Dancing, music and culture will feature at a celebration event marking the end of the first term of the Tendring Junior Wardens’ project.
Year six pupils from six Tendring schools have learnt about different cultures as part of the initiative, which this year is tackling the issue of hate crime.
Youngsters have taken part in workshops, learning about Chinese culture and calligraphy, Bollywood dance and African drumming and storytelling. They have also taken part in art sessions from the Essex County Council-run Jaywick Martello Tower.
One engaging session was organised by Refugee Action Colchester, where a teenage Syrian refugee told children about his experience fleeing conflict since the age of nine.
Schools involved this term are Alresford Primary School, Frinton Primary School, Rolph Primary School, Thorpe-le-Soken, St Andrew’s Primary School, Weeley, St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, Clacton, and Great Clacton Junior School.
The project is culminating in a showcase event at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on Monday, July 16, where young people will demonstrate some of the arts they have learnt.
A booklet, featuring poems and literature created by pupils steered by an author who was part of the Junior Wardens project, will also be launched.
Six further schools are taking part in the autumn term.
The initiative has been funded by £10,000 from the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Development Fund, with funding also given by the Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower, and run by Tendring District Council (TDC).
Lynda McWilliams, TDC Cabinet Member for Health and Education, said the project was going from strength to strength.
“Junior Wardens has been going for a few years now but is continuing to expand and get better and better,” Cllr McWilliams said.
“There has even been interest from schools outside of Tendring, showing just how well thought of the project is as we’ve not even promoted it externally to the district.
“I can’t wait to see the performances from the children at the celebration event.”