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Outstanding Community Contribution

Outstanding Community Contribution

For the past two weeks, a group of our students have been working with Urban Wilderness.

The students have been exploring Burslem Port, part of their local community.

“I wish we could do this every day. It’s brilliant.” Jay (Year 7)

The students worked in two separate groups for each of the weeks. The final day of the project saw both groups join together to finalise their work.

Day one focused on Photography. Armed with cameras and iPads, the students set off in small groups to capture as many photos that had ‘lines.’ This included close up of leaves; bricks and tyres. They also created ripples in the canal and found spiderwebs.

Day two was all about creative storytelling. The students filmed themselves as they explored Burslem Port. They created a narrative for a story that incorporated their surroundings.

“I love Urban Wilderness. It’s so different from working in a classroom. We get to be creative, and come up with ideas.” Lily (Year 7)

Day three saw the students produce some print art. Working in an outdoor art workshop, they walked around Burslem Port, collecting items they could paint and print on to canvas.

The final day of the project saw both groups work together to finalise their work. They made gifs from the photos and videos they had taken. They also made postcards; created maps of Burslem Port and made pillowcases.

“I loved the photography session. It was great to explore and find the lines needed for the workshop.” Isabelle (Year 7)

The students enjoyed the project and have created some outstanding pieces of work.

A huge thank you to Laurel; Jenny and Isla who ran the workshops with the students and allowed them to explore their creative sides. And a big thank you to Middleport Matters Community Trust and Canal Rivers Trust who fund these projects and make them happen.

“Through Urban Wilderness, our students get to have unique experiences. They get to love their local community and reclaim it in some instances. They develop personal skills as well as teamwork skills. Friendships are made and a sense of belonging is fostered. We have a waiting list of students who want to take part.” Mr Tomlinson (Co-op Co-ordinator)

A huge well done to…

  • Caitlin
  • Lara
  • Isabelle 
  • Jake 
  • Dean 
  • Hussain 
  • Lily
  • Irin 
  • Fatima 
  • Hollie 
  • Lizzy 
  • Daisy 
  • Lexie 
  • Emilia
  • Natalia 
  • Connor 
  • Dylan
  • Jay 
  • Kapilan 
  • Devon
  • Ethan 
  • Meshi