Last Thursday 18th June, on a lovely sunny day, the sounds of drumming and singing echoed around the grounds of Perins School. The Creative Arts team had organised the annual Cultural Arts Day for students in year 7 to enable them to experience art, music, singing, dancing and storytelling from different cultures.
‘African Activities’ were a colourful group of practitioners who led workshops on African drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. Their enthusiasm was infectious as students learnt the rhythms and sounds of Africa. Even during break the group, who were from different parts of Africa, led students on a ‘Congo dance’ around the central school courtyard.
Mrs Liz McLaughlin, Acting Head of Creative Arts said, “What a wonderful Cultural Arts day. The whole school was filled with the sounds of Africa as Year 7s enjoyed workshops in African storytelling, drumming, dance and mask making. This is the first time we have used the company African Activities and it certainly won’t be the last. Kwame and co. were certainly a hit with the pupils and came to Perins in traditional dress and bringing with them over 100 African drums! We welcomed back Teresa Paiva for a second year to run the Mask making workshops which the pupils got stuck into producing some excellent pieces of art. The visitors commended the year 7s enthusiasm and attitude which made their day as enjoyable as ours.”