Tilbury Pioneer students inspired by Estuary Festival

YEAR 4 pupils from Tilbury Pioneer Academy recently visited Tilbury Cruise Terminal as part of Estuary 2016. They were able to listen to an interesting talk about the Cruise Terminal and then they took part in various creative activities.After taking the ferry to Gravesend they had their lunch on board the Ship LV21. Built in 1963, Light Vessel 21 (LV21) is a unique 40 metre steel-hulled lightship, the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House. Now a floating arts venue, LV21’s arrival at St. Andrew’s Quay in Gravesend for Estuary 2016 marks the start of an exciting five-month funded research and development activity to explore the rich cultural landscape of Gravesham, connecting with local residents and building new arts and community partnerships across the region.For Estuary 2016, LV21 will host three artists Cathy Fitzgerald, Anna Lucas and Dan Thompson, exhibiting as part of Points of Departure as well as being a key part of the festival’s education offer for all ages, with workshops, talks and schools tours. LV21’s move to the Thames has been made possible through the invaluable support of Arts Council England, Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council Creative & Cultural Economy Service.Head of School, Mr Dan George, said “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it very informative. Millie (4P) said it was very interesting when the learned that they had a bridge near the river and she really enjoyed having lunch on the boat. Billy and Cameron (4P) enjoyed listening to the traditional sea songs from the engineer on the boat. Thank you to our fantastic parent helpers on the day!

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