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Exhibition Preview at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Jan 2020, 07:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Jan 2020, 07:53 ]


A wonderful exhibition at Greenfield Arts is now on display, members of the community enjoyed a lovely preview evening which launched an exhibition not to be missed.  Stories from the Hive by Julie Cockburn explores the connections and interconnections we all have.  It brings together a collection of exceptional artworks created by Julie inspiring us to consider the memories and connections in our lives.

Julie is also running creative workshops in both rag rug making and 3D Rigid ink drawing this month and there are still a few places available.  Workshops will be held later in January and cost just £15 for each workshop.

Greenfield Arts have a full programme of events, course and activities, to find out more and to enrol for activities please visit www.greenfield-arts.co.uk email info@greenfield-arts.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01325 379048.

Greenfield’s Got Talent is a big hit

posted 20 Jan 2020, 07:47 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Jan 2020, 07:48 ]


Students from Greenfield Community College took to the stage and wowed an enthusiastic audience as they proved once again that they really have got talent! 

GGT is a brilliant opportunity for students and staff to entertain each other with their skills and talents and a time for the whole school to be part of a fun experience at the end of a busy academic term.  The halls at Shildon and Newton Aycliffe were full to capacity with lots of applause and laughter filling the air as each act performed with passion. Staff and students performed a variety of acts including dancing, singing and comedy. 


This year the judges were left with the difficult decision of deciding between Greenfield’s finest but finally narrowed it down to the final 3 at each site who had shown their brilliance.  

Third place went to the talented Ebony McCourt, who sang her own song accompanied by drumming and Alicia Burn and Holly Armstrong who sang a brilliant duet. 2nd place went to accomplished singer Lily Trimmer and Cayden Laffey brought fun and laughter to the stage with his comedy act.  A very deserved 1st place to Michael Egan who mastered the talent of Mongolian throat singing, really making it his own!  Judges could not choose between two singers at Shildon site so joint first went to Bobby Johnson and Tia Runham.  Well done to all of the above and to everyone who took part in this important event in the Greenfield Calendar.

It was lovely to see such an enthusiastic audience with students and staff showing their appreciation in good spirit. 

Greenfield Arts are on Track for Shildon in Motion

posted 13 Jan 2020, 04:34 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Jan 2020, 04:35 ]


Greenfield Arts are leading a project which will celebrate the rich heritage of Shildon and culminate in an installation which reflects the many stories and experiences of the people of Shildon and surrounding areas.

Project leaders Katy Milne, Director of Greenfield Arts and designer, Nic Golightly, have been organising drop-in sessions and finding out wonderful stories that will inspire a final piece of art to be installed at Shildon Railway station in Spring 2020. 

They have been part of local events and experiences around Shildon, hearing from the amazing people who live in the area and have tales to tell about Shildon’s  significant heritage.  Katy and Nic are now bringing together their research to inform the final Shildon Station designs.  The images will be developed in the new year and the new artwork/design will be created in the spring.

The project is supported by Northern Heartlands which is one of 16 Great Place Schemes in England, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England and the Bishop Rail Community Partnership. The Bishop Line is the railway line which runs between Darlington and Bishop Auckland. The service is designated by the Department for Transport as Community Rail. Follow our blog to find out more https://bit.ly/2OPiBjB or contact Greenfield Arts for further information info@greenfield-arts.co.uk 

Greenfield Bring Theatre to Students

posted 13 Jan 2020, 04:30 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Jan 2020, 04:30 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been offered valuable opportunities to experience live theatre as part of their extended learning experience.

Performing Arts students from Year 10 and 11 were able to see a production of ‘The Woman in Black’.  The hit West End production is renowned for being very scary as an atmospheric but brilliantly executed drama.  The students joined staff for a pre-theatre meal, a chance to meet in a relaxed environment and experience a quality live performance at The Hippodrome, Darlington. 

