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How the project came about - by Dot Wood (Director of Arts)

I was invited to attend a workshop entitled 'Infinite Variety' at the Studland Study Centre in Dorset.   At this meeting teachers from a variety of different subject areas were shown examples of projects that schools had previously undertaken using the theme of sustainability, and how young people in Dorset have been given opportunities to explore ways in which they can work towards a sustainable and fairer future, be it social, political or environmental.

As a member of the Woodland Trust and a strong advocate of the work that the trust undertakes in our own 'back yard' of Uplyme I felt that educating the young people of the school in the importance of protecting and managing our native woodlands, a worthwhile cause. It was decided that the whole of year 9 (150) students would take part in the project in a series of different workshops on the theme of 'Our Native Woodlands'

DepARTure Arts in Dorchester and the lottery grant 'Awards for All' sponsored us to enlist the assistance of four visiting artists and musicians.

Twenty five of the Woodroffe staff were also involved in leading workshops, and the results of all the work was presented to parents and friends in an evening performance.