Handfuls of Harmony Autumn Concert – Sun 18 Nov

Handfuls of Harmony adult choir will be joining the children from our local primary schools in a performance at St Paul’s Church, Coronation Rd, Southville on Sunday 18 Dec, 3pm and 5.30pm.

Everyone involved has been working hard to learn their songs from a variety of genres, including jazz, folk and pop and it promises to be a great afternoon’s entertainment.

Tickets, £5 / £2 are available from Southville Primary, Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale, Parson Street, Compass Point and St Mary Redcliffe Primary School offices, or on the door on the day.

The Community Pull It Out Of The Bag for Kenya

Students from Ashton Park School visit Kenya each summer as part of an Inspiration Expedition. They help build classrooms, enabling children to receive an education, and they take much-needed supplies with them when they go.

Back in March we asked for help with making cloth tote bags to take to Kenya, as plastic bags are banned there. The children have many uses for these bags, including carrying their school books, keeping their clothes in or for carrying food and supplies. We had a fantastic  community response and the students were able to take over 400 bags with them, allowing all the children and some of the teachers and families to receive one! Needless to say, they were absolutely delighted with them, as the pictures show.  A HUGE thank you to everyone that was involved!

The project will run again next year, so please keep collecting or making them if you would like to – full details here: https://swbclt.org.uk/bags-for-children-in-kenya/

Under the light of the moon

Under the light of Luke Jerram’s Moon, Handfuls of Harmony Choir sang and Ashton Park students entertained everyone with their musical and drama talents, at this summer’s Performing Arts Soirée.

Held on Friday 6th July as part of the Museum of the Moon events at Ashton Park, the Performing Arts Soirée has now become a regular fixture in the Ashton Park calendar. It was a fantastic evening, raising money for Ashton Park’s Lighting fund for the school hall.

 

 

 

Tues 3rd July, 6-7pm: SWBCLT AGM

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting in the Learning Resource Centre at Ashton Park School and all of our members, parents and staff at Ashton Park are welcome to attend.

If you intend to come along, please confirm attendance via the Contact Us page on our website.

The Museum Of The Moon comes to Ashton Park School

The Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram

After wowing audiences at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and touring India with the British Council this spring, the Museum of the Moon is now returning to Bristol.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.  In 2017 the Moon was presented at the University of Bristol where over 16000 visitors came to see the artwork over just one weekend. This time the artwork will be presented at Ashton Park Secondary School, raising money to improve sound and lighting facilities in the main school hall.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Luke is known in the city for the giant water slide he installed down Park Street and more recently his installation of street pianos he placed across the city for everyone to play.  The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

The endless funding cuts imposed to frontline services from central government are impacting all our children. It’s great to be able to do what I can to support my local secondary school, to help try and counter the impact of this. I hope the artwork will inspire the children of the school to have an interest in both arts and science.Luke Jerram, Artist and Ashton Park parent

The artwork will be presented from Thursday 5th July until Sunday 8th July.  More information and links to book tickets for the event can be found here: www.moon.ashtonpark.net/

Ashtonian newsletter goes digital!

The first ‘digital edition’ of the Ashtonian newsletter was launched this month.  It’s the end of an era for the printed Ashtonian, but we embrace new technologies and a greener future for the publication.

Features:

  • The index on the front page automatically links to the relevant page
  • There are live web links within the content, including a link to book tickets for the Museum of the Moon
  • The Ashtonian can also be reached at its new home in the banner menu of the school website: www.ashtonpark.net

To view The Ashtonian Summer 2018 edition, click here:

https://www.ashtonpark.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Ashtonian-Newsletter-Spring-2018.pdf

Handfuls of Harmony spring concert

Handfuls of Harmony Choir was set up by the South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust and encompasses the adult core choir, seven primary school choirs and a Family & Friends choir which adults and children can attend together.