Students from Greenfield have also been excited to perform themselves as they took to the stage in ‘A Night of Music’.  An enthusiastic audience were entertained by a wonderful show with students displaying their musical talents and working together with Greenfield staff to bring about a great performance enjoyed by all.  “The show was a monumental success and the students all made me very proud to work here at Greenfield. They really showcased the immense talent we have and how strong the performing arts is here at our school.” said Mr Gomez-Gil, Subject Leader in Performing Arts.

Students have also been busy out in the community recently giving their time and sharing their musical abilities with others.  The choir performed at the Rose Lodge Care home which was much appreciated by the residents and have also taken part in the annual Rotary Club community Christmas concert held at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre.

Students are looking forward to further opportunities in 2020 with a planned trip to see I Think We’re Alone at Northern Stage and a visit to Durham Gala to see Kathy and of course next year’s now infamous annual production!  This year ‘Grease is the word’, we are looking forward to seeing another brilliant show, students are already busy rehearsing for this American musical classic.

Greenfield Community College are committed to offering valuable opportunities to students including academic and extra-curricular activities and regular educational visits. Please contact us for more information contact@greenfieldschool.net

Greenfield Students Make Valuable Contribution to Community

posted 13 Jan 2020, 04:26 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Jan 2020, 04:27 ]

Greenfield students have been supporting the community in a number of ways recently.  Students and their families have been raising funds for charity, providing food for local appeals and contributing to national initiatives to make a difference in Newton Aycliffe and Shildon.


Staff and students invited elderly members of the community to take part in a festive afternoon at the school.  The event was a great success with over 25 people coming along to enjoy entertainment and Christmas fayre, with refreshments served by the students.

Staff and students have also encouraged generous donations of food to support a local foodbank as part of the Trussell Trust initiative.  The response from the Greenfield community has been exceptional, a big thank you to all involved in helping to make the community a brighter place.


Greenfield Students Support CAMHS

posted 13 Jan 2020, 04:22 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Jan 2020, 04:22 ]

The ICAN 2021 group from Greenfield Community College and Subject Specialist, Mrs Best have enjoyed working alongside Joanne Ashworth from Groundwork engaging in a valuable project relating to mental health issues in our community.

The group explored mental health issues and support available in our community, they met David from ManHealth and learnt about the organisation and the services it provides.  A member of the ICAN group said “It was really great that David took the time to visit us so that we could find out so much about this support in our community”.

Following extensive research and interviews the group decided to offer support to their school by producing resources for discussion around mental health, designing a leaflet and providing a helpful power-point presentation. They produced gift bags for the CAHMS waiting room which included sweet treats, pens and pencils, a note pad and an emoji sheet.

The group visited CAMHS in Newton Aycliffe to find out more and to present the gift bags, the team were very appreciative.  “The CAMHS team were really good at explaining to us what they do” said a student from the group.

Greenfield Community College are committed to a broad and balanced curriculum that includes opportunities to learn from an extended learning programme.  Well done to all of those involved for their positive contribution to the community and a willingness to find out more about important issues surrounding mental health.

Greenfield Arts Delegate Engages Conference

posted 16 Dec 2019, 05:15 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 16 Dec 2019, 05:15 ]

Katy Milne, Director at Greenfield Arts with Lorraine Coghill, Science Outreach Coordinator at Durham University and Ogden regional representative, were invited to share work at this year’s conference held by the NCCPE (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement).

The prestigious conference ‘Engage 2019’ provided a platform for discussion amongst academics and public engagement associates to explore the importance of engagement in education and the wider community.

The theme of the conference was disruption.  The conference asked powerful questions about change and what type of change we want to see as public engagement professionals.  The conference was a call to action and allowed for empowering and stimulating debate.

Katy spoke about her vast experience as a creative practitioner who’s key motivation and inspiration is collaborating with people to provide creative opportunities to explore, express and create.

