The arrival of our Artful Place

November 2nd, 2016

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At the heart of the work of Enquire Learning Trust is the goal for all children to achieve and there is great investment in staff training and looking into school improvement research. Last year, during one of our leadership meetings, Principals were introduced to a Headteacher who had set up an art therapy base for vulnerable children. This got me thinking about how we meet the needs of our children who sometimes need a little extra emotional support. Children are sometimes vulnerable for a number of reasons: changes in their home life, their own or family members’ illness, bereavement and friendship difficulties. Some children feel jangled inside and don’t know why or how to express themselves. I came back to school enthused and started to speak to staff about the possibility of having our own ‘Artful Place’. Mr Murton used his design skills to start sketching what the place may look like and Miss MacDonald and I started sourcing funding for the project. Lesley Lund, our family mentor attended drawing for talking training with Miss MacDonald and the project began…
After much planning and funding from a joint project with Stokesley Secondary School, along with generous donations from the Brunton Charitable Trust and local resident, Dr Home, the time came to make our plans a reality.
This week, our Artful Place arrived and we certainly weren’t disappointed! It looks like a huge summer house and is located on the school field, near the trees, overlooking our beautiful outdoor surroundings. Once in the Artful Place, children who may feel a little wobbly and in need of time and space to process their feelings or just get away from normal life for a while will work with our Family Mentor, Lesley Lund. Unless children are relaxed and happy, they cannot learn and so, through the Artful Place, we will help our children to be at peace with themselves through practical and creative activities, using a range of natural materials to produce something they may feel proud of.
Thank you to our generous donators, Mr Murton and Miss MacDonald for their creative foresight, Lesley for the work that she will carry out and Mrs Hore for sweeping up the mud after the builders had left!


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