THE highly successful Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer programme is open for new and continuing schools to sign up for the academic year 2018/19.
Heading into its fifth year in schools across Thurrock, the Royal Opera House’s innovative Thurrock Trailblazer programme has proved to be very popular with schools and students alike, offering staff and young people the opportunity to take part in high quality arts and cultural activities. Students have visited heritage sites, seen drama and dance performances, performed their own work, and met a range of creative professionals who have inspired and encouraged them. Specialist teacher training has helped to boost creative learning and students’ development. Since 2014/15, ROH Thurrock Trailblazer has reached 43 schools in Thurrock and more than 10,000 students. So far in the 2017/18 programme, more than 4,000 children from Early Years to Post-16, have participated in creative and cultural projects, workshops and trips.
Since it began, Trailblazer has worked with more than 375 teachers in Continued Professional Development programmes. Some of the organisations with an ongoing involvement in Thurrock Trailblazer include Historic Royal Palaces, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Southbank and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Trestle Theatre and Kinetika continue as partners in the programme with new, revised offers and locally Coalhouse Fort, New English Ballet Theatre and Thurrock Music Services will offer exciting opportunities.
New partners for 2018/19 are Thurrock-based Complete Commedia Company which specializes in Commedia dell’Arte theatre, Into Film which will work to offer film creativity and education, visual arts organization Firstsite from Colchester, the playful and provocative new theatre company Silent Uproar and Lyrici Arts, lyrical performance producers.
The Royal Opera House’s learning and participation offering also continues to grow: Create and Sing Carmen and Create and Dance Nutcracker both return, and new projects Opera in a Day and Create and Dance Alice will launch in Thurrock.
Working with the ROH Learning and Participation team, each Thurrock Trailblazer school creates a yearlong calendar of cross-curricular creative activities tailored to their needs. It can include any art form such as: creative writing, visual arts, design, drama, dance, music, singing, film and photography. To ensure schools develop the very best programme for their students, Thurrock Trailblazer also gives teachers access to expertise, training and resources from a wide range of creative venues and organisations such as theatres, museums, galleries, orchestras, professional artists, writers and choreographers. In 2017/18, 30 Thurrock schools have been taking part in Artsmark as part of their Trailblazer work, with three achieving an Artsmark Platinum, seven attaining gold and 11 silver.
Through the Trailblazer programme, schools and the Royal Opera House, together with Thurrock Council are creating an outstanding learning culture in Thurrock that will provide children with the opportunity to discover their creativity, connect with the wider world and develop essential personal skills.
Recruitment for the academic year 2018/19 begins on 16th April. To find out more or to register your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.roh.org.uk/trailblazer