Ilford school's arts competition brings out children's 'passion and expression'
PUBLISHED: 12:12 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 04 February 2016
Anyone with doubts of how important the arts are in Redbridge only had to visit one school last week.
Cranbrook School arts competition
Cranbrook Primary School dancers with Rianna Barton third from left
The judges, from left to right, Rishi Boyjoonau- th, Yolanda Guns and Ally Tansley
Excited children speak to reporter Ralph Blackburn
An art exhibition in the competition between seven schools
The theme for the competition which involved art, music and dance was Time Warp
Children from Glade Primary School, in Clayhall
School children in the hall at Cranbrook Primary School for the arts competition
The art submitted for the competition
Children from Roding School, in Woodford Green, about to perform their dance routine
Glade Primary School, Clayhall, in the middle of their dance performance
Glade Primary School dancing
Leverton Junior School, from Waltham Abbey, performing at the arts competition in Cranbrook Primary School, Ilford
A saxophone solo in Leverton School's performance
The dance performance of Fullwood School, Barkingside, who won the overall competition
Prizes for the school which came first, second and third in each category
Fullwood School, Barkingside, perform at the arts competition
Cleveland Primary Schools winning dance routine was of a time machine
The time machine went forwards and back through time, with different periods being acted out
Cleveland Road School showing boxing
Cleveland Road school children dancing in the arts competition
Their dance was the longest and it also went back in time to the dinosaurs
They were praised by the judges for the originality of the idea and routine
Children took part in a competition to promote the arts at Cranbrook Primary School
The finale of Cleveland Road's performance
Children took part in a compeittion to promote the arts at Cranbrook Primary School
Seven schools took part in Cranbrook Primary School’s second annual arts competition, with boys and girls dancing their hearts out all afternoon.
Between performances, children across the hall carried on practising, doing body pops and moves with their friends.
The dancers performed with their teachers at the school in The Drive, Ilford, mixing Justin Bieber with Seventies disco.
Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Barbara White, a guest at the show, spoke of the importance of such events.
“I’m not saying maths and English aren’t important but I do not think they get the same expression and passion for life that the arts do.
“It should be for everyone, it shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a birth right.”
Cranbrook headteacher Jas Leverton said: “Often people comment on behaviour in classrooms, but today the children were great, celebrating everyone’s talents through the arts.”
While waiting for the judges to announce the winners, eight-year-old Rianna Barton, from Cranbrook, walked over to me.
“Who did you like?” she asked.
“All the schools were great,” I said trying to be diplomatic.
“Everybody has said that,” Rianna sighed exasperatedly.
I asked: “Are you going to dance again next year?”
“I hope so,” she said, “I really want to.”
While Fullwood School, Barkingside, won the top prize, much to Rianna’s disappointment, it’s clear that music and dance were the real winners.