North London Hospice gets creative with Highfield Primary School
CategoryNorth London Hospice
Pupils at Highfield Primary School in Winchmore Hill, North London, have been given the opportunity to collaborate on an exciting arts project working alongside terminally ill patients from their local hospice. The project run in collaboration with North London Hospice allowed pupils to partner with patients to talk about their life stories evoking fond memories from their lives. During November seven year 5 and 6 pupils visited the Hospice’s Enfield site and spent time with patients on an individual basis learning about their life stories and their favourite memories. The children then worked together with patients to develop a poem and a memory box based on the patient’s favourite things and special memories. The programme culminated with a celebratory tea where children and parents, patients and staff joined together to display their achievements and discuss their experience. Karen Clements, North London Hospice’s Art Therapist, who lead the school project, commented: “We are pleased to have partnered with Highfield Primary School on this exciting project, which enabled their pupils to gain an understanding of the services provided by a Hospice and helped dispel any anxiety or fears they may have about death and dying. This has been an extremely rewarding experience for all participants. The art work created will be displayed in the Hospice’s cafe and act as a lasting legacy to our patients. We very much look forward to continuing this prosperous partnership.” Helen McGovern deputy head teacher at Highfield School, said: “Highfield Primary is delighted to be involved in this community partnership project; one in which our pupils have learnt about different people’s lives and experiences whilst at the same time finding out about the important services being provided by the North London Hospice.” Terence?, one of the Hospice’s patients said: “This experience has been a real eye opener. The children have been wonderful and are a real credit to their parents and teachers. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this project and looking back on great memories in my life.
Notes to Editors:
- Following on the success of the project back in June with Firs Farm School, the hospice decided to continue to run the project with another local school, allowing both pupils and patients to benefit from this worthwhile project.
- As part of the project, North London Hospice’s Art Therapist, Karen Clements, and Bereavement Support Worker, Laurie Little, delivered lessons to Highfield’s Year 5 and Year 6 pupils about the work of the Hospice.