Day 23

23. Listen By Alan Mckee “I come from the North East of England and “I come from the North East of England and like to create things. I have a piece of art like to create things. I have a piece of art with the words ‘What people need is a good with the words ‘What people need is a good listening to’ on it. Usually, what is said is listening to’ on it. Usually, what is said is ‘What people need is a good talking to.’ ‘What people need is a good talking to.’
It is powerful when people feel listened to It is powerful when people feel listened to rather than being told what they should feel rather than being told what they should feel or what they should do.” or what they should do.” Take a few minutes to think about what it feels like for you to feel listened to, or heard.
How can you convey that feeling? You could draw the word ‘listen’ in big letters, or use torn up magazines, newspapers or words to express what it feels like. Or, write down the words ‘When I feel listened to I…” and finish your statement. Fold it up and carry it around with you.

23. The taste of home.  By David Burn Today’s challenge comes from David Burn. Today’s challenge comes from David Burn. Create a recipe that celebrates your surroundings. Some of the best recipes are inspired by local food, climates and stories. Design a recipe that captures your place! What ingredients would it include? Think about types of food that represent where you live, where you were born, your community, a memory or someone you love.
…Try cooking it! What do you want someone eating your celebratory dish to feel or think about?

23. Relax like a tree at sunset.  By NAPA NAPA works with Arts Coordinators in care NAPA works with Arts Coordinators in care homes and believe that every care and homes and believe that every care and support setting should be full of life, love and support setting should be full of life, love and laughter. laughter. ‘Relax like a tree at sunset.’ What does that statement conjure up in your mind? What colours, movements, images, feelings does it make you think about?
Let those ideas inspire you. As you move through your day, “Relax like a tree at sunset.” If you are compelled to draw, write or take a photograph, what happens if you title it “Relax like a tree at sunset”?
Discus your responses with somebody else. Perhaps you “Relax like a tree at sunset” together.

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Day 22

22. Today’s the Day By Jo B “I loved the symmetry of turning 55 in “I loved the symmetry of turning 55 in 2020 and made a time capsule to mark the 2020 and made a time capsule to mark the occasion. Then Covid happened & I spent occasion. Then Covid happened & I spent the year at home. Next year is my chance! the year at home. Next year is my chance! My birthday is on the 22nd of the month in My birthday is on the 22nd of the month in 2022 🙂 On the 22nd of every month I’ll find 2022 🙂 On the 22nd of every month I’ll find something to go in my capsule. It might be something to go in my capsule. It might be a flower to press, a pretty stamp off a letter, a flower to press, a pretty stamp off a letter, something that sums up the day. I’ll write something that sums up the day. I’ll write a card about why I’ve chosen it, & at the a card about why I’ve chosen it, & at the end of the year I’ll have 12 things to evoke end of the year I’ll have 12 things to evoke memories & bring me joy.” memories & bring me joy.” Select one thing that made today, today. What captures what you did today, or how you felt today? Write a short note about the thing that you have chosen and why. Perhaps, you’ll join Jo and add something new to your collection on the 22nd of February – or on the date of your birthday.

22. Art Review By Leah Murray “I am 65 years old, currently launching my “I am 65 years old, currently launching my second career as a digital multi-media artist. second career as a digital multi-media artist. When I start feeling stale I take myself off to a When I start feeling stale I take myself off to a local venue of some sort and do this exercise local venue of some sort and do this exercise to refresh my creative brain and chill out the to refresh my creative brain and chill out the lizard brain.” lizard brain.” Write an art review! First, you need to find a piece of art. Go outside, to a local gallery, search Google Images – or find something in the space around you. It might be a sculpture, a painting, fountain, shop window, cartoon, anything goes.
Set a timer for 5 minutes, and write about the image that grabbed you. Beauty is only one of many criteria when selecting an image: your choice may attract you because of the loud colours, textures or shapes, but repel you on account of what is represented.

22. Kitchen Stories By Kara and Mia Harvey-Hill “We are 17 and 15, and we both love to play “We are 17 and 15, and we both love to play badminton, listen to music, cook and draw 🙂 badminton, listen to music, cook and draw 🙂 It’s nice to share the things you enjoy in your It’s nice to share the things you enjoy in your life in creative ways and it allows us to better life in creative ways and it allows us to better understand others in our community as well understand others in our community as well as grow and reflect on our own experiences. as grow and reflect on our own experiences.
We are also running The January Challenge We are also running The January Challenge TIkTok!” TIkTok!” Think of a recipe or dish that is important to you and your family or culture. Share the recipe with somebody else, and ask them to share a recipe that is important to them.
Happy cooking!

