We’re into the second week of our Griffin Arts Festival 2021! This week we’ll be celebrating arts in our wider communities and exploring reimagining community across school hubs as follows:

East London

Celebrating their community reimagined, East London schools have planned an art exhibition hung in the lane to Lammas field and the creation of a large art installation on the field with contributions by all students in the three schools. This installation will represent the Willow, Lammas Bird and River – symbols of the community after which the schools are named. Individual school performances of The Lion King and Hansel and Gretel along with a range of creative making, singing and movement activities will also occur.


Unable to gather, the three Medway schools are creating and sharing work virtually as they celebrate their community. Each will exhibit work, hold a number of performances and create discovery trails through the school, showcasing their GAF activity. A highlight will be the Build a Poem project with contributions from each school, which when completed, will inspire written and artistic responses from children across all three schools. This legacy of this year’s GAF will be on display in each school for community viewing. Performances, singing assemblies, and dancing will be shared virtually across the collegiate, and the Year 5 classes will recreate each school’s two favourite scenes from Shakespeare.

Warwickshire and West Midlands

Warwickshire and the West Midlands have focused upon what it means to be a Midlander, the way canals draw their community together, and key figures who have contributed to the development of artistic and the wider communities in those areas. NCS will be hosting a full week of activity and hosting some primary visitors on site to participate in games, food and artistic activity as part of the wider community. Other schools will deliver a number of canal themed activities and share their work with the wider school community via a one way trail through their schools, similar to a canal ride. All schools will be creating artwork that captures a view of their community looking down from above. There will be exhibitions, singing, dancing, performances and even a virtual tour of a canal home.

Keep an eye out for further updates on our website and social media during the week, as we’ll be announcing the Music and Drama Medal winners soon.

Have a fun and creative week!


The GAF Team

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