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Arts Committee 2017-2018

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Welcome to our newly elected members of Arts Committee.


The Arts Committee supports all the many exciting Arts events held at Oatlands Junior School throughout the year including the Christmas music concert at St Marks, Summer Music Concert, Arts Week and OJS Arts Exhibition. Members also have the opportunity to work with arts organisations including The Mercer Gallery in Harrogate and have a voice to develop and enrich further arts opportunities at OJS.

Arts Committee Members will be busy in the Autumn term working on ideas for the Christmas concert held annually at St Marks and our stunning, themed Christmas displays throughout the school. Children will be developing their leadership skills throughout the year to run clubs inspired by dance, drama, art, creative writing, performance poetry and music.

Our ambitious Arts project this year is to create a visually stunning sculpture garden for the entrance of the school which we are all very excited about. Updates of the development of the garden will be on our website in the coming months with reports from our members.

Watch this space!

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development with British Values

Children at Oatlands develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute to life in modern Britain.

Arts Committee presentation to Diane Saxon from The Mercer Art Gallery

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26th March 2018
Diane Saxon came to visit our Arts Committee today for a presentation of ideas for workshops that would be enjoyable for all children visiting the gallery. After many weeks of preparation and looking at artists that feature in the current exhibition, members of the Arts Committee were interested in the female artists and the exhibition celebrating  the centenary of women being allowed to vote in England. Children discussed and thought about issues raised, including equality, diversity and freedom.  Resources created by Arts Committee members ranged from looking at techniques inspired by the artists they looked at, to highlighting issues such as equal human rights for all through imaginative  narrative drawing.  Some members focused on the exhibition Banwyns War and thinking about words such as Peace, War and Love and how each word has an individual meaning but is connected through conflict. Diane Saxon was impressed by our Arts Committee members presentation and the resources designed for the gallery’s workshops for other schools. Resources will be used to inspire other schools and vulnerable groups visiting the exhibition. Anastasia,s idea of a template looking at the artist Victoria Brookland will be used in the gallery as a visitor art activity. Well done to all our members and to 5M and 5Twho took part in trialing Arts Committee workshop  ideas and feeding back their thoughts. See the Art Page in Curriculum for 5M and 5T workshop lesson.

Spring 2018

The Mercer Gallery Visits Arts Committee

19 January 2018
Arts Committee met with Diane Saxon from the Mercer Art Gallery this week who has asked them to design resources for primary schools visiting the Mercer Gallery.  The resources will be inspired by two new exhibitions. The End of the War: Brangwyn’s War Posters ( to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War) and Picturing Women (marking 100 years since women first got the vote, an exhibition celebrating the work of inspirational women artists past and present). Arts Committee will be working on their ideas for workshops before presenting to Diane mid February.  

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Arts Committee and Christmas Displays 2017


Themed boards including, crackers, food, advent calendars, the nativity, Christmas cards, wreaths, Christmas trees, stockings, presents and Santa were filled with messages of hopes and wishes for the future. To see more look on our class pages.


Thank you Arts Committee for your contribution in designing the theme and for supporting your teachers in this years Christmas displays.

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Arts Committee and The Mercer Gallery

 Arts Committee in the Summer Term collaborated with The Mercer Gallery to create resources for groups, schools and children’s art days for two exhibitions in Autumn. Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern and Katherine Holmes: Grandmother’s footsteps.   Arts Committee members confidently presented their ideas and resources for workshops to Diane Saxon from the Gallery who was very impressed by their professionalism and their creativity.  
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This November, Arts Committee’s printing ideas were used for a dementia group session and KS1 school visit’s at the Gallery as part of the Sheila Bownas exhibition.  The Mercer Gallery will also be using the resources for self-led activities in the gallery over the Christmas holidays, crediting Arts Committee at Oatlands. Diane Saxon sent this message to last years Arts Committee members, ‘Do let them know for me, as I want them to know their hard work and creative ideas paid off and we’re very grateful.’  

Well done Arts Committee we are very proud of you and your contribution to the community in Harrogate.

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British Values with SMSC

We contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the community.

2016 Elected Arts Committee Members

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