Thurrock Trailblazers

Thames Park Seconday School will be working with Thurrock Trailblazer this year to undertake a number of arts and cultural projects and to improve cultural provision for the students at our school. Thurrock Trailblazer is an innovative programme of high-quality arts and cultural activities designed by the Royal Opera House to boost creative learning in schools and accelerate pupils’ development. We are very excited to be working with Thurrock Trailblazer this year and are pleased to inform you of some of the activities that will be taking place this year.

On Friday 26th February, a selection of pupils will be taking part in a workshop called Well-Being Video Games with Signals Studio Colchester. This workshop will allow students to explore coding and designing video games as a method of maintaining positive well-being.

After February half term, Mrs McNally will be taking the lead on this year’s Design and Make Challenge and will be working on this with the Art Club. Students will be using the brilliant Alice in Wonderland to design and create costumes and sets for a ballet production of this wonderfully weird story. All students in the school will be involved in this project in some way as English and Drama lessons will be used to explore the plot, characters and themes presented in Alice in Wonderland to inspire pieces of creative writing.

Other projects that the school will be engaging in include an African Drumming workshop and a Graffiti workshop that will be run later in the school year when current government restrictions allow for these to take place. We are also pleased to be engaging in a range of collaborative projects which will involve many schools within the Osborne Cooperative Academy Trust. Primary and secondary schools will be working together to build rockets with Steam Co. Art of Rockets and engage in a mass participation singing and performance workshop called Everybody Sing!