So, a new school year has begun and with it a whole lot of new students (for some), learning and creative and cultural opportunities to inspire and enrich the young people we work with, how exciting!

We are looking forward to working with you this year, please do get in contact if you need any advice or support accessing creative and cultural opportunities or industries but for now here are some to get you started.

Just a note, we are looking for some teachers to join our Steering Group which is an expert panel that help us shape ideas and the direction of the CEP. If you are interested, please contact me at the email address below. We are looking for a representative from each school type primary, secondary, grammar, independents, PRU and SEND.

If you are unable to share this newsletter and do want to, you can direct people to our
website where we archive all of our ‘Let’s Get Creative’ newsletters on our News Page.

Please remember to let us know about all the creative and cultural things you get up to so we can share your successes and your experiences by sending details and images to 


Whats Coming Up
Artis – Effective Practice Sharing, Steeple Claydon Primary School

Tuesday 15 November - 10.30 – 11.30am
“The children love these sessions. Many are much more confident, and it is lovely to see this and the impact it has on the English curriculum. It's amazing!”
Artis Partner School Class Teacher
Are you interested in learning how curriculum-linked performing arts could benefit the children in your school?

Why not join Artis for an Effective Practise Sharing at Steeple Claydon Primary School in Meadoway, MK18 2PA
Artis pioneers creative learning in primary schools through inspirational curriculum-linked performing arts activities. The event includes a 20–30-minute observation of an Artis session followed by a short discussion and presentation. All visitors will also receive a pack of ideas to try back in their school.
We are limiting the session to five attendees so if you are interested in attending, please let us know as soon as possible as places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please email to reserve your place.
Ukrainian Cultural Days & Creative Translation Workshops
for Primary & Secondary Schools

We are offering workshops for whole classes at Key Stage 2 & 3, where pupils will work together with their Ukrainian classmates to read, share and translate a Ukrainian picture book or a poem.
Our Ukrainian Cultural Days also offer the opportunity to involve parents and carers of Ukrainian pupils, in special lunchtime or after-school sessions for families.

To register interest, please email

BMT Battle of the Bands 8

Enter BOTB 8 Now!

Battle of the Bands is back for its 8th instalment and it's going to be bigger and better than ever!  With the final taking place at the Old Town Hall in High Wycombe on Saturday 4th March 2023, an expert panel of judges and awesome prizes to be won - not to mention the glory of victory! - BOTB8 is a must-enter competition for any young band in Buckinghamshire!

Deadline for entries is 31/12/2022, so don't delay!   Audition locations and dates/times will follow in due course

Bucks Music Trust are happy to come and talk to students at your school about this opportunity, please contact

Youth Participation and the new Youth Voice Bucks Programme

Youth Voice Bucks empowers young people to help improve the services, resources, and places that surround them by supporting high-quality youth participation opportunities across Buckinghamshire.
If you have an example of, or idea for, a student voice project, please contact Krissie Hutton on
For more information, youth voice opportunities, and case studies, visit

View the Youth Voice Bucks – Working with Schools poster:

Unloc - Youth Mental Health Summits
We would love to bring our free day of activities, discussions and workshops to your organisation & young people. The summit is organised by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Unloc and is part of a year of work together.

Our summit events run from 10:30am-2:00pm at your location and will give your young people the opportunity to:

> Grow their knowledge of what mental health is & mental illness are
> Share their voice on topics such as: ‘How to beat exam stress’ & ‘Building relationships’
> Explore interactive stalls from local support services including CAMHS and local charities
> Learn techniques for looking after themselves, their peers & how to ask for help
> Have fun & build confidence by taking part in icebreakers

We will be offering dates on a first come first served basis & would also welcome organisations pairing up with each other to allow more young people to get involved!
Interested? Please contact programme
facilitator Kellie:

Access NFTS : Open to all

Access NFTS is a national outreach programme designed to discover, inform and inspire a new generation of creative talent.

The programme is run by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and supported by Universal Pictures, who both share a mission to seek out home grown British talent and allow it to flourish. We want to work with the film, television and game makers of the future, whatever their background, from school leavers to adults looking for access to the industry.

We want to engage with those already interested in a career in the industry, as well as those not yet aware of the broad range available opportunities. 

We want to work with groups traditionally under-represented in both Higher Education and the Film, TV and Games industry.

