Schools from across the Isle of Sheppey joined together on the 6th July to celebrate student achievement within the arts at the Island Schools’ Collaboration Arts Festival at Barton’s Point.
All schools within the collaboration were invited including all the primary schools on the island, Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey and St. Peter’s Primary School in Sittingbourne.
Schools bought students to perform dance, drama and music based on their work throughout the academic year, and showcased achievements through art, pictures, drawing and sculpture. All of which were proudly displayed for the community to see.
It has been an exciting year for arts education on the island as all schools within the collaboration have been working as part of the Young Arts Advocates project with Canterbury Christ Church University College, the Royal Opera House Bridge, Ideas Test and Kent Music. The Project has been match funded by the Arts Council to enable each school to run an art project with a professional practitioner and work towards gaining an Artsmark status for the school.
Chantelle Crofskey, Cultural Educational Development Leader, worked with the schools to support them in coming together for the celebration event. She said “It was a hugely successful event and so exciting to watch and share the great work of the young people on the island. This is just the beginning of something exciting and we hope to build on it further for next year’s festival”.
Staff and students at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey were thrilled to be a part of the event and to showcase the talent they have to offer.