Art takes over school curriculum

TIMETABLES have been discarded at a Felixstowe school, but teaching and learning are still going strong - in a variety of unusual activities.Maths, English, geography and history, have been replaced by circus skills, forensic science, skating, journalism, dance, theatre, songwriting, film production, music recording and much more as hundreds of youngsters at Deben High take part in Arts Week.

TIMETABLES have been discarded at a Felixstowe school, but teaching and learning are still going strong - in a variety of unusual activities.

Maths, English, geography and history, have been replaced by circus skills, forensic science, skating, journalism, dance, theatre, songwriting, film production, music recording and much more as hundreds of youngsters at Deben High take part in Arts Week.

The event at Deben - a specialist school for the visual and performing arts - has been a year in the planning.

Assistant headteacher Andrew Salter said: “It is a celebration of teaching and learning inspired by the arts and our specialist school status and has been designed and constructed to celebrate the half-way point in the school's four-year designation.”


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The Foolhardy Circus company is resident at the school in Garrison Lane for the week with 11 performers working with almost 200 students and staff to develop thinking and performance skills through physical and mental agility exercises.

Headteacher Terry Ring is working alongside students to develop a range of skills which will culminate in a performance on the last afternoon in a big top on the school field.

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Among those taking part in the week's activities are international skating coaches, journalists, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire police officers, web designers, storytellers, chefs, radio presenters, and stand-up comedians.

Some students are shooting and editing their own film, others making an animation film, while the 30-strong Deben Media Team are reporting and documenting the exciting week.

Musicians belonging to the Deben Jazz Band and other musical groups are away in Holland for the week, on tour, giving concerts in a variety of locations including Amsterdam.

Have you been part of Deben Arts Week - tell us what you thought of it. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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