Access NFTS: Discover

Twice a term the NFTS opens its doors to secondary education aged pupils (11-16 years old). The aim of this session is for young people to discover the NFTS, find out what happens at the school, have a tour of the site and meet some current students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.
Each event will follow the same timetable:
  • Intro to NFTS and careers in the industry (20 minutes with discussion activity)
  • Tour of NFTS with current students  (60 minutes)
  • NFTS Film screening with intro from filmmaker(s) (20 minutes)
  • Q&A with current NFTS students (10 minutes)
  • Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)
Dates: 15th November, 20th January, 16th March, 18th May, 13th July
Access NFTS: Experience

Twice a term the NFTS will open its doors to further education aged students. The aim of this session is for young people to experience the NFTS. These 4-hour sessions will give an insight into studying at the NFTS, include an interactive experience tour of the school and opportunity to meet staff and students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.
Each event will follow the same timetable with workshops in 3 different disciplines taught at the school. Details of the workshops for each event will be confirmed nearer to the event date:
  • Intro to NFTS (15 minutes)
  • Tour of NFTS (30 minutes)
  • Workshop 1 – Workshop 1 (45 minutes)
  • Workshop 2 – Workshop 2 (45 minutes)
  • Workshop 3 -  Workshop 3 (45 minutes)
  • Q&A with current NFTS Students (15 minutes)
  • Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)
 Dates:   5th December, 22nd February, 20th April, 14th June, 12th July
For more information on Access NFTS, the Discover/Experience events and to book your FREE places, please go to our website go to

You can book for multiple events if you wish
Please note: All school requests received for visits to the NFTS will be directed towards these dates in the first instance
We are a team of music teachers dedicated to making positive and lasting changes in music education across the UK. 
This brand-new music learning platform has been designed to help improve the standard of primary music lessons with a broad and varied curriculum which adheres to all model music curriculum guidelines! 
This programme has been designed to give specialist and generalist teachers confidence when delivering an entire music curriculum overview for both Key stages 1 and 2. 
We are offering a 3-month FREE TRIAL to all primary schools who are interested in making a positive change in their music provision. To get things started, please contact us on the following: 

phone: 01296534032  
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is
open for 2022-23 s
chool bookings!
Facilitated by our enthusiastic experts, our sessions uncover Roald’s creative processes by using his unique archive and exploring our fantabulous galleries. By the end of your day, your students will have created something marvelous for themselves and leave the Museum feeling inspired and equipped to unlock their own stories. 
Range of dates and times available throughout the 2022-23 academic year.
Email the Learning Team at to book.
               Livestream Learning special offer for Bucks Schools from the Roald Dahl Museum
The Roald Dahl Museum is offering Bucks state schools a 25% discount for one year group per school to have a Livestream session. We have availability through to July 23. 

See our website for more details

Contact us at

Sensory Needs Engagement 

As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we will be exploring all things costume from the opening and closing ceremonies. Find out more about the costumes by watching Head of Costume Tahra Zafar's video interview and be inspired to design or colour your own costumes. We have lots going on over the coming half-term months for families so do please visit our website for more information.

Young Creative Bucks Forum
We are still looking for young people to join us for this forum, especially from the north and south of the County and from diverse backgrounds. Please let students know not to be shy to apply, their voice counts!
We are aiming to spread the net as wide as possible and to be inclusive as possible so please share with all young people between the ages of 14-18

Thank you!
Let’s Discover! Discover Bucks Museum Schools Workshops

Explore hands-on learning in our Let’s Discover! workshops. Choose interactive expert-led sessions based in our brand-new museum galleries or exploratory adventures in the magical Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. Book now for workshops including:
Archaeology: Prehistory, Romans, Anglo Saxons
History: Tudors, Victorian Crime and Punishment, Toys throughout the Ages
EYFS: Dino Mystery, Traditional Tales
Available in Bucks term time on weekdays. Half and whole day offered, beginning at 10.15 am and 12.30 pm.

To find out more or book, please email: Serena Avery at
or fill out a web enquiry form here:
Explore our website:


Do you have students considering options for September? 

Are they 16, post-GCSE’s and have never previously completed a Level 3 qualification?

 Then this course is for them and FULLY FUNDED!

On our fully funded government (BTEC) course, they will:

Be trained in all aspects of performing arts, in exceptional facilities.

Be supported from audition through to application to conservatoire or university.

Have the opportunity to be represented by the Jackie Palmer agency to work in TV, theatre and film. 

