Pupils go on a journey in special topic

Grace Darling Campus pupils celebrating Holi Festival.
Grace Darling Campus pupils celebrating Holi Festival.
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Pupils and staff from a county academy have gone on a voyage of collaboration and creativity as they strayed from their usual timetables to embrace an inspiring topic of journeys.

From Indian festivals to alien invasions, old-fashioned picnics to a journey through the mind, all campuses at The Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) were transformed into hubs of art, dance and music.

It is a great way to celebrate the creativity of our pupils across all the campuses

Lyndsay Myhill, deputy head of the Grace Darling Campus

And a team of children as Roving Reporters were there first hand to report on the whole thing.

The result was a giant exhibition showcasing their work in the Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington.

This is the first time that the Academy, which has ­campuses in Ashington, ­Lynemouth and Newbiggin, has held such a large scale collaborative project that involved all 2,500 pupils at the same time.

Lyndsay Myhill, deputy head of the Grace Darling Campus, said: “Everyone took part, from our two-year-olds through to sixth form.

“Everyone had such a lot of fun and to see the pure delight on their faces as a hot air balloon landed on the yard was wonderful. We wanted to give both our staff and children the opportunity to really let their imaginations run wild with the curriculum.”

Children took part in a range of activities, including a paint-throwing Hindu festival , a onesie day inspired by endangered animals and an expedition around the world in eighty dances.

Mrs Myhill added: “The exhibition looks fantastic and showcases the skills and talents at NCEA.

“It is a great way to celebrate the creativity of our pupils across all the campuses.”