The Enter CIC Saturday project (Feasibility study) got off to a fantastic start on the 6th November, 2010. The first session was held at Mainsforth Community Institute and was attended by 112 youngsters aged between 4 and 16. In the run up to the first Saturday session the Enter CIC team conducted workshops in the following primary schools:
Dean Bank Primary School
Ferryhill Station Primary School
Cleves Cross Primary School
Chilton Primary School
Over 700 pupils participated in the sessions. Each school had a full day workshop and we worked with pupils from Reception to Year 6. The pupils had singing lessons, dance lessons, acting lessons and even got to use media equipment!
Enter CIC has a number of recognisable TV personalties contacts and on this occasion the pupils and school teachers were amazed to find themselves working with Johnny Dixon (Daryl Morton, Coronation Street), Phillip Hill Pearson (Bruce, Shameless) and Matt Mills (Don’t Stop Believing). We were amazed by the wealth of talent in the Ferryhill Schools. Our original intention was to identify approximately 60 to 70 pupils for the programme however after observing the pupils enthusiasm and raw talent we revisited this figure and invited over 100 children to the Saturday programme
Upon arrival at Mainsforth the youngsters were greeted by the site of a room full of keyboards, electric guitars, drums, grand piano and an enthusiastic bunch of staff eager to get started and what a day was had!.
This short project has been funded by Councillor David Farry and Durham County Council and will help run the feasibility study up to Christmas where the children will showcase their talents in a performance.