For more information contact us:

Funding for Creative Learning Sessions
at Waddesdon Manor

The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor have jointly launched a Schools Access Fund with the purpose of subsidising and promoting learning sessions for schools. We welcome applications from schools across Bucks for financial support covering transport costs, workshop fees, National Trust Education Group Membership and staff costs to a maximum of £750. 
Applications can be made anytime through the Rothschild Foundation’s website -  
If you’d like to have a pre-application conversation to share your plans or need support completing the application form, please contact
Exploring Drawing through Printmaking and Mixed-Media

Artist-led outreach project for Primary Schools - Spring-Summer 2022
Queens Park Arts Centre is offering artist-led printmaking workshops for school groups from Year 1 to 6, Primary. Tailored to each group to expand children's existing experience, techniques such as monotype, reduction printmaking and new approaches to mark-marking can be taught, in-house or at school.
Contact Sarah Lewis:

Christmas Youth Performance Project at Wycombe Arts Centre

Workshop times: Wednesdays 5 - 6 pm, 12 Oct - 16 Nov 22 at Wycombe Arts Centre, High Wycombe

Performance/showing: 19 November 5:30 pm
A 6-week dance project for ages 11-16, where we will use contemporary dance to create a fun piece to show at a craft fair on 19 November. As a group, you will create a piece to show your own stories and experiences, using props to bring the piece to life.

No previous dance experience needed.

Cost: We ask £36 per child for the full 6-weeks, get in touch for family discounts and do let us know if your child would like to attend but you are unable to afford it, we don’t want anyone missing out.
More information and sign-up online at or contact Liezl by email at

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12th-23rd October - TIMES: Vary for each event
 In its first year, the On Location Film Festival is made up of a collection of film related events and activities between the 12th and 23rd of October. These include screenings in unusual places, live music and film, workshops and exhibitions. 
So, if you fancy taking the film experience out of the cinema, find out more on Facebook and Instagram at @onlocationfilmfestival, or book tickets at

Join us to celebrate Bucks’ first Creative and Culture Champions and launch the 2022-23programme, with special guest Andria Zafirakou

The Bucks Creative and Cultural Champions programme was launched by Young Creative Bucks in November 2021 with the aim to have Champion in every school, working together to bring more creativity into the classroom and making sure all our young people can enjoy the cultural richness of the county.

We are delighted that Andria Zafirakou, winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize and teacher of Arts and Textiles at Alperton Community School in northwest London, will be our keynote speaker and present the first cohort of Champions with their certificates.

This event will also be an opportunity to find out more about how to join this year’s Bucks Creative and Cultural Champions programme and network with other teachers and arts, culture, and heritage organisations.

This is a face-to-face event at Discover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury 4:30-6:30pm. Refreshments will be available.

To book your space for free visit:

Guitari Lounge - Under 18's Open Mic Nights
The night is currently held every month at High Wycombe Arts Centre and The Drawing Room in Chesham. Everybody is welcome to attend, the dates are as follows:
Guitari Lounge is an open mic night organised by the Buckinghamshire Music Trust to give young people from across the county an opportunity to play in front of a supportive audience, hone their performance and songwriting skills and make like-minded friends.
High Wycombe Arts Centre: 21st October & 18th November 
 All sessions start at 7-9 pm. £2 entry

After-school Art Club
Mondays, 4.30pm - 6pmTuesdays, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11) at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games.

British Kenya and the Mau Mau - 70 Years After'
Until 4 November
A photographic exhibition from Learning Through the Arts, which recaptures the history and legacy of the Mau Mau rebellion (1952–1960) and the British Army response to the growing issues of land acquisition, and  colonalisation in British Kenya, during the 70th anniversary of the event in 2022.  

QPAC Artisan Craft Fair
Sat 12 November, 10am-4pm
The QPAC Artisan Craft Fair returns for 2022, with a selection of beautiful handmade art and craft from the very best local artists and makers. Younger visitors will have plenty to enjoy, including an arty craft activity and a chance to meet the Unbound Storytellers.

The Wizard of Oz
9-31 December
Prepare to get swept away on a magical adventure as the Queens Park Pantomime returns with a brand-new adaptation of an all-time classic tale. This must-see family pantomime is packed full of slapstick and songs, dances and derring-do, and features beautiful handmade scenery, costumes, and props from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre.

