BUILT TO LAST!
We have spent much of 2019 exploring our archive, digitising its contents, and creating pieces of art and film in response to the history of our much loved school and wider Newburn Area.
On this page, you can explore the digitised archive yourself, and enjoy some of the work we have completed to accompany it and document our journey!
Thank you to everyone that has been involved this year. We've had so much help from incredibly kind volunteers, without whom the project would not have been possible. We've learnt so much from the older people in local care homes, Denecroft and Lindisfarne, and loved getting to know former pupils and teachers of the school!
It has been truly wonderful and really highlighted the kind, close knit, and interesting community we have here in Newburn.
Community 'Show and Share' Event
On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, we welcomed members of the community into school to share memories and old photographs about the school as part of our 'Built to Last' project with Equal Arts. We explored lots of fascinating old school archives - some dating back to the 1800s. It was brilliant to be able to capture some stories from former pupils on film and make audio recordings; we hope to be able to share these with you as the project progresses.
Goodbye and Thank You!
As previously mentioned, small groups of Year 5 children have been visiting the Lindisfarne and Denecroft care homes in Throckley over the past few weeks to chat to elderly residents about their school days and life in the past. They have built up excellent relationships with the residents, very much enjoying each other's company. Our final visit took place this week and we are extremely grateful to staff and residents at both homes who have made us feel so welcome - a big thank you to you all!
Filming at Denecroft
A group of Year 5 children had a lovely time at Denecroft chatting to residents, playing a few games and singing together. They then conducted interviews with their elderly friends and captured some of their memories and recollections on film. They made a brilliant film crew! The video will eventually be incorporated into an online community resource as part of the 'Built to Last' project, so watch this space!
Sharing thoughts at Lindisfarne
Twelve of our fabulous Year 5 Dementia Friends were lucky enough to go to a local care facility to chat with some of the residents. After our recent training, pupils were experts in making conversation with those who are living with the condition.
Mrs Peters accompanied the children and came back with some excellent praise! Our pupils behaved exceptionally and were brilliant when chatting with the residents.
On Thursday 17th January, Kate from Equal Arts came in to run dementia awareness training with our Year 5 class. During the morning she spoke about what dementia is and how we can help understand how people are feeling who have dementia. All of our Year 5 pupils are now trained Dementia Friends ... the 5 key messages are:
- Dementia is not a natural part of ageing.
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory - it can affect thinking, communication and doing everyday tasks.
- It is possible to live well with dementia.
- There's more to a person than dementia.