It's been a great term and a great start to the school year. We have been able to celebrate the successes of some of the teachers we work with in our Creative and Cultural Champions Programme where it was inspiring to hear about their experiences working closely with a cultural partner and the impact it had on their students. Our Young Creative Bucks Forum is growing, and we have been able to run some creative sessions in youth settings with partner ARTFORMED , all of which you can see in the 'Fresh Works' Section below. 

Lastly, we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Whats Coming Up
The Vache Baroque Children’s Choir
Our 2022 Children’s Choir workshops culminated in a wonderful performance at the ‘Looking Bach’ concert last month. At VBF, we feel that young people should have the opportunity not only to sing, but to sing with others and have as much fun as possible. “It made me feel more confident”

To find out more about our Education and Outreach, visit our website:
OperaFirst Schools’ Project – Opportunities now available for 2023!
OperaFirst provides an exceptional opportunity for young people to take part in a music and drama workshop, exploring themes and devising words/music, before experiencing a world-class performance at Garsington Opera on the Wormsley Estate near Stokenchurch.
Our Secondary School’s OperaFirst gives students the chance to watch a full-scale opera while our Primary School’s OperaFirst offers a 1-hour interactive performance guided by a presenter.
For more information and to sign-up for a workshop, please
visit our website and click on either Primary or Secondary. Alternatively, email and we will be happy to send you all the details.
Workshop: Summer Term (see website link for details)
Primary Performance: July 18, 2022 (during school hours)
Secondary Performance: July 12, 2022 (after school hours)


Garsington Opera Youth Company – 2023 applications now open!
We have an incredible opportunity for children to take part in our Youth Company and perform on our professional stage at Garsington Opera. No experience is needed, and participation is fully funded. Our open auditions take the form of a free (and fun!) group music and drama workshop in the morning or afternoon.

To register interest, please email More information will be available on our website in early January. Workshop audition times to be confirmed after sign-up.
Open Audition Date: Saturday 4 February 2023
Ages 9 and up. (Must be age 9 by 1 July 2023.)

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 Voice Bucks – Youth Summit

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. For more information, youth voice opportunities, and case studies, visit
Youth Voice Bucks will be hosting a Youth Summit on Thursday 23 February at The Waterside Theatre. This event will bring young people from schools across the county together to discuss the biggest issues and areas of interest for young people in Buckinghamshire today. Find out more at

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



Visit the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

In August 2024, the Summer Paralympic Games will be taking place in Paris with 22 sports and hundreds of athletes competing. At the National Paralympic Heritage Centre, we are delighted to offer a range of accessible tours for visitors and school groups to learn and engage with the history of the Paralympic Games. Starting on the humble grounds of Stoke Mandeville hospital through to the present day. Visit our website for more information and to book your visit. 

Looking for inspiration for the Christmas holidays?
Come and explore our displays at the Heritage Centre and learn more about the winter Games. During the holidays we have a fun winter sports trail for the under 5's and a mascot hunt for the older children. Entry is free.

You can also take part in our Winter activities online including:

Winter Mascots hunt
Winter Games factsheet
Winter sports Widgit activity
Learn how to sign 'skiing' in BSL

Meet Paralympic swimmer Robin Surgeoner MBE

Join The National Paralympic Heritage Trust on Thursday 13th December 7-8pm for a free virtual talk with nine-time Paralympic champion swimmer Robin Surgeoner MBE who competed between 1984 and 1992. Find out what it took to compete at an elite level and hear how those experiences have informed Robin’s life.

Book here:
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
Youth Dance Performance Project for ages 11-16 (no previous dance experience needed)
Workshop times: Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm, 4 Jan - 8 Feb 23 at Wycombe Arts Centre, High Wycombe - Performance/showing: 10 February (evening, time TBC)
Come and join a fun, informal group where you get to create a contemporary dance piece together. We will use stories and personal experiences that will help you to create movement based on a set theme.
We welcome those that take dance classes on a regular basis and those who haven’t tried it before.
Cost: Free trial class! £36 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
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: 2oth January 17th February & 17th Mach 2023
 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.

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:

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
United and Stronger - Wednesday 15th Feb 2023 - 12pm -4pm

United and Stronger is a aimed and strengthen female relationships through a variety of workshops eg Photography Art Cooking Sports.

For more information and to book email or
To book contact
MOB: 07563383697/07590624266

The next issue is due on the 2nd of February 2023 with the deadline for submissions on the 31st of January.

Please remember to share your successes with us so we can share in the Fresh Works section of this newsletter.

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

Buckinghamshire Teachers Celebrate as Creative and Cultural Champions

Buckinghamshire Cultural Education Partnership, Young Creative Bucks, celebrated the achievement of the first cohort of their Bucks Cultural and Creative Champions last month at Discover Bucks Museum. Supported by Artswork, the programme’s aim is to provide creative and inspirational professional development for teachers and support them to build links with the cultural sector to bring more creativity into the classroom and make sure all their young people can enjoy the cultural richness of the county. 

Andria Zafirakou, winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Award, presented our first Champions with their certificates and a signed copy of her book Those Who Can, Teach. She spoke movingly about the transformative impact she had seen in some of her own students when given creative and artistic opportunities and why it is so important that all children and young people should have these chances. 


On Location Film Festival
12-23rd October 2022

This year, for the first time ever, the On Location Film Festival took place in the Chiltern Hills area. A series of spectacular events and unique screenings took place over two weeks and played host to over 1000 people. 
Events ranged from 'The Codfather', a screening of the Godfather in the Amersham Fish Bar, Cinema Paradiso in Roots cafe, Laurel and Hardy at the Good Earth Gallery and American Werewolf in London at the Full Moon Pub. 
Along with unusual screenings, community events such as Harry Potter workshops took place at the Chesham Library and window displays in JPS Stationers and Chapter Two Bookshop, displaying both the history of cinema in Chesham and books that have become films. 
To top it all off, the festival ended with a fantastic musical event, Nosferatu at Dundridge Manor Farm with an original score performed by the wonderful Echor Music. 
Keep an eye out for next year's festival on the social medias @onlocationfilmfestival on Facebook and Instagram!


Young People Create Abstract Map Art with Young Creative Bucks and Artformed

26 young people from 3 different youth settings worked with Young Creative Bucks and Artformed to create abstracts.
Young people used paint pens on canvas panels, to create abstract art inspired by their local area map. As a group participants explored a variety of mark-making techniques, for example, cross hatching and stippling.
Together, the groups looked at a large OS map and identified a place that meant something to them, IE a significant memory or a place that they wish to visit. Communicating reasons why that place meant something to them. 
Each young people's creative colourful canvases show's an insight into their individual creative arts passions.
They all did amazing work!



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