Year 8 students visiting Ellie Langley near Ireshopeburn in Weardale

    At Home with Heritage is a cross-curricular project by St John’s School and Sixth Form College, Bishop Auckland, designed to enhance  students’ education as well as their life experiences by engaging with and celebrating where we live and work.

    ‘We want them to develop a greater understanding of the extent to which their lives can be enriched by what lies on their doorstep.  16 groups from 13 departments are embarking on different mini-projects ranging from investigations into agricultural shows, local legends, renewable energy and inspirational people past and present to the tradition of tea dances, First World War losses, accents and dialects, and traditional crafts including willow weaving and dry stone walling.  The plan is that it all comes together in February with a week-long exhibition and celebration event.  As an arts coordinator I love to see the impact that arts-based activities can have on young people and how transformative opening their eyes to the world around them can be.  How grateful we are, therefore, to Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund for enabling us to give more opportunities to many of our 1400 students’.  Jaquie Holloway, Arts Co-ordinator.