‘And The World Changed’ is an Arts Council funded, long-term, outdoor installation by Tean-based Emma Dawson Varughese. It is set across a 1/4 mile riverside, walking route in Tean, taking in Well Meadow Gardens, the recreation ground and around the back of Tean Hall Mills, known locally as 'Birdcage'. Taking direct inspiration from the natural world, the installation uses 6 large logs to imagine what the last 12 months of Covid and its related 'stilling' of life has been like for the animals known to be in this area. The large logs reach around knee-level and the top is the size of a small patio table. The logs are worked on the cross section and each one includes a brass plaque, engraved with poetic/lyrical text and this is accompanied by visual artwork rendered through pyrography and decorative hardware. Two rural foxes run across one of the logs whilst a colourful Goldfinch meets a Sunflower on another. Emma has been working on the project since November last year and in addition to the making, each log carries a QR code which takes you through to a range of articles, materials, 'conversation points' and recommended 'reads', all on the subject of our interactions with the natural world and how 'the world changed' suddenly, early last year. See more at storylogs.co.uk, 'And The World Changed'.
Our year 6 pupils were lucky enough to spend a morning with the local artist, Emma, to discover how the concept came about and ask many questions about her creation. The pupils had learnt the poems engraved on the individual installations and they were recorded performing the poems, these audio recordings will be added to the artist’s website. The children loved the experience and were happy to share their thoughts on this exciting art project:
“Thank you to Emma for this inspiring artwork that has helped me understand about the animals coping during lockdown:
“It is a kind gesture for the local community to enjoy and appreciate this amazing art”
“It was wonderful to see all the intricate artwork and I can’t imagine all the hard work that went in to creating them”
The Tean local community were thrilled to receive a generous gift that had been wonderfully crafted by Tean Methodist Church. The lucky beneficiaries of these adorable knitted chicks, with a chocolate egg treat, were the residents of The Old Vicarage, Tean, the mums and children of a local women’s refuge and the pupils at Great Wood Primary, Tean.
These kind donations were a reflection of the local community supporting each other through these troubled times. The eggs, an incredible 171 in total, were thoughtfully created by members of the Tean Methodist Church congregation and presented to the recipients by Rev. Julie Hassall, Mrs. Davies and Mark Hatcher. Alongside the colourful, chocolatey treat the pupils also received a cross in preparation for Easter.
Pupils were so excited to receive these lovable chicks:
“Thank you Tean Methodist Church, it symbolises Easter very nicely”, Sydney, aged 11.
“Thank you for this lovely, kind act, it has warmed my heart to see all this hard effort”, Charlie, aged 10.
Mr. Adamson, the School Leader commented, “The faces of the children receiving these adorable chicks lit up and there was a genuine excitement as they selected their chick to take home. The generosity and thought taken to prepare these beautifully crafted chicks is amazing and we would love to thank all those involved in knitting them. A donation that reflects the thought and love that is prevalent in the local community here in Tean”
Today 23rd March 2021 marks a full year since the UK’s first National Lockdown. Marie-Curie, the end of life charity, wish to reflect upon those that we have lost during the pandemic. Today will be a National Day of Reflection in respect of those who have lost their lives during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We will be observing a minutes silence at 12pm, as a mark of respect and reflection.
On Friday 19th March our Great Wood family supported Comic Relief and raised a massive £356.00!
Our children wore red and comic relief shirts and gave a donation to the very deserving charity. They also bough biscuits, baked by our amazing Lesley for 50p each.
To celebrate Red Nose Day our pupils took part in Great Wood’s Got Talent, to entertain their peers and our staff, virtually via Teams. Our winners and runners up all received a chocolate treat.
Thank you to everyone who took part, you were all amazing!
We have had some feathered friends visiting us this week. Heidi has bought some of her chicks from home to see us in school. The classes have all been able to handle and learn about the chicks. They have been singing in the hall and joining in by watching all the children's activities.
We would like to thank Heidi and her family for allowing us to enjoy their cute feathered friends.
On Friday 13th March our Great Wood children had a Birthday party to celebrate birthdays between the beginning of January and the end of term. Our birthday children received a special birthday cake, baked by our amazing Lesley. The children played games, won prizes and enjoyed a sweet treat. They all had a fantastic time and we would like to thank the Great Wood team for making this possible.
Our year 4 and year 5 children had a two wheel adventure on Friday as they took part in bikeability. They were taught new skills and all about road safety by our bikeability team.
All of the children, who took part, completed the course and will receive Bikeability badges and certificates of achievement.
Well done to all our safe cyclists, we are very proud of you!
Year Six pupils enjoyed an afternoon of creative art thanks to the skills of Mark Hatcher, a representative from the Methodist Church. Pupils made cards and created gifts for Mothers Day. Mark is then preparing Easter art ideas, linking in work from the RE curriculum as we prepare for our Easter celebrations. The pupils loved the opportunity to get sticky and messy while thinking of their wonderful mums.
Our Great Wood family all dressed up today, as a character from their favourite book. We had many Harry Potters, Scarecrows, Marvel characters, Penguins and characters from David Walliams' books.
All of our children and staff looked amazing and we would like to thank them all for all the effort that they have made.
The Great Wood team all donned masks to disguise their identity and read out the famous story of Peter Rabbit!
The children had a great time trying to unmask our readers and guess which member of staff was which character. This was a fantastic way to celebrate World Book Week and every Great Wood child will be receiving a World Book Day voucher, to use as part payment for the next book that they purchase.
Thanks to Mrs Roberts for organising this fantastic event and thank you to our readers and to everyone for joining in. Keep reading!!