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Our Synodal Journey

As you know from our request for photos before Christmas we have been discussing our synodal journey.Before Christmas I asked for photo’s o all of the children’s and your sacraments.We have had a lovely selection of baptism,communion and your wedding photo’s. These are being celebrated in our hall and a part of our Synod 2021-23 display. These show the faith journey we have travelled so far.

Over the past two weeks we have been sharing assemblies and thinking about our hopes and dreams for the church. The photographs below show our school display and our work so far. 

 

 

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Class Charity Day

Today we held our second class charity day and what a success it was. Each class selected a different theme. We had very interesting hair styles in year 3 , a bring and buy sale in year 1 and the most interesting was our  year 6 swap. Mr Skelton happily taught the class and the children happily engaged especially with their new hosen names. 

This was a fun day that allowed much expression in many ways but also benefitted many good causes. Class charity money will go to The Princes trust, Make a wish, The Royal British legion and many more .

Thank you parents for your generosity and support!

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Day 21

21. Nature of Impermanence By Anna Chojnicka Anna Chojnicka is an artist and social Anna Chojnicka is an artist and social entrepreneur creating art by bruising the peel entrepreneur creating art by bruising the peel of a banana with a blunt point. Every day she of a banana with a blunt point. Every day she makes a new piece of art about something makes a new piece of art about something that inspires her. that inspires her. Think of something that you love about the world outside that brings you joy (like listening to rain against your window, or seeing the first flowers of spring).
Bruise it onto a banana peel by writing it in words or drawing a picture using a blunt point (a toothpick, pen lid or seam ripper will do!). With time, the image will get gradually darker. The artwork won’t last forever as the peel gradually rots, so capture it by taking a photo and sharing it, online or offline.

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Day 20

20. A Brush with Nature By Emma Kerr “I am an artist and mother. I live in “I am an artist and mother. I live in Bournemouth. I am extremely proud to be a Bournemouth. I am extremely proud to be a part of the creative team on the ‘The Multipart of the creative team on the ‘The MultiSensory Art Project’. A Brush with Nature’ Sensory Art Project’. A Brush with Nature’ invites you to get up close to nature, feeling invites you to get up close to nature, feeling it’s texture in the palm of your hand.” it’s texture in the palm of your hand.” 1. Collect a few natural objects from around your space or a green space nearby. These objects could be a stone, a feather, a pine cone or a leaf, or perhaps it’s something made of wood or sponge.
2. Using these objects, brush each one in turn in the palm of your hand or up your arms to explore each through touch. Allow 1-2 minutes to do this.
3. Take a few moments to reflect and record your experience.

20. Characters. By Derek Owusu Derek Owusu is an award-winning writer Derek Owusu is an award-winning writer and poet from North London. In 2019, Derek and poet from North London. In 2019, Derek collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, an On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, an anthology exploring the experiences of Black anthology exploring the experiences of Black men in Britain. men in Britain. Today’s challenge is designed to help you get to know, or create a character for a new piece of writing, or for a story you’re already working on. Imagine that a character in your story has died, and that you have been tasked to write their eulogy in a thoughtful, compassionate way, highlighting the important moments of their life and giving those attending the funeral the broadest picture of who they were.
What are the words you choose to capture the story of a character in your story?

20. Portrait of Love.  By Susan Carter “I’m Susan Carter. I’m 67, live in Bridport “I’m Susan Carter. I’m 67, live in Bridport and we were given this challenge during and we were given this challenge during lockdown by our local community theatre, lockdown by our local community theatre, the Lyric. Everyone put their portraits up in the Lyric. Everyone put their portraits up in their front windows and you could tour the their front windows and you could tour the town to view. This appealed to all ages and town to view. This appealed to all ages and abilities and ended with professional artists abilities and ended with professional artists sketching portraits in the town centre on sketching portraits in the town centre on market day after lockdown.” market day after lockdown.” Draw, or make a collage, of somebody you love. Don’t spend too long on it – you could doodle, sketch or copy a photograph. This challenge isn’t about creating something perfect!
Share it with them however you would like to.

