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Holt Primary School youngsters celebrate gold arts award with a Christmas craft afternoon

PUBLISHED: 11:33 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 05 December 2017

Members of Holt Primary School Arts Council with a mural they created as part of a project run with north Norfolk arts organisation Falcon. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Members of Holt Primary School Arts Council with a mural they created as part of a project run with north Norfolk arts organisation Falcon. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Holt Primary School celebrated gaining a prestigious Artsmark Gold award, by holding a ‘golden’ afternoon creating hand made Christmas tree decorations.

Holt Primary School Arts Council members Laila Wright, 8, and Reece Pointer, 10 with a mural they helped create as part of a project run with north Norfolk arts organisation Falcon. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Holt Primary School Arts Council members Laila Wright, 8, and Reece Pointer, 10 with a mural they helped create as part of a project run with north Norfolk arts organisation Falcon. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Arts Council England awards aim to encourage schools to develop creativity in youngsters and demonstrate a commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Holt Primary, which had to put together a portfolio as part of its application, was praised for community projects including inter-school choir and variety concerts, trips to West End musicals and work with Holt Festival, Norwich Go Go trail and north Norfolk children’s arts organisation Falcon.

Holt Primary School Arts Council member Douglas Lights with a dragon pupilsl decorated as part of Norwich Go Go Trail. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Holt Primary School Arts Council member Douglas Lights with a dragon pupilsl decorated as part of Norwich Go Go Trail. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The school also runs after-school music, drama and art clubs, and runs workshops with visiting artists.

Year 4 teacher and arts co-ordinator Eleanor Haynes said the award recognised Holt Primary School’s commitment to learning through the arts.

Holt Primary School Arts Council members Fred Riches and Beau Hannah decorate a Christmasl tree with golden baubles they made during a craft afternoon celebrating the school's gold Artsmark award. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Holt Primary School Arts Council members Fred Riches and Beau Hannah decorate a Christmasl tree with golden baubles they made during a craft afternoon celebrating the school's gold Artsmark award. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

She added: “We try to do a wide range of things to make children realise that art is all around them.”

Holt Primary School Arts Council, who celebrated the school's gold Artsmark award by making golden Christmas tree decorations. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Holt Primary School Arts Council, who celebrated the school's gold Artsmark award by making golden Christmas tree decorations. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Holt Primary School choir members performing at an inter-school concert. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Holt Primary School choir members performing at an inter-school concert. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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