As part of a Creativity Week over 200 students from Uppers to Form 5 worked with talented professional artists in a range of disciplines from drama, dance, clothes design, rock school, willow sculpture, creative writing, model making, and graffiti art. These three days of immersive creative activity were designed to encourage our pupils to develop and value their creative skills.
The three days culminated in a Festival of Arts on Wednesday evening where friends and families viewed an Art, Photography and Design Exhibition as well as a Film Festival before live performances on an outdoor stage. The audience enjoyed picnics, Pimms and ice creams in a festival atmosphere whilst being entertained by a fashion show, drama and dance performances. The stage then burst into music when six school rock bands took their turn on the stage, enthralling the audience.
During the week, one group of students designed and made a space balloon to carry cameras and a special Lego spaceman from our Dragonflies Nursery to heady heights. Once Air Traffic Control had given clearance the balloon was launched with all the school taking time out from workshops and lessons to witness this exciting event. Later on that day our Head of Science drove to a field in West Firle, near Lewes, to retrieve the balloon and equipment after it had reached a height of 35,000m into space! The photo taken by the camera at this height is quite stunning and was liked by the astronaut Tim Peake on Ditcham’s social media report.
The final Creative Arts event of the week was a presentation at Founder’s Day by a BAFTA winning film animator and past Ditcham pupil, Philip Hunt. Philip described his journey from Ditcham to a co-founder of Studio AKA, an Oscar-nominated independent animation studio based in London. He presented the end of year trophies and prizes to pupils before families enjoyed tea and cakes to celebrate the end of the school year.