Getting ready for the INSPIRED Carnival

Schools and arts award

We were delighted that Chloe Mead was back in Dover on 14 and 15 June 2016 to deliver another set of dance workshops as part of the INSPIRE Ways to Rio programme. This time Chloe worked with young people at Astor College, St Martins School, Barton Junior School and St Mary’s CEP.

I felt very lucky to again have had the privilege of working with some young and inspiring students earlier this month. I had a wonderful time with the talented students at Astor College who will be hosting our ‘Road to Rio Parade’. They were incredibly receptive to the context of the parade and are excited to be taking on the responsibility of helping and guiding our younger students during the parade. From the final 3 primary schools I visited I felt a great sense of excitement and interest in the buzz of the carnival and the samba movements. They had a lot of fun and lots of wonderful creative ideas, which were a pleasure to observe and to support. (Chloe Mead)

The young people are now preparing for the final showcase day at Astor College on 15 July, which will involve noise, music, colour, flamboyance, Olympic and Paralympic values, and an animated film telling the story of former Olympian rower, Tom Ransley’s Way to Rio, all put together by the young people under the guidance of Dover Arts Development. The event will be attended by some distinguished guests including Olympic swimmer, Chris Cook.

The event is part of the fortnight in July which sees the culmination of each of the Kent schools’ collaborations around the arts and cultural theme through INSPIRE Carnivals.

Mike Hill, Cabinet Member at Kent County Council for Community Services commented “Kent schools have always been exceptional in their response to the London 2012 Games pledge that the Olympics and Paralympics should inspire young people around the world. This extensive and exhilarating programme of INSPIRE carnivals that our young students have conceived, curated, and are now delivering, will be a fitting finale to an exceptional eight years of school leadership around Personal Excellence, Respect, Friendship, Inspiration, Determination, Courage and Equality, which are of course the Olympic and Paralympic Values.”

We are delighted  that our event is part of the Kent County Council Schools’ Education Olympics Legacy Programme ‘INSPIRE’. INSPIRE was created to ensure that as a county we maintain the momentum from the London 2012 Games, and to maximise the clear benefits that this brought to education.

We are also pleased that the young people will have an opportunity to repeat their Carnival procession at Dover’s Regatta on 23 July as a collaboration with the Dover Music Festival, enabled by Dover Big Local and the Port of Dover.