Tufnell Park pupils make school calendar inspired by local area

Group photo with the calendar artworks

Group photo with the calendar artworks - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Tufnell Park Primary School have created a special calendar that celebrates their local area – past and present.

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.

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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.