The Griffin Arts Festivals 2017 will take place from the 26 June – 7 July, and will explore the theme ‘Utopia’.

Our Griffin Arts Festival theme of ‘Utopia’ epitomises hope for the future and trust in how the children we teach and guide will become exemplary citizens making better choices than have many who have come before.
In 1516, English humanist Sir Thomas More published a book titled Utopia. It compared social and economic conditions in Europe with those of an ideal society on an imaginary island located off the coast of the Americas. More wanted to imply that the perfect conditions on his fictional island could never really exist, so he called it Utopia, a name he created by combining the Greek words ou (meaning ‘no, not’) and topos (meaning ‘place,’ a root used in our word topography). The earliest generic use of utopia was for an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. The current use of utopia, referring to an ideal place or society, was inspired by More’s description of Utopia’s perfection.
The intention of the Griffin Arts Festival is not only to celebrate the arts and culture for a fixed period in the summer, but to enrich the learning and teaching throughout the year by influencing curricula at all key stages. This influence should reflect age appropriate curriculum aims, while broadening horizons by engaging with such a fundamental theme as Utopia.

This exciting theme is being explored across the Griffin Schools Trust this year, not only from an artistic approach, but also from the perspective of community and science at both our Founders Day and Science Symposium.

London Residential

As part of the London Griffin Arts Festival, a number of sixth-form and Year 11 students, along with members of staff from every GST school, will be accompanying the 110 Year 5 students to London and will take part in an immersive timetable aimed at enriching their cultural understanding and broadening their artistic heritage. Due to the success of last year’s residential, this year the students and staff will be camping out at Willow Brook Primary for four days, where the school will be transformed to give a festival feeling.

More information on the culture and arts our Griffins are set to experience will follow shortly.



When exploring the idea of Utopia some useful resources are:

What is Utopia?
Thomas More's Utopia
Utopia Book Summary
Utopia Quotes

The Cotton Mill

This year we have several events and performances surrounding our GAF week. One of these events is an opera performed by students from Perry Wood, Riverley, Willow Brook and Stantonbury Campus, with music from our Head of Music, Lewis Delivett. The Cotton Mill is a fantastic example of how the Griffin Arts Festival can bring students from across the country, and across our school family, together to contribute to and celebrate an art form not usually experienced by primary school children.

The Cotton Mill will be performed on 7 July, 7pm at St Mary with St Edward and St Luke Church in Leyton, East London.

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“I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”

Virgina Wolf

“Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?”

Thomas More

"Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?"

Clara Schumann

“We did not ask if he had seen any monsters, for monsters have ceased to be news. There is never any shortage of horrible creatures who prey on human beings, snatch away their food, or devour whole populations; but examples of wise social planning are not so easy to find.”

Thomas More

“Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?”

Thomas More