Norton Canes High School has strong links with the local community. On 7th September, we were awarded ‘Winning School’ in the Community Council of Staffordshire’s Best Kept Village Schools’ Competition. At the award ceremony, students were praised for their outstanding contributions. Six students are to be rewarded with a helicopter ride over the National Memorial Arboretum, courtesy of the The Leavesley Group.
Pictured: Ella-Jay Anslow (Y8), Steven Schnabel (Y11), Aime Drury (Y10) and Francesca Russell (Y10), receiving their awards for ‘Outstanding Submissions’. Their winning entries are on display at the National Memorial Arboretum.
REMEMBRANCE – NORTON CANES HIGH SCHOOL
A small group of students, led by Year 9 student Millie Edwards, have created poetry on the theme of Remembrance, looking back at VE Day 1945. The students used the story ‘Waiting for Peace’ by Michelle Magorian as a stimulus. The idea of printing a poem on ceramic panels was inspired by the idea of engravings on a war memorial or even a burial stone – an idea presented by Steven Schnabel, Year 11. The use of ceramics links into the community art project led by Millie Edwards and Francesca Russell. Students across several year groups created two mosaic panels to celebrate BKV 2015. In one panel, Norton Canes is represented as it is in 2015, whereas the second panel reflects upon its past, in particular its mining heritage. The idea for the mosaic came from the archeological discovery of the STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD in a neighbouring parish. As if unearthed during an archaeological dig, each tile emerges from the soil to afford a glimpse into important elements of village life. Millie and Francesca visited Norton Primary Academy and continued this theme by running a print-making workshop with pupils from Year 2. Pupils in Key-Stage 2 wrote about the experience of war, and together these words and pictures created the ‘Remember our Soldiers’ tree, which stands in the village. Norton Canes High School students have liaised with Community groups and the Parish Council to create and place several other ‘trees’ and artworks around the village, embracing the themes of litter and recycling, landmarks, flora and fauna and generally celebrating BKV.