A Record Breaking Year in Schools
Posted by Volunteer Administrator on 15th August 2022
We’ve had our busiest year yet working with local schools to create a whole range of fantastic writing.
- Our Fantastic Writing Facilitator Keith Jarrett led three rounds of our speech writing programme Speak Up with Bridge Academy Year 9 students. These young writers went on to deliver stirring speeches at Hackney Town Hall, Hoxton Hall and the Houses of Parliament.
- We worked with Hackney primary schools – De Beauvoir, London Fields, Queensbridge and Randal Cremer – on sketch comedy and poetry and published not one but two anthologies: This Book Will Blow Your Mind and Incidents Of Time Travel To Ancient Maya: A Journal By Rahmat Cluckoobox, both facilitated and edited by Writing Facilitator Justin Coe.
- Writing Facilitator Phoebe Wagner ran a Bridge Builders after-school club which saw Year 6 pupils from De Beauvoir, Queensbridge and Randal Cremer join creative forces with Year 7 students from Bridge Academy. They created zines and a group poem on the theme of transitioning from primary to secondary school.
- City Of London Academy Highbury Grove took part in a four-day sketch comedy intensive with Writing Facilitator Gem Ahmet. Chuckles abound as the group were joined by professional actors to workshop their sketches on the last day.
- Culloden Primary worked with our Writing Facilitator Bronia Evers on an after-school club inspired by the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls books. Pupils chose a female role model to learn and write about, they then created puppets and filmed their stories.
- We held our first full week of one-off workshops since Covid, at Ministry of Stories HQ, with schools visiting to take part in Comic Books, Story Making, Gothic Fiction and Rebel Girls workshops.
- We began a three year partnership with ten primary schools in Poplar, Tower Hamlets and worked on a different writing project with each school. The end results included a vibrant school newspaper, a rib-tickling Stone Age play, and a series of Masterchef style videos with young people performing their recipe poems. These were borne out of Writing Facilitator Laila Sumpton’s work with pupils at Marner Primary on a poetry project which celebrated individuality.
- To mark the end of the first year working together, we threw a huge, imagination bursting celebration event!
Congratulations to all the young writers who took part in our creative writing projects, we’re so inspired by your amazing imaginations!