Arts Day 2017 – Wednesday 31 May

Our annual Arts Day is planned for Wednesday 31st  May and this note will give you some idea of the day’s activities.   Regular lessons will be suspended and the time is given over to a celebration of different art forms.   School uniforms need not be worn on Arts Day.

Six artists including some graduates of National College of Art & Design have been engaged to work alongside the teachers, helping the children to explore and develop various themes using pottery clay. The themes for the day have been selected by the teachers.

Joe Daly the Magician will give two shows in the Hall.  The boys from 1st/2nd will be his first audience, while the Infants are working with the clay.   We are sure that the magician will be highly entertaining and that the children will really enjoy him.

Between 10.30 and 11.30 all the children will gather together in the hall for “Belgrove’s Got Talent”.  There are lots of interesting performances planned for this hour.

After lunch, we will reverse the morning’s procedure – the First and Seconds will be working with clay, while the Infants are entertained by Joe the magician.

Some parents may like to take a look at their son’s class at work with clay.  If so, they may visit infant classrooms from 9.30 – 10 a.m. and 1st / 2nd classrooms from 12.45 – 1.15 p.m.  Please refrain from bringing buggies into classrooms to avoid congestion.

Infants may be collected from their classrooms between 1.10 p.m. and 1.20 p.m. as they may need help with carrying their clay work.  Please inform minders, crèches etc.

Each child will need a one-foot square board (approx.) for working on and for taking home any clay pieces afterwards.  Unfinished work may be left in school and can be brought home at a later date when it has dried out, but many children will want to bring it home immediately!  So plastic/chopping boards, trays, wallboard or other such strong material is suitable.  Please note that cardboard is not strong enough to support clay work.

Face Painting:  Children may go to have their faces painted anytime between 9.15 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.  You are asked not to present brothers/sisters during the day as painting the faces of pupils is a huge task in itself.   Please let us know if your son has ever had a reaction to face paints.