Tufnell Park pupils make school calendar inspired by local area
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 December 2015
Pupils at Tufnell Park Primary School have created a special calendar that celebrates their local area – past and present.
Tufnell Park School calendar
August - Teachers say why they love Tufnell Park School
January: Snowballing on Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath held by Alma from Heracles
October: Trick or treating in Tufnell Park - held by Hunter and Edie from the Nursery
November: Remember, remember... Fireworks in Tufnell Park held by Otis and Leah
December: Annual carol singing outside the Tufnell Park Tavern on Campdale Road held by Monique from Ursa
February: The Gaumont - Holloway Odeon as it was in the 1950s held by Frankie and Indiya from Aquila
March: Easter Hat Parade at Tufnell Park Primary School held by Molly from Andromeda
April: Dalmeny Park, N7 - the kids' go-to park when school's out held by Jack from Delphinus
May: The Sobell Centre, Holloway - inspired by a great day out for the whole school held by Arthur
June: Tufnell Park School Fun Run - the kids raise money for the school on their annual Runathon held by Maya and Meadow from Cygnus
July: Tufnell Park Primary 2015 summer carnival - the school's epic school fair held by Leo from Orion
September: Caledonian Park Clocktower: the kids explore the local area on a great day out held by Dana from Columba
From the initial idea to the painting, drawing, colouring and crafting of the artworks, every activity has been done by the children from nursery to Year Six.
Among the illustrations in the 2016 calendar is one of the children wearing 50s-style clothes outside the old Gaumont dance hall (now the Holloway Odeon cinema in Holloway Road).
Other buildings and landscapes include the Caledonian Clock Tower, which children saw on a recent school trip; Dalmeny Park; the Sobell Leisure Centre; and nearby Hampstead Heath, showing a view over London from Parliament Hill.
The teachers were not left out: they were given the month of August 2016, dedicated to the theme: “I love Tufnell Park because…” Answers in their illustration ranged from “The school is so friendly” to “We’re all in it together!”
Headteacher Martin Scarborough said: “Creating the calendar brings the whole school community together. Our children have been exploring the history and geography of the local area, so this year’s theme also gave us an opportunity to celebrate our learning in a particularly creative way.”
This is the fourth year that pupils at the school have created a calendar.
Last year’s was based on events that happen in particular months – such as Midsummer in June, Halloween in October, International Book Day in March and Valentine’s Day in February. One of the original 2015 artworks, entitled “Summer Solstice”, is currently on loan to English Heritage.
In 2013, the school used class names – each is named after a constellation – for inspiration: each month featured an artistic interpretation, including a dove for Columba and a lion for Orion.
The printing of the calendar is paid for by local estate agents Drivers and Norris, who are sponsoring the project for the third year running.
The calendar can be purchased from Tufnell Park Primary School, Dalmeny Road, N7 0HJ, for £5. The proceeds go to the school.
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