Tuesday 27th March 2012 will forever be etched into the minds of our year 11 Creative and Media Diploma students as the day they transformed the main hall into our very own Baltic Gallery.
As part of their course work, the students had to come up with an idea for a festival to organise and manage from start to finish. They decided to organise an Art exhibition to showcase the work of every KS3 student in the Academy - all 763 of them - and make the exhibition open to family and friends.
Following an intensive morning spent with Rachel Adam, the organiser of NewcastleGateshead's "Juice" Festival, where questions were fired at a fast and furious rate, the team were raring to get going with their plans for the first ever Art exhibition on such a