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Back to Ash Tree, with the Peacocks (not Pheasants! thanks Dylan) this time

The arguments between Charlie and Rhys really took off today.  Year 4 didn't just listen to each other respond brilliantly they also did some great acting.  Really believable. 
The same was true for the old lady in Granny's story.  Her voice was so wobbly she could have been at least a hundred.
With regard to the Worzlum pictures, one of our artistic geniuses saw fit to label the fangs on his picture with: Can tell tooth paste has never been seen on his shopping list!
See you next Thursday Peacocks!
Luke and Carry

Bramley St Peter's get a load of Granny

Stomp, stomp, stomp!  I can honestly say we've never had such a stompy Baron Overblow yet.  What a stomper, the whole Gym shook. 
The rumours flew like wild fire around Wyrmslow village as the Worzlum grew to be ferociously big.  It really was the creepiest story by Granny.  Not least because, as one year three pupil pointed out, Carry's hair looked like she'd had an electric shock!  Tee hee. - That's Luke sniggering.
Looking forward to Tuesday St Peter's.  Keep up the good work.
Carry and Luke

From the Alive And Kicking Office Desk

And here we are, fingers poised, telephone silent at the moment, hooray, and in front of me the schedule for Granny's Underground Garden which only has two slots left before Easter.
 
So I'm mixing up some of Granny's potion, thinking of a spell Grimknickers might help with if she ever gets into a good mood, and looking for the courage Gwyneth had when she faced the unicorn.
 
Then I'll ring Ash Tree Primary School - no courage really needed - they are delightful!!!!
 
JM

Granny goes to Seven Hills Primary School

Carry and Luke want to say a big thank you to Year 4 at Seven Hills.  We've seen and done it all today, from dancing Granny's telling their gandchildren if they, "don't like it they can go to bed!"  to some brilliant ballet in Madam Esmerallda's dance class.  The dance of the dying swan was exquisite.  All of this AND the class managed to produce an entire book of Granny's recipes in the ten minutes before lunch!  Granny was very proud.   Can't wait to see you all again this coming Tuesday.  We imagine we will be met by some fairly fearsome pictures of the Worzlum.

the Meadowfield Oaks

So, the Year Fours at Meadowfield reckoned that the old case contained a skull, dressing up clothes and a magical book that could fly into the air...amazing guesses..and the day grew from there. It was FAB! Recipes for Granny included a Cabbage Rolypoly and Icecream with a secret carrot cone. Baron Overblow stomped around the village - stomp, stomp, stomp - and meant it...the villagers really were in fear and trembling. At the meeting to decide whether to rescue Granny, nearly every Ferrish had their say - Teazle had a couple of loyal supporters - but the outcome is..We're off to Wyrm Island. 
The Oaks began to prepare amazing pictures of the Worzlum and to think of some really good words to persuade Teazle that life up top is not so bad. Some fantastic thinking already happening about how all of us are different and we must try to accept it. Teazle would be impressed..Good Luck!
Looking forward to hearing whether your Headteacher liked your new recipes...and seeing you all next week.
Way Haul Away!
Luke and Carry

All aboard at Shire Oak

Monday morning brought Granny bursting into Shire Oak Primary, Headingley where some fantastic Ferrish were on board. The hall buzzed with excitement, Madame Esmerelda was delighted to meet some boys who could really dance ballet and the Granny had her windows polished and weeding done to a very high standard - not to mention watering the Purple Pansy...
All the Ferrish finally agreed at the meeting to risk their lives and sail acrosss the stormy seas to rescue Granny from the Worzlum...find out what happens next week. 
Meanhile, see the children's pages for some fantastic recipes already posted including Brussel Sprout lollipops - Granny will be making them for tea tonight! And Carry is busy investigating where the name 'Ferrish' came from and will report back soon....
 

From the Children at Holy Family

At the end of Day One of Granny, the chidren of Holy Family Armley wrote the company letters telling them their favourite bits of the day.
Here are some of the excerpts...
"That was brilliant! The best story I have ever heard. The best bits were when we argued about the broken statue and when Miss Noble was being Charlie!" Jonathon.
"My best bit was when we had to do the house work because we had to go on our knees and then stand up - it was fun!" Rory
"I loved it when we all pretended to be the Ferrish people and pets and plants. Thank you so much for a great day!" Eve
"Thank you so much for th wonderful day that you have done. My favourite part was when I got told off by Miss Noble. My second favourite part was when I went down the slide" from Mollie from the Ferrish Land.
"My favourite highlight of the day was when we brought our Grannys to life. I was a granny playing rugby! P.S. hope to see you next week." Bradley
"My best moment was when I got the talking stick and said the speech at the Ferrish meeting because it makde me feel proud and happy. Thank you for coming." Abigail of Ferrish Land.
"Thursday 19th of January 2012 was brilliant. My favourite parts were the time Ouzle knocked on the door and when we went down the slide" Callum of the Ferrish people.
Thank you for all your letters. We all loved the enthusiasm with which you took on all the roles and became part of the story. You were great! Can't wait for next week.
Luke, Carry and Martin.

Participation and funding

 
An interesting David Edgar led debate on the public funding of the arts in the Guardian last week ...
 
"Almost all the documented social benefits of the arts have been achieved not by people attending plays and concerts but by those who participate in them. And while many publicly funded arts organisations have participatory programmes, most public money still goes to subsidise people sitting or standing silently looking at other people do things (or, in the case of books and pictures, things they've done). Unless the current balance of arts funding between – say – the London Symphony Orchestra and Burnley Youth Theatre is to be reversed, most public funding will continue to go to activities whose value is hardest to measure."
 
Well participation is us!

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