Contact us: 01296 424332
Book at:

Norman Bragg Studio
Tue 18 Oct - Sat 22 Oct 2022, see website for performances times
Tickets £16.50*
Unforeseen circumstances leave a Dickensian theatre company stripped down to just three actors. Undeterred, the troupe valiantly take on the multitude of roles. At just 75 minutes, this engaging and fast-paced adaptation of Macbeth is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for a young, modern audience.
A Christmas Carol
Tue 15 – Sat 19 Nov 2022, see website for performance times
Tickets £16.50*
Christmas? A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December!” exclaims Ebenezer Scrooge in the opening stave of A Christmas Carol. It’s also an excuse for the Dickens Theatre Company to bring you their joyously authentic staging of this Victorian classic to the Norman Bragg Studio. Two of Dickens’ closest theatrical companions find themselves trapped in the footlights’ glare. With the rest of the cast stuck on a train, actress Frances Ternan and Dickens’ faithful tour manager George Dolby take on the daunting challenge of portraying over 30 characters. But who will play Scrooge?

Santa’s Magical Gift
Wed 14 Dec - Sat 24 Dec 2022, see website for performance times
Tickets £14.50* (Child ticket £13.50*)
Christmas Eve finally arrives, and Santa enters his workshop to a huge round of applause. Will the elves decorations be finished in time? Will Holly get her Christmas Wish? and what exactly is the secret of Santa’s Magical Gift? Find out in this heart-warming festive story that includes exciting audience participation, energetic comedy routines and a present for every child in the audience from Santa

KS3 BFI French Study Day
Thursday 2 February 2023, 10.30am – 3pm
Delivered by the BFI Education team, this event is for school groups and uses French short films as a stimulus for language learning.

More information can be found on our website
Book via the ATG website:
Wycombe Youth Action
To book contact
MOB: 07563383697/07590624266

The next issue is due on the 6th of December 2022 with the deadline for submissions on the 8th of December.

Please remember to share your successes with us

Share Now

We are asking young people from across Bucks to tell us about things they enjoy, cool things they've seen, done or been to. What do they think about Arts & Culture, about Bucks, also what's missing?
Students can send us a message, an image, a video, poem, story or track by clicking below 

Show Us/Tell Us

Buckinghamshire Culture Partnership are running a project called Bucks in 100 Objects and would like some contributions from young people.
Please share this website with students and encourage them to take part, it's quite a fascinating project!

Just click here

Bucks in 100 Objects

Fresh Works

Young Creative Bucks Forum Street Art Summer Session
Young People were invited to join us at Wycombe Arts Centre for a day of Street Art with Dan Wilson from DeCreate.
The wall was an opportunity for everyone to contribute their creative ideas into a bigger communal artwork (after Dan had taught them some basic spray techniques).
We started with a wall of empty squares. The Young People were determined to do galaxy paintings to start with but moved onto stenciling and bokeh effect images.
Ollie (YP) challenged Dan to do a portrait of him in the middle.
We turned the remaining empty squares at the end of the session into frames as a subtle invitation to others to contribute or envision what they might add to the collection of voices.

If you know of any young people that would enjoy being part of the Young Creative Bucks Forum who are aged 14-19, who either have an interest in arts and culture and/or being able to have their say abouts what's available to them creatively in the county and how to develop their creative practice, talents and career prospects then please ask them to send an email to for more information.
Vache Baroque Liaison with Haddenham Junior School 2022

Art Coordinator – Cathy Duncan
We were so lucky to have made contact with Betty Makharinsky and the Vache Baroque through the Creative and Cultural Champions Programme.

A group of about 30 children had the most wonderful experiences from hearing up-close-and personal amazing opera singers who interpreted their mark making; to learning about Orpheus in the underworld; to designing and creating season-inspired willow lanterns.

We were invited to a child-friendly production of Orphée at The Vache, Chalfont St Giles, where the paper boats our children had made were in situ in HADES. We were lucky with the weather and the children had a magical time. Parents were so pleased to have been able to come with their children and amazed that we were able to arrange such an event.

We really look forward to welcoming Vache Baroque to school next year for a whole school experience of their ‘A HISTORY OF SOUND’ production; to continue working with Year 5 on their willow lanterns and to begin a new project with another chosen group of children.

We are so grateful for their time and efforts and are thrilled to be part of such an opportunity and incredibly excited to continue our liaison.
Musical interpretation of the children’s mark making compositions.
At The Vache for Orphée


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