Many school principals have discovered the power and potential of using school-wide themes to build school spirit, morale, camaraderie, and test scores. At Lewis Vincent Elementary School in Denham Springs, Louisiana, this year’s theme is teamwork and the slogan is “We’re On the Same Team.” “Themes are a great way to coordinate all activities throughout the year,” Vincent Elementary’s principal, Carol Robertson, told Education World. “Our teachers and I choose a theme before we leave for the summer. That way, everyone can be looking during the summer for ideas and suggestions for incorporating that theme into teaching, projects, school improvement, and prizes.” – See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin427.shtml#sthash.vVSnthNl.dpuf
There are two classes for each year group with a total of 420 pupils from Reception to Year 6. Attainment at St Monica’s has been consistently ‘outstanding’ at Key Stage 2 for the last five years. But academic achievement is not our only concern. Whilst we aim to ensure every child reaches their full potential academically, they are also taught that they can be successful in many different ways. This could be anything from being a good friend to being a fantastic musician, sports person or artist, the list is endless! The children are also taught that it is good to make mistakes because that is how you learn and persistence is key! “Strive to succeed in the presence of God!” is our motto and one that fits well with our ethos. The parents of our children are very supportive of the school and this is valued as an essential ingredient for making our school as successful as it is.
In October, ArtWorks for Freedom partnered with Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program to hold a two-day photography workshop in New York City. Conducted by Kay Chernush, the workshop introduced 6 participants to principles of composition, color, texture, and the idea of photographing with intention. Participants used their cameras to explore a Queens neighborhood and park, learning how to capture a sense of place and opening their eyes to the many visual possibilities around them.
If you work directly with survivors and would like to set up a photography workshop, please contact us for more information.