DAD4DADs 6 Ways 2 Wellbeing workshop day at East Kent College

Schools and arts award

On 3 November we delivered drawing, movement and sound workshops at East Kent College, Folkestone, for 75 students from the East Kent College Performing Arts department, Folkestone Academy and Sandwich Technology School.

After an introduction from Olivia Duggan of East Kent College who along with Anita Meyer and their students were our hosts for the day, Natalie Prior and Diane Bundy introduced everyone to the Six Ways to Wellbeing in a collaborative exercise. The students then divided into groups for their workshops: they had an opportunity to develop a skill they were more familiar with and one they were less familiar with in a morning and afternoon workshop.

As with the workshop day at Astor, the dance/movement workshops were led by Luke Burrough from Jasmin Vardimon Company, the drawing workshops were led by Greg Stobbs aka SQUIRL and the music/sound workshops by Richard Bundy.

Richards workshop was challenging creative and really fun. He didn’t speak at all for the first 20 minutes – just made a sound or gesture and conducted the students. They created some original and creative group pieces using sound – singing, body percussion and vocalisation – culminating in one big group piece. Really inspiring and uplifting all engaged using their ideas   Anita Meyer  East Kent College

The use of humming in the music workshop would be a great thing for us to take back into school throughout our PGCE training   PGCE STUDENT Sandwich Technology School

What does a Dad look like?

Write down what you think a typical Dad thing to say is.

Drawing is good!  Trainee Food Teacher after a Greg Stobbs workshop

Conversations with the boys over lunch, after their movement workshop with Luke , revealed a more open dialogue regarding their fathers or stepfathers. Some students were not able to relate to their emotions but this is down to confidence /age/maturity and may take more time. Sam Saunders Folkestone Academy

Spontaneous feedback from a number of students on their way to lunch after their morning workshop on being asked how their workshop had been?  It was really good!.

We rounded off the day by bringing everyone together to reflect on their experience of the day before the visiting schools left in their bus and mini bus.

We would like to thank East Kent College for their impeccable organisation of the day and making us all feel very welcome.