On Tuesday 12th October, Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, were delighted to invite able, gifted and talented children from local primary schools for an exciting programme of art, music and drama. The Prep school opened its doors and facilities, with an aim to support the arts in the local community.
The staff and children at Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, gave a warm welcome to children from four local schools: Westfield School, Ninfield Church of England Primary School, Pebsham Primary Academy and Stonegate Church of England Primary School. As part of the animal theme, the 5-7-year-olds made beautiful and highly individualised animal masks, using a range of materials and artistic techniques, facilitated by the local artist Josephine Ho, who has worked with Battle Abbey School for many years. The children partook in a lively and engaging drama session where, as part of their experience, they acted and improvised around the theme of a safari tour. During their music session, the children learned a range of animal themed songs, having great fun dressing up and using a wide range of untuned percussion to create accompaniments to the songs.
At the end of the day, the children all came together and gave a short presentation to the older children in the school and visiting parents, utilising their amazing masks in their drama performance and sharing two of their songs and musical accompaniments.
The enthusiasm and excitement of the day was evident in all the children’s faces and the quality of work that the children created across the arts, was outstanding and “every single person was having fun” (Sebastian age 7). The children loved working and playing with like-minded children from other schools, with Natalie, age 6, declaring, “I love making new friends.” Frederica, age 6 said that “It was the best day ever!”
Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, looks forward to planning future events in a similar vein. It was a very successful day promoting the arts and cooperation with local schools and was of great benefit to all the children involved.