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Inaugural arts festival at primary school in Lowestoft showcases 'amazing work'

PUBLISHED: 10:13 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:13 06 July 2017

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

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Talented primary school children have showcased some "amazing work" during a special event.

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Year Two works. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary SchoolThe inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Year Two works. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

Last week, Westwood Primary School in Lowestoft hosted an inaugural festival to celebrate the inspirational arts and culture that goes on within the school.

With Westwood’s academy sponsor being the Active Learning Trust, other local schools from the trust’s north Suffolk hub – including Red Oak Primary, Grove Primary, Reydon Primary Pakefield Primary and Albert Pye and Ravensmere Primary – were invited into the school, in Westwood Avenue, to display art works within the exhibition.

The north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success, as the event on Tuesday, June 27 featured a range of music and drama performances as well as stunning displays – as the classrooms were transformed.

Rae Aldous, headteacher at Westwood, said: “Not only was a range of artwork displayed throughout the school including, paintings, collage, 3D and textiles but the children also performed a range of songs, dance and drama.

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Year Three works. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary SchoolThe inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Year Three works. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

“This included a class clarinet performance and piano recitals.”

The event was organised by Gillian Meen, HLTA and arts specialist at Westwood, and Hannah Hindes, arts subject leader. It comes as Westwood has been working with Chantry Academy in Ipswich on the CALSA project, in partnership with FestivalBridge.

Gillian Meen said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for our talented children to showcase all the amazing work that they produce throughout the year.

“We are very proud of the work Westwood and the north Suffolk hub have produced this year and we look forward to hosting another event in the not so distant future.”

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

Mrs Aldou added: “In schools, it has been more challenging with government pressure to achieve high standards in maths and English to make time for the arts.

“However this event shows how fundamental the arts are in providing a broad and balanced educational experience which in turn benefits the children’s well-being and allows all children to showcase their talents.”

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The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary SchoolThe inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pakefield Primary School display. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary SchoolThe inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pakefield Primary School display. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

The inaugural Westwood and Active Learning Trust north Suffolk hub arts festival was hailed a success. Pictures: Courtesy of Westwood Primary School

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