Katy and Lorraine shared examples and case studies of their practice at the conference exploring approaches that encourage and enable a participant led approach.  Katy was delighted to be invited and to work alongside Lorraine from Durham University.  The conference was full of inspiring delegates who believe in the power of people.

This NCCPE conference took place in Bristol and is NCCPE’s annual conference exploring public engagement.  Thank you to organisers, inspirational speakers and workshop leaders and for a stimulating conference event.

Greenfield Arts Respond to Centenary

posted 16 Dec 2019, 05:13 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Dec 2019, 00:06 ]


Greenfield Arts have been a major part of the Cornish Centenary celebrations this year  and have offered a programme of creative events and activities alongside their exhibition ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’, engaging the community to be inspired by the artist’s life and work.

Norman Cornish MBE is a well-respected and much-loved artist from the north east and his work is held in public and private collections throughout the UK and abroad.  The centenary exhibitions are a celebration of his life and work and have included six exhibitions throughout Durham.  Greenfield Arts were delighted to welcome over 1500 visitors to the exhibition and 650 who participated in the programme.

Greenfield Arts have provided opportunities for the community and wider public to understand more about his work and respond in various creative ways.  Dorothy Cornish, daughter-in-law to the artist, has recently brought a unique insight to young people by leading creative workshops for primary schools in our region.  It was wonderful to see young students write creative prose inspired by his artwork, immediately recognising and responding to his sense of beauty in the everyday.

Greenfield Arts are thrilled to be able to provide a creative response to the artist’s work and are hosting a response exhibition entitled ‘Inspired by Cornish’.  The men’s Cree group from Greenfield Arts and students from Greenfield Community College have been working exploring the social context of his work. Working alongside spoken work artist Tony Gadd and visual artist Richard Bliss, the groups have brought together a collection of inspirational artwork.

There will be a celebration event, ‘Inspired by Cornish’, on Monday 16 December 2019 from 13:30 to 15:00 and the exhibition will run until Friday 20 December 2019.  The Greenfield Gallery is open from 10:00 – 21:00 on Monday to Thursday and from 10:00 – 16:00 on Fridays. If you would like to know more about the gallery and our new spring programme please visit www.greenfield-arts.co.uk email inof@greenfield-arts.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01325 379048.


Greenfield Invitation to Festive Celebrations

posted 4 Dec 2019, 01:27 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Dec 2019, 00:05 ]


Greenfield Community College are delighted to announce a festive afternoon event for members of the community.  Aimed at the more senior element of the Shildon area, the afternoon promises a traditional Christmas party atmosphere with food and entertainment provided from 13:45 to 15:00 on Wednesday 11 December 2019 at our Shildon site.

We look forward to celebrating with you, just book your place through our school reception on 01325 300378 and choose the option for Shildon site.  Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

Inspiring visit to Nissan for Greenfield Students

posted 4 Dec 2019, 01:25 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Dec 2019, 01:27 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College were amazed by future technology when they were given the opportunity to visit Nissan car plant in Sunderland

Students from Year 9 and 10 BTEC Engineering visited the factory as part of their studies and were able to see first-hand the hi-tech approach and intricacies of production of the Nissan Leaf and Qashqai.

Through an informative tour of the factory students learned more about the history of the plant and a valuable insight into future technological developments. It showed the importance of electric vehicles and what the students might expect a career in engineering to involve.

The group were introduced to engineers from the plant who explained their roles providing key information about engineering.  They had the chance to meet an environmental engineer, investigating sustainability and recycling and another involved in the development of robotic technology.  “It was inspirational for the students to see engineers working together at a state-of-the-art production facility. Students got the chance to hear how engineers solved problems on a daily basis and how this related to the work they have been doing in school.” said Mr Graham Stead, Subject Specialist in Visual Arts.

The students left with a well-rounded picture of the company and possible careers choices.  Greenfield Community College are committed to develop opportunities that support students through extended learning and an appreciation of business and possible career strategies. 

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