A group of Year 10 and 11 pupils visited London for the day on Saturday 22nd November.
After travelling through the sights, our first stop was the Tate Modern Art Gallery on the Southbank of the Thames. Inside the huge gallery we were able to see and experience a broad variety of key pieces of both historic and contemporary art work close up.
Our next stop was the bustling Covent Garden, where the festive season is well underway. Here we saw street performers, musicians and real reindeers and made the most of the vast array of shops and stalls. With presents bought and souvenirs collected it was time to eat!
On to Planet Hollywood! Here we were welcomed with our own special messages, good food and good music! A fun end to a great day!
Thank you to local resident, Frank Littler, who has sent us a selection of photographs from the service held at the new Orrell war memorial on Tuesday, 11th November 2014. Our pupils were there representing the school and Mr Littler comments that their attendance was "especially rewarding".
Year 10 GCSE Art and Photography pupils visited Formby Nature Reserve. They created their own Land Art in the woods and on the beach using the natural materials available to them in the two differing environments. The landscape was
recorded through drawing and photography.
We also visited Antony Gormleys work 'Another Place' at Crosby beach. The piece consists of 100 iron sculptures dotted along the beach, looking out to Another Place.
Pupils travelled by Easyjet to Krakow. They visited the Jewish quarter and a Jewish museum where they met a holocaust survivor. They spent a full day at Auschwitz Birkenau. Pupils also had the opportunity to visit the Old Quarter of Krakow including the market square. They visited the Salt Mines on the final day before returning home.
A group of Year 9 pupils were asked to create a piece of art work which will welcome visitors as they arrive at the new reception area of St Peter’s.
The aim is that the piece will incorporate the key values of our school and highlight some of the unique qualities that St Peter’s as a community has.
Taking inspiration from St Peter himself and his role as a ‘fisher of men’, it was decided that water and waves should be used as the key imagery for the piece. We looked at the work of Eric Gill and Sandra Cinto to help with the designing of the work.
Teams of pupils were given specific tasks in the creation of the piece.
The first group were responsible for designing exactly what the clay mural will look like. They worked collaboratively to draw out the overall design onto huge sheets of cardboard. Several drafts were made before the final composition was agreed upon. The goal was to create a real sense of movement throughout the piece, through the many layers of varied wave shapes.
This was then cut into a series of stencils for the next groups to use. Some pupils prepared the clay and began to cut the large wave shapes out.
Later groups were given the task of carving the detail into each wave. Key words, which the group feel describe the special qualities of our school, have also been carved into the design.
“When I started work on the waves pieces, they had already been cut out. I smoothed the edges of all of the waves to make them neater and fit together nicely. Then we added lines to the waves to create the effect of them flowing. Some people in my group added words related to school and what they think of school life like, ‘friendship’ or ‘community’. They were engraved into the waves to make them blend in but so that they are still able to be seen.” Ellie
The final part of the process is the glazing of each of the individual waves. This has been done by Cerys and Rhianne as part of the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We look forward to seeing the result after the final firing in the kiln! The work will be displayed in reception for the start of the new school year.