All choirs will be singing on Sunday 29 April in two performances. Please come along and support them in what promises to be an uplifting event. Tickets available on the door or from Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale, Compass Point, Luckwell, Parson St, St Mary Redcliffe or Southville Primary schools.

See the poster for more details or go to: www.handfulsofharmony.org

 

Bags for children in Kenya

Since 2003, Ashton Park School have organised an annual expedition to build classrooms and provide educational materials and training in Kenya and Tanzania. The expedition ethos is based upon the values of team work, empathy and cooperation and students who take part learn a lot about themselves as well as the wider world they live in.

Plastic bags are now banned in Kenya (www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41069853),  so as part of the 2017 expedition, and in collaboration with a Bristol based charity called Maji Safi Projects, Ashton Park textiles students made cloth tote bags to take and hand out to the children. The children were delighted with these bags as they have many uses for them, including using them as school bags or for storing their clothes in.

In 2017 the expedition took just 40 bags with them, but in 2018, we aim to make even more of a difference to children’s lives. If you can help, by making or donating a cloth bag, Ashton Park School would love to receive them.

Bag specification

The bag must:

  • Be well made and strong
  • Be suitable for a child to use, ideally unisex
  • Be no bigger than 50cm x 40cm

Bags can be made from old sheets, duvet covers, or clothing. Or you can buy a bag from Hobbycraft for just 50p for decorating.  Different techniques such as fabric paints, appliqué, embroidery, beading or tie-dying can be applied. The bag could have a game printed on it, such as snakes and ladders, with a pocket inside containing dice and counters. Alternatively, the bag could display the alphabet, or numbers for the younger children. Be as creative and imaginative as you like.

 

Bags need to be handed in to Ashton Park School by Friday 22 June 2018 as they will be taken to Kenya the following week.

For a ‘How to’ guide on sewing your own bag, please see the slide show here:

 

Community Clothing Collection

 

Ashton Park School are collecting clothes for Kenya. Donations of the following items are needed:

Baby, Children, Teenager and Adults Clothing, including warm and waterproof items; Belts; Handbags; Clean Quilt Covers & Blankets; Warm Hats; Paired Gloves; Cloth bags. Particularly needed: Teenage / adult bras and good quality shoes (tied together please).

Donations will be sorted and transported to the families of children at Inspirations School, Kenya. Spare clothing will be sold to Bristol Textiles Recycling who will send useful clothing to other parts of the world where there is a shortage. Raised funds will go towards the project in Kenya.

CLEAN, UNDAMAGED DONATIONS (NO SOCKS OR PANTS PLEASE!) CAN BE DROPPED OFF, MARKED ‘FOR KENYA’, TO:

ASHTON PARK SCHOOL – now until Fri 23 Mar

LUCKWELL PRIMARY – Mon 12 to Thurs 15 Mar­­­

COMPASS POINT PRIMARY – Weds 14 & Thurs 15 Mar only

ASHTON VALE PRIMARY – Mon 19 to Fri 23 Mar

INSPIRATIONS EXPEDITION
BUILDING EDUCATION IN AFRICA SINCE 2003
FFI see: www.inspirationexpeditions.wordpress.com

New Handfuls of Harmony Choir Term Starts Soon

Handfuls of Harmony, the community choir set up by the South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust, starts its new term this month.

Why not come along on Thursday 22nd February 2018 for a FREE, no obligation taster session. No need to register, please just turn up. If you enjoy it, and want to continue for the term, the cost will be £50 for the eight weeks.  Open to adults of all ages, no experience is needed – we learn songs by ear, have fun and make a great sound together.

The term runs from Thurs 22nd Feb to Thurs 26th April with a break for Easter. (Rehearsal dates: 22nd Feb / 1st, 8th 15th & 22nd March / 12th, 19th & 26th April.) Rehearsals are held in E Block at Ashton Park School.

We will end the term with a performance on Sun 29th April 2018 at St Paul’s Church, Southville.

For more information, please go to: www.handfulsofharmony.org