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Ilford school's arts competition brings out children's 'passion and expression'

PUBLISHED: 12:12 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 04 February 2016

Children took part in a compeittion to promote the arts at Cranbrook Primary School

Children took part in a compeittion to promote the arts at Cranbrook Primary School

Vishal Thaper

Anyone with doubts of how important the arts are in Redbridge only had to visit one school last week.

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.

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