School's tribute to Manchester wins top arts award

Arts & Education
A SCHOOL’S powerful tribute to Manchester is the latest step in an inspiring journey which has won them a top arts award.


Corrie Primary’s ‘This is Manchester’ display – featuring the Manchester bee and city skylines - has been chosen as a winning entrant in teaching union NASUWT’s Arts and Minds Multicultural Competition, which aims to promote cultural diversity, equality and tackling racism in schools. 
It is the latest in a long line of achievements which have contributed to the Denton school being awarded the Gold Artsmark status from the Arts Council.
In order to achieve Artsmark Gold status, the school has demonstrated its commitment to incorporating art and culture into every student’s life and learning, as well as showing ambitious plans for the future.
The school will celebrate the award at a special Art Assembly attended by Tameside Civic Mayor Cllr Joyce Bowerman on Friday 22 September.
Other high profile projects that the school has been involved in have included working with professionals such as sculpture artist Michael Condron to inspire his work for The Tameside Interchange, contributing work to the ‘StArt’ Exhibitions at Central Art Gallery and creating poems and art for the refurbishment of Ashton Old Baths.
They also created a winning poem for Author Michael Rosen based on his iconic book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and  designed posters, peace logos and wrote poems about the Korean War after interviewing War veteran Brian Hough.
The children also designed stamps for The Royal Mail Christmas stamp competition, with one of the youngest pupils being chosen as a regional finalist
Head teacher, Naomi Cartledge said: "We are all over the moon and so proud to receive our Gold Artsmark award it reflects the hard work and enjoyment all children and staff throughout school have in the arts. We ensure we provide a creative and imaginative environment to enrich all students’ lives on a daily basis."
Congratulating the school on becoming an Artsmark school, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate Corrie Primary and Nursery School on achieving Gold Artsmark and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools. To become a Gold Artsmark school, Corrie Primary and Nursery School had to demonstrate its dedication to the arts. It has put together an ambitious plan which will ensure that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”
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