Joint school project is big Down Under

Visiting headteachers from Australia at Winchelsea Primary School, with Helen Duckett (right) and iPad artist Jason Wilsher-Mills (centre).

Visiting headteachers from Australia at Winchelsea Primary School, with Helen Duckett (right) and iPad artist Jason Wilsher-Mills (centre).

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Ruskington’s Winchelsea Primary School has been attracting interested visitors from Australia.

The Sleaford Road school has been working with Leasingham, Church Lane and Kirkby-la-Thorpe primary schools to trial new learning opportunities for pupils.

This collaboration has been noticed internationally and some headteachers from Australian schools recently visited the school to see Winchelsea Primary School the partnership in action.

Helen Duckett, headteacher, said: “Through collaboration our children have benefitted from sharing their work with other children, not only locally but in schools abroad. Our blog has had over 2,000 visitors from over 25 countries and we are communicating with schools in France and Germany. Hopefully we can make links with Australia too.”

The schools have been working with artist Jason Wilsher-Mills on a digital arts project to commemorate the First World War.

Each child has ‘adopted’ a hero and created art based on this soldier, nurse, ambulance driver, fighter pilot, sailor or conscientious objector.

They will work with Rhubarb Theatre in workshops and learn songs of the era with local folk singer Mini Morris.

These will culminate in a an event on the night of November 11 at Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design, where the children will individually unveil their ‘adopted’ heroes to form a digital installation projected onto the outside wall, alongside drama and music.

Jason said: “This is a unique and ground breaking piece of work, which will bring together art, digital technology, theatre and music, working in partnership with these wonderful schools and their children.”