Turning Japanese at Boldon School

Boldon School has hosted its third cross-curricular Cultural Arts Project in as many years. The project allowed students to explore elements of Japanese culture whilst also allowing them to hone their creative, musical, poetic and presentation skills.

The two-day workshop, with a focus on Japanese theatre and traditional Noh masks, also required students to prepare and deliver a themed presentation to over 70 parents. All students were credited with presenting which has helped them to develop important life-skills for their future career ambitions. The students also explored traditional Japanese art work and improved their language skills through devising traditional Japanese poetry called Haiku’s.

As the project’s third annual run, Boldon School can still claim to be the only School in South Tyneside where all Year 7 students achieve the Bronze Arts Award, in collaboration with the Customs House. Parents’ feedback from the project was extremely positive; “A brilliant very well presented event. The children were fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the range of Japanese Culture presented and absolutely loved the music; a huge well done.”

Head Teacher Mrs E Hayes added: “ The project was a wonderful opportunity for year 7 to learn more about the world around them. The students gained a wealth of knowledge and valuable life-experiences and did the school proud.” The school looks forward to the potential of hosting the event next year to provide even more students with such a valuable experience, both professionally and culturally.