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Day 19

19. Raisin Meditation By Claire Bridges, Now Go Create “Hello! We all have busy lives and time “Hello! We all have busy lives and time pressures, and sometimes stressful pressures, and sometimes stressful situations. This can mean that we become situations. This can mean that we become distracted and disconnected from ourselves distracted and disconnected from ourselves and the rich stimulus all around us. For the and the rich stimulus all around us. For the next five minutes, you’re going to study a next five minutes, you’re going to study a raisin like you’ve never studied anything raisin like you’ve never studied anything before!” before!” Collect a small food item, like a raisin, a sweet, nut or piece of rice. Get comfy, and spend up to 5 minutes really focussing on the item. Every time your attention wonders, gently bring it back to focus.
The idea is that by focusing all your attention on the tiny raisin, you help to bring your mind into the moment and train it to notice the present.

19. Treasure Box By Becky Morrissson This challenge is brought to us by Becky This challenge is brought to us by Becky Morrisson, a retired Head teacher who is Morrisson, a retired Head teacher who is learning how to be a well being coach! learning how to be a well being coach! Fill a box, big or small, with the items that capture a landscape that you love.
It could be where you are now, where you grew up or somewhere you’ve been once, but think about often. What are the things that tell the story of that place? You could put in natural materials, tickets, leaflets or photographs.
Perhaps you write a poem or a description of why your landscape is treasured by you. Who is with you in this landscape? What would you be doing there?

19. Random Act of Kindress By Rotherham United CST “Rotherham United CST is the Official “Rotherham United CST is the Official Charitable Partner of Rotherham United Charitable Partner of Rotherham United Football Club and works to createlong lasting Football Club and works to createlong lasting positive change in communities.” positive change in communities.” Today’s challenge is to try a random act of kindness! Inspired by the community values behind Rotherham United CST, do something unexpected for a member of your community, wherever and whatever that might be.
Perhaps you leave a note for a stranger, bake a cake for your colleagues or classmates, offer to take out a neighbour’s dog, donate whatever you can to a local sports organisation – or perhaps you choose to be kind to yourself, in whatever way that means to you. You could work together on your act of kindness, or individually.

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Day 18

18. Lifted by Colour By H Today’s challenge is from H. H is supported Today’s challenge is from H. H is supported by ‘It’s Not Your Birthday, But…’, and by ‘It’s Not Your Birthday, But…’, and they have worked together to set today’s they have worked together to set today’s challenge! challenge!
H has created a pastel piece of art called H has created a pastel piece of art called ‘Lifted By Colour’ that won a Koestler Arts ‘Lifted By Colour’ that won a Koestler Arts Award, which has inspired today’s challenge. Award, which has inspired today’s challenge. What does the phrase ‘Lifted by Colour’ make you think about? Today’s challenge is to interpret this phrase in a way that is meaningful to you. Where do you find or imagine colour, and how does it make you feel? You could celebrate your favourite colour, spot the rainbow in different objects throughout your day, create a sketch or collage that uses all of the colours you can find.

18. Food Lettering By Serena Raymond “I’m Serena, I’m 27, from Utah, I’m a mom “I’m Serena, I’m 27, from Utah, I’m a mom and part-time kindergarten teacher.” and part-time kindergarten teacher.” Pick a food that you have available to you, and that is important to your culture. Perhaps it is a certain spice, sauce or grain. On a clean surface, use that ingredient to write out a word of your choice. Perhaps it is your name, the dish that you associate with your chosen ingredient, or a different word altogether. Once you’ve created your food-inspired calligraphy, put the food back into the cupboard – or into a dish!
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, doodle a written word to capture the essence of your chosen food.

18. Send a Song By ConnectForce “Connectforce’s work centres around using “Connectforce’s work centres around using creativity to forge connections. We’re lucky creativity to forge connections. We’re lucky enough to have seen the wonderful impact enough to have seen the wonderful impact of using creative expression to brighten of using creative expression to brighten someone’s day, and we hope that this someone’s day, and we hope that this challenge will encapsulate and encourage challenge will encapsulate and encourage that! This challenge can be interpreted in that! This challenge can be interpreted in whatever way speaks to you – it doesn’t have whatever way speaks to you – it doesn’t have to be a musical or artistic masterpiece! It’s to be a musical or artistic masterpiece! It’s simply about exploring your connection with simply about exploring your connection with another person and sharing the results. We another person and sharing the results. We hope you enjoy it!” hope you enjoy it!” Find (or write…) a poem or song that might mean something to you and another person. Send (or perform…) it to them, and ask them to send one back.

