance with six other local schools, at the outdoor theatre in Central Park, Dartford. Our pupils were praised for their fantastic performances and super voice projection.
We also worked in partnership with the Royal Opera House and some children had the opportunity to visit the set design centre. They participated in a variety of workshops, including large scale set design, opera singing and ballet.
Some of the current year six children had the opportunity to work in partnership with a local secondary school on a digital media project, which culminated in their work being displayed in the school gallery. This is a project which we aim to replicate this year.