Updates from The Arts


On Tuesday the pupils in Year 3 and 4 were very excited to try on their costumes for ‘Ye Ha!’  The amazing group of parent volunteers have created the most fabulous outfits for everyone, baddies and goodies alike.  Not long to go now …

War Horse

It was a great delight to take the Year 8 pupils to Canterbury on 15th March to see the National Theatre’s production of ‘War Horse’.  Michael Morpurgo’s moving story of the bond between young Albert and his beloved horse Joey, against the tragic story of the cavalry in WWI, certainly had me in tears and I spotted a few tissues along the rows of pupils.  The acting, music, set and costumes were splendid, but the giant puppets stole the show.  The audience can see the actors operating them throughout and yet soon forget and focus on the perfectly observed movements and sounds of the various creatures represented.

My thanks to Alice Roberts and Nigel Butler for joining us and helping to make the trip run so smoothly.  The fact that the Year 8s behaved so well and were a credit to Vinehall was the icing on a delicious and very memorable cake of an outing!

Mary Alderson

Visiting Illustrator Ben Newman

Last week, Vinehall pupils met the illustrator and animator, Ben Newman. Ben is a contemporary professional artist who has recently been nominated for a Blue Peter book award. The artist is responsible for characters such as Astro Cat, the main character of his scientific books.

During his assembly, Ben talked about the challenges of meeting a deadline and the patience and determination it takes to become a professional working artist.

Young Art Hastings

We have had a good number of artworks presented for the Young Art Hastings Competition. Here are a few more below

Year 7 Totems

The pupils have spent this term working on their totem designs. They have worked with diligence and patience using a limited palette and looking at the cultural identity of the Haida people.