Creativity

Greenside has a well established creative program which offers students from across the school access to a range of creative activities. We employ a team of dedicated creative professionals working in art, drama, music, writing, animation and dance and offer a range of Arts Award qualifications for students in the senior department.

Greenside's creative programme centres around the talents, imaginations, desires and needs of each learner. Over many years of reflective and dynamic practice and sustained working relationships with highly experienced and qualified professional artists, musicians, dancers and theatre makers, a coherent and consistent approach has been developed in which the learner is placed at the centre of the creative interaction. 

Our approach, across art forms is the creation of open, interactive spaces in which pupils are enabled to explore their own creative ideas and responses in a highly responsive and sensitive atmosphere. Spaces in which learners can initiate and develop interactions with others through materials, instruments, sounds, words and stories. Spaces in which the conditions are set for learners to surprise themselves and reflect on what they have done, allowing them to Initiate creative dialogues with peers and adults, and developing key creative skills such as curiosity, persistence, imagination and resilience, which contribute to their developmental learning and their emotional well-being in a collaborative and supportive social setting. 

 

 Radio Zoinks is a radio station created by and with students from across the school who have taken part in music sessions, one-to-one discussion and storytelling sessions and created their own DJ set. It is a project aimed at encouraging pupil voice and finding new ways for our young people to express themselves, their ideas and their creativity.

You can listen to all the Radio Zoinks programmes or choose between different shows.

We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it.

Dance and Movement

Our dance specialist Nicky works every week with learners from across the school to create high quality inclusive movement sessions in which learmers are encouraged to take part in an open and supportive environment.

Music

Our music and creative interaction specialist Jon works with learners across the school to develop their own music through free improvisation, song writing, creative interaction, and IT. They have explored composition, vocal techniques, special guitar tunings, midi-triggers, piano and percussion. The year ended with a day of performances and workshops,

Art

Weekly art sessions are run for learners across the school encouraging exploration, experimentation with materials and different approaches, and using drawing, panting, sculpture, movement andphotography to create exciting creative experiences.

Workshops at tate Modern

Over the past twoc years we have been involved in a project with Tate Modern and Kingston School of Art called 'Don't We All Play the Same? ' which aims to bring together groups of young people from Greenside with art students from Kingston to find new ways of exploring, interacting and inhabiting the gallery. The idea is to involve our young people in activities which allow them to engage with the gallery and the art works within it. It's not just about looking, but about physically and imaginatively explorign the space together.

 

Making noise in the Turbine Hall from Greenside School on Vimeo.

 

 


Greenside School
Shephall Green
Stevenage SG2 9XS
Tel: 01438 315356
Fax: 01438 748034
Email: admin@greenside.herts.sch.uk
Headteacher: Dave Victor