Artsmark - Inspiring young people through the arts and culture.
At WGSG we are committed to the pursuit of excellence and supporting the development of our students to achieve their maximum potential in all aspects of life. We recognise that achievement can be measured in many forms and across all disciplines. The Artmark quality principles reflect our values, ethos and vision. Our motto of ‘in pursuit of excellence’ identifies our focus on resilience and character. We are committed to supporting all of our students to have the confidence to accept challenge, embrace change, celebrate diversity and accept that failure is a natural part of learning on the path to success and achievement. We are a community that celebrates success, achievement and effort alongside a belief that the right mindset makes anything possible. The arts are of equal value to all other areas of the curriculum in supporting the hopes and dreams of every student.
Artsmark Award Overview
Involvement with the Artsmark Award will help prepare our students for an ever-changing world. The opportunities available beyond WGSG may not exist at present but it can be determined that the creative industries and problem solving/critical thinking will be central to many new and developing sectors. Therefore, the arts are crucial to the generation of new ideas, nurturing reflective critical thinking processes and fostering social skills and creative communication through heightened engagement in team work and collaboration.
WGSG already offers a spectrum of choice regarding extra-curricular opportunities. These include; Art, PE, Textiles, Cooking, Drama, Debating clubs, Design Ventura, the Bronze Arts Award, a string quartet, a ukulele group, a GCSE Concert and Gospel Community Choir. These opportunities ensure active participation, personal progression and exciting and inspiring experiences. Our involvement with the Artsmark Award will support further development to both the breadth of opportunity available at the school and collaborative projects with key external partnerships.
The progression of the Arts at Wilmington will be led by Mrs Hellen, Head of Art. Specific projects are in the process of being finalised. Opportunities to get involved will be shared in due course. We anticipate that our students will find these projects tremendously exciting!
- Artsmark believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.
- Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding.
- Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award helps schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this.
Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision.
'The arts have a vital role to play in the educational and personal development of young people; equally, they can contribute hugely to the dynamism, vibrancy and identity of a whole school. Artsmark is a great way of acknowledging and encouraging these things, and also the exciting contribution that collaborations with arts organisations and artists can make to a school’s provision.'
Paul Reeve, Director of Education, Royal Opera House
'Trash to Treasure' Project & Gallery
Our Art Department welcomed local artist Wendy Smith into the school to work with a selected group of students in year 9 as part of the Artsmark project on the theme of ‘Trash to Treasure’. This has been funded and organised by the Arts Council Bridge Organisation and Dartford Council as part of the Dartford Artsmark town.
This week they had two mornings to produce sculpture and installation pieces working with collected scrap materials. They worked in groups to generate ideas concerning the concepts of trash and effects on our world. The work included junk flowers, a turtle and a junk character entitled, ”you are what you eat”. Another sculpture was a textural 3D world and a contrasting sculpture of birds flying around a world. Others had a more abstract concept of the nature of trash including bottles filled with junk to be suspended and decaying branches with fabric draped from them. The girls responded in really thoughtful and creative ways and worked hard to complete their work within the time available.
On previous occasions they have developed drawing skills focussing on bold marker pen drawings of discarded junk items and Gelli printing - again using rubbish. This artwork will contribute to designs to go on dustbin lorries around Dartford.
There will be an exhibition of the work in the spring next year in Dartford by all the contributing schools.
As part of our Artsmark Award project students from WGSG collaborated with other local schools to create the new design for Dartford Borough Council Refuse Truck. Our students contributed gelli printing which has become the sky together with graphic line drawings of discarded objects and rubbish which were used for the impactful black and white Dartford town design. The truck has now been launched so keep an eye out for it around Dartford Town.
We were delighted when our school song, Unity was selected from very strong competition to be performed live at the SSAT National Conference in Birmingham last December. This is an extremely important event in the education calendar with national prominence and international representation. Very special congratulations go to Victoria, Marvel, Emily, Joyce, Danielle and Pelumi (all of form 10O) who were responsible for composing, recording and performing this wonderful song.
The audience feedback was overwhelming with comments including “I could listen to these brilliant girls all day” and “a beautiful performance with a message that resonates with the conference’s theme & leadership”. We couldn’t have been more proud of them!
Pictured, the group at the recording studio and performing at the event in Birmingham
PE Department Mural
The Changing rooms are having a mural painted by a creative group of year 9 students doing their Bronze Arts Award. The girls have consulted with the PE staff to design a mural to celebrate sports and cheer up the changing rooms. They started painting on Monday, and after another couple of hours after school on Wednesday have virtually completed one wall already. The design of silhouettes of sporting figures will continue around other walls in the changing room. The bright and pastel colours are to suggest movement and give a lively mood.
Congratulations to the Year 9 students who have successfully passed their Bronze Arts Award.
9C – Amber, Eloise, Ellener, Freya, Claudia, Charlotte, Christiana, Sam, Laura, Zara. 9A – Jessica. 9B – Damilola, Hannah
The girls worked at lunchtime, after school and in their own time to improve their skills in an art form by attending clubs; for example some of them designed and painted a mural in the changing rooms, others recorded songs and played in the guitar club. They went to an event of their choice and reviewed it. The girls went to a range of events from concerts, theatre trips to cinema and art exhibitions. They also shared a skill by teaching others and researched the career of an inspirational artist.
Their evidence folders reflect their journey and show just how independent and individual the girls at WGSG are. The moderator commented that the girls have made a real personal investment in their Bronze arts award.