RP FINAL

Out of all the schools in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham, Waingels was chosen as one of six schools to take part in a project with the British Council and Totally Thames. The aim of The River Project is to get students to create a piece of art about their local area and their local river. The final piece will be exhibited on the banks of the Thames in London, and in Reading, as well as around the world. Each school selected is also partnered with a school in either Sierra Leone, Nigeria or Nepal to compare life and artwork between the two schools. Waingels has been partnered with Annal Jyoti School in Kathmandu, Nepal and the next stage is to share our work with them, and to look at our partner schools work in turn; learning about an alternative culture.

The idea behind the artwork came when researching about Reading and my Year 8 class realised how important the Huntley & Palmer biscuit factory was to building the town to what it is today. Houses and facilities were built to house the families working at the factory and even Reading Football Club began with workers from the factory, creating their nickname ‘The Biscuit Men’. The class enjoy learning new techniques and experimenting with lots of different materials so we gave ourselves the challenge of creating as many biscuits as possible. Some of the class also attended a workshop day at Reading University with student teachers learning how to create felt and clay biscuits. The final artwork was inspired by the Huntley & Palmer biscuit tins; how identifiable they are and showcasing the biscuits that Reading was built on.

This was an amazing opportunity for Waingels and the Year 8s involved have been brilliant; creating exciting pieces of work and experimenting with new techniques, really making the final piece their own. They should be very proud of themselves as I am of them also.

A VIP event will be held in London for the students, staff and families to attend to see the unveiling of the work along the Thames which I will inform the participating students about when there are more details. When the exhibition has been opened, anyone can see the exhibition for free along the River Thames, more details to follow.

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