Crofton Park: Olympic Extravaganza

On Wednesday 18th July 2012, MakeBelieve Arts held an Olympic themed event at Crofton Park Community Library.

This event was the first of three seasonally themed events to be held at the library this year, and will be followed by a Pumpkin Party in October and a Christmas Cracker event in December 2012. 

These community events are a partnership between MakeBelieve Arts, Beecroft Garden Primary and Crofton Park Community Library.

On Wednesday, as you walked around the library browsing the fantastic artwork by pupils from Beecroft Garden Primary, tucked away amongst the books were an abundance of activities.

Beecroft Garden Primary worked with an arts specialist over a week and each year group had a different artistic olympic focus from medal making in Year 1 to Greek vase sculpting in Year 4. Together with the bunting created by every child at the school, the library truly came alive with the art work. To top it all off Beecroft participated in an international art exchange, or, in keeping with the olympic theme, an artwork relay! This involved different countries passing on their artwork, so Beecroft received a piece from Africa and then they too will pass a piece on.

The afternoon involved creative challenges including rescue raft building, indoor long jumping, track racing, slow motion torch relay and the ever popular riding on a horse simulator. There were also some pop-up activites while you waited in line to get your face painted or to tell stories, including improv rap where the children (and adults!) presented some olympic buzz words in a quick fire fashion. Many of these ideas for some of the activities that took place came from the pupils themselves at a school council meeting in the Spring. To end the afternoon there was an inspiring performance from Beecroft Garden Primary School choir where they cleverly adapted their usual repertoire to include Olympic references plus the Lewisham schools song for the Olympics.

The event was attended by pupils and staff from Beecroft Garden Primary, pupils from other local primary schools, families and members of the Crofton park community.

The afternoon was an amazing success and it was fantastic to see the library come alive with the community enjoying the activities. What's more we even broke our very own Olympic record of 10 lego men on a raft before it sank - a record that we're sure will be hard to beat! We can't wait for the pumkin party in October, and we hope you can join us too, see you there!

This event has been funded by Awards for All, The Big Lottery Fund.