Joy Exhibition

As the culmination of our joint project with the Oak Centre members from Wigan Hospice, we held a celebration evening of photography and creative writing at the Oak Centre.

The Mayor of Wigan opened the event and Alan Baron, Chief Executive of the hospice, welcomed everyone to the Oak Centre. The Mayor cut a very special cake of 'Joy' with a surprise inside, and then a combined choir of St Wilfrid's pupils and Mrs Goulding, patients, carers, volunteers and staff from the hospice, sang three songs to begin the exhibition.

58 pupils took part in the project over a period of 5 months visiting the Oak Centre in groups of eight to spend time with the members. Each session began with an opportunity to share items of 'joy' which were then photographed by the group members. Janet led creative writing activities to accompany the items and everyone wrote their very own Haiku poem.

Thanks to Jackie and her staff in the Oak Centre our pupils got the opportunity to see their work professionally displayed and celebrated in their very first exhibition.

The project has been a huge success allowing our pupils to spend time in the warm and welcoming environment of the Oak Centre meeting new friends and collaborating across the generations. We are delighted that it was shortlisted for awards in both the Wigan Education Awards and the Manchester School Awards.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the project - especially Lucy at the hospice and all the volunteers, staff and members.



Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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