What happens during a day of mixed activities?
Our secondary school workshops are great for multicultural days and off-curriculum days as well as Year 6 taster days. They tend to be held in two ways; a small group working with one practitioner or a larger group made up of multiple classes and even whole schools!
Multiple practitioner 'take over days' - Our team of up to 20 practitioners will visit your school. The day often begins with a performance to all students. This is followed by a series of activities running on a carousel; commonly art, drum, dance, storytelling, textiles, mask making, recycling and song. Visiting practitioners are all experts in their field, highly trained and experienced at working with key stage 3 and key stage 4. Students may work towards a mass performance at the end of the day and further performances can take place at break and lunch times.
One practitioner 'Africa Days' - A multidisciplinary practitioner will visit your school to work with a small group of students who are off timetable for all or part of the day. These sessions have been run for students who have show strong academic progress or who have earned a house-point reward. Alternatively you may have some students who have been unable to participate in certain activities due to challenging behaviour and we are able to work with these students for a day.
There is no additional charge for mixing and matching any of our secondary school workshop options, but remember one practitioner can only be in one place at one time!
Africa Day with Year 7
The event is run on a two stream carousel so 2 sessions of dance, 2 of drumming and 2 of storytelling. There are nearly 200 students in each year group and so 30 students in each session.
The Creative Arts team organises the annual Cultural Arts Day for students in Year 7 in the summer of every year. The aim is to enable students to experience art, music, singing, dancing and storytelling from different cultures.
African Activities leads the day with an assembly followed by drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling workshops. Even during break we will operate, leading students on a ‘Congo dance’ around the central school courtyard.
Mrs Liz McLaughlin, Acting Head of Creative Arts said, “What a wonderful Cultural Arts day. The whole school was filled with the sounds of Africa as Year 7s enjoyed workshops in African storytelling, drumming, dance and mask making. This is the first time we have used the company African Activities and it certainly won’t be the last. Kwame and co. were certainly a hit with the pupils and came to Perins in traditional dress and bringing with them over 100 African drums!"
Two days of African Activities working with St Mary’s School. This video was made by students during the event.
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The kids were really buzzing after the workshops and every single one that I asked said they thought it was brilliant. I will definitely be recommending you to colleagues in other schools and hope that we can use you again.
The hurligham Academy
This was an absolutely fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. The performance at the end of the day made them feel incredibly proud and confident - a brilliant day facilitated by the happiest workshop leaders I've ever worked with.
All of the students have had such a valuable experience, and we have had excellent feedback regarding your company. Kwame was evidently very experienced, and engaged with the students really well. He also worked with the school's agenda, and the day ran very smoothly. I hope that we will be able to work with you again next year.
BASINGSTOKE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
It was great as always!! The learners were really interested, got involved and we had some fantastic feedback. They said: it was amazing, epic, learnt something new and thoroughly enjoyed myself
Thanks so much for the workshops today. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. (Children and Adults!)
We love your passion and enthusiasm and we learnt so much from you about your culture. We will definitely be in touch about booking some more workshops next year.
We had an absolutely super morning with Kwame and team – they were so friendly and pitched the sessions at exactly the right level. The girls and staff had a super time!