Visit to China
Several members of staff visited Huimin Middle School, Beijing during the school holidays where they delivered lessons about England and shared good teaching practices. Whilst in Beijing, they were able to photo-document the major attractions and gather important resources to be used in art projects on the return to school. Being able to describe from experience and show pupils films, photos and artefacts is invaluable in teaching.
When the visit to Beijing had concluded, staff took the bullet train and travelled South to Hangzhou. (over 5 hours at 320km/p/h). Hangzhou is a beautiful city popular with tourists for its outstanding beauty. Central to Hangzhou is an art school which Saint Paul’s is lucky to be paired with. During their visit they observed outdoor painting lessons, vegetable carving and viewed the most amazing art gallery.
During the visit to Hangzhou, staff also had the opportunity to visit the art college. End of year exhibitions were in place and pupils were busy working on their current projects. Miss Coyle was able to talk to pupils who were producing high quality animations using a range of techniques. The classrooms were filled with inspirational imagery and libraries of reference material.
Whilst in Shanghai, Miss Coyle continued to gather resources from a range of sources. The Longhua temple, Yuyuan Gardens, the French Concession, Xintandi and the Shanghai Oceans Aquarium offered a feast of photo and filming opportunities which will feed into the Autumn Year 11 project on China. Many of the photos taken in Shanghai were also used in the designing of the School Panda ‘Floyd’.
Pupils from a range of year groups have been working to design the school panda. A competition was held to guess the name of the panda. The name of the panda, chosen by Mrs Minshall, is Floyd.
Year 8 pupils were participating in stamp design classes using motifs from the work of Hundertwasser. Some of their ideas can be observed on our school panda which celebrates the schools links with our partner China schools of Huimin Middle School in Beijing and Hangzhou No 7 School which is an arts specialist school.
In addition, the school has also used the funds raised to adopt a school panda from the WWF.
Floyd has been busy outside school, he was part of an exhibition at the Lowry shopping centre, located outside the Red Cinema. He received a lot of attention, praise and hugs from busy shoppers who were clearly enjoying the artwork on display.
Chinese Pupils Visit Saint Paul’s
Following the visit of Saint Paul’s staff to Hangzhou No 7 art school, our partner school brought their art students to visit the Art department at Saint Paul’s. They were able to see the panda designed as a result of the China visit. They really enjoyed identifying local and national attractions. Each visitor also signed and wrote messages on the panda.
Whilst visiting, our visitors were keen to demonstrate their observational drawing skills. In perfect weather, the pupils of Hangzhou Middle school demonstrated beautiful drawing skills. A credit to their school.