On Wednesday 28th January 2015 Stifford Clays Primary School in Thurrock was awarded Helicopter Centre of Excellence. They are only the 5th in the UK to be awarded this status and the 1st in Thurrock.
Parents were invited along for the presention from MakeBelieve Arts Creative Director, Isla Hill and Harli Green from Stifford Clays. Isla gave a short presentation on what Helicopter Stories is and how it works then Harli gave some examples of stories their children have been telling and linking them to the EYFS and their development.
This was then followed by a fantastic demonstration of the approach with a few of the Early Years children and their teacher Lynn. It was a great opportunity for the parents to see a live demonstration of Helicopter Stories in action and as the school staff put it 'put some of the exciting, flamboyant and often bizarre, stories into context.' The storytelling and story acting demonstration certainly got many laughs and smiles from the parents.
Finally there was the presentation of the plaque where Isla explained what they had done to achieve this award and Harli talked about how thrilled the school are to be a Centre of Excellence.