The Griffin Arts Festivals 2016 took place from the 27 June – 8 July, and explored the theme ‘Our Journey’.

This exciting theme allowed students to examine a range of topics from evolution, transport, the future and space. All of the great work produced during the Griffin Arts Festival 2016 was celebrated in a showcase on Friday 8 July, which families were invited to join us for.

London Residential

As part of the London Griffin Arts Festival, 20 Sixth Form and Year 11 students, along with 25 members of staff, accompanied the 110 Year 5 students to London and took part in an immersive timetable aimed at enriching their cultural understanding and broadening their artistic heritage. The students and staff camped at Willow Brook Primary where the school was transformed to give a festival feeling.

During the three days, students visited the Tate Modern, The Globe, The Barbican and took part in a tour of ‘Our Cultural Journey’ around iconic landmarks. In the evening, they had the opportunity to take part in theatrical performances and a very special showcase on Thursday evening.

The London Experience video shares the insights of various students involved in the residential and highlights their favourite experiences.

“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

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Edgar Degas

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

Clara Schumann