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Day 17

17. Blue By Helen Carter-Shaw “Today is what is sometimes known as Blue “Today is what is sometimes known as Blue Monday. It’s the day of the year where we are Monday. It’s the day of the year where we are supposed to be feeling most blue (I think blue supposed to be feeling most blue (I think blue can be a nice uplifting colour if you choose can be a nice uplifting colour if you choose your time and place…) and at our lowest. your time and place…) and at our lowest. So here’s our chance to enjoy a bit of colour So here’s our chance to enjoy a bit of colour in our lives by focusing on the positive and in our lives by focusing on the positive and what makes us happy.” what makes us happy.” Invite joy into your day! Helen’s ideas include (and are not limited to…);
Putting on your favourite clothes, writing a poem or story using all the colours of the rainbow. Or, going for a walk and collecting or observing something in each colour of the rainbow (or as near as you can get) and marvelling at how lucky we are.

17. Musical Memories.  By Kara and Mia Harvey-Hill “We are 17 and 15, and we both love to play “We are 17 and 15, and we both love to play badminton, listen to music, cook and draw 🙂 badminton, listen to music, cook and draw 🙂 It’s nice to share the things you enjoy in your It’s nice to share the things you enjoy in your life in creative ways and it allows us to better life in creative ways and it allows us to better understand others in our community as well understand others in our community as well as grow and reflect on our own experiences. as grow and reflect on our own experiences.
We are also running The January Challenge We are also running The January Challenge TIkTok!” TIkTok!” What is your favourite piece of music and why? Where, who and what does it remind you of? Reflect on those memories, and choose – or write – a lyric that captures the meaning of the song for you. Present your lyric however you like.

17. Shadow Dancing.  By NAPA NAPA works with Arts Coordinators in care NAPA works with Arts Coordinators in care homes and believe that every care and homes and believe that every care and support setting should be full of life, love and support setting should be full of life, love and laughter. laughter. Create shadow puppets with your hands, body or the objects around you. Move your shadows so that they dance together on the wall, pavement or ground.
Can the shadows work together to create something new

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Day 16

16. Find a Flower By Ayisatu Emore “I’m Ayisatu, I’m 31 and I live in Wigan with “I’m Ayisatu, I’m 31 and I live in Wigan with my hubby and 2 kiddos and I’ve been on a my hubby and 2 kiddos and I’ve been on a journey of reconnecting with my creativity. journey of reconnecting with my creativity. I think being creatively expressive is a right I think being creatively expressive is a right that all humans should be able to enjoy. I that all humans should be able to enjoy. I have started to draw again after giving up have started to draw again after giving up so long ago. I want everyone to know that so long ago. I want everyone to know that feeling.” feeling.” Find a flower. You might find it outside, inside, in a book, magazine or online.
Consider the colour, shapes and textures of the flower. Is it rough, soft, rotting, smooth…or anything else?
Capture the essence and colours of your flower in a picture, sketch or haiku.

16. Journey By Graeae BEYOND Artists BEYOND is designed to transform the BEYOND is designed to transform the careers of Deaf and Disabled artists, careers of Deaf and Disabled artists, supporting new connections to artistic supporting new connections to artistic development opportunities, advice, training, development opportunities, advice, training, mentoring and creative spaces within a mentoring and creative spaces within a national network of theatres. national network of theatres. A murmuration is a large group of birds, usually starlings, that fly together and change direction together. The flock is always changing – it shrinks, grows, changes direction and pace. It is a beautiful sight!
Who and what is in your flock? Think about the food, music, celebrations, people and traditions that make up your ever-moving journey.
Capture your flock in a sketch, poem, photograph – it’s up to you.

16. Story time By Tilly “I’m Tilly. I’m 61, I live in North Wales and “I’m Tilly. I’m 61, I live in North Wales and I love taking the time to be creative. The I love taking the time to be creative. The January Challenge and Weekly Challenges January Challenge and Weekly Challenges help encourage me to do just that. help encourage me to do just that.
I think it’s fun to think on your feet, and this I think it’s fun to think on your feet, and this challenge will entail some fast thinking in challenge will entail some fast thinking in order to keep the story going in sequence…” order to keep the story going in sequence…” Write the opening sentence to a story, and invite somebody to add the next line. Keep on passing it round – adding on sentence by sentence until your story finds its end. You could pass it between a pair, a three or a group of people. You could start off a story in the 64 Million Artists Facebook group, create your story by text, email or a phone call – or send somebody your story starter by post.
Where does your story go

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