Jump Ahead at John Roan

On Tuesday 3rd July 2012, MakeBelieve Arts held an Olympic themed transition event at The John Roan Secondary School.

Over the past few months, MakeBelieve Arts has channeled the energy and excitement of the Olympics to support vulnerable Year 6 pupils from 8 locally based partner primary schools in their preparation and progress during their transition into secondary school. This event was a chance to join together, share stories, celebrate success and start the summer!

 ‘From Gang Crimes to Olympic Games’; Special guest speaker Sam Martin, the first African equestrian athlete to compete for a place in the Olympic Games, spoke about his background growing up on the streets of London and his journey to become an equestrian athlete.

The afternoon included attractions from a horse simulator, petting Shetland ponies provided by Vauxhall City Farm, arts and crafts activities, face painting, performance and poetry with Paul Lyalls (a London 2012 Olympics 'Shake the Dust' Poet), Flash mob workshops with Sheryl Malcolm, film making with Dan Farrell and story prize giving.

The event attendee's included the Mayor and Mayoress of Greenwich, the Old Roaners, Local council representatives, members of the community, prospective Year 7's and their parents, current Year 12 pupils and teachers from John Roan and MakeBelieve Arts staff.

The event was rounded off nicely with a test of the 'Cable Car Challenge' which involved John Roan's Head Teacher Des Malone, dropping hand-crafted inventions, designed to keep the egg inside them safe, off the school stage, much to the children's excitement. It's not everyday the Head Teacher is found throwing eggs in the school hall! Followed by a speech from the Mayor of Greenwhich.

Overall the event was a fantastic success and has made a great impact on those Year 6 children about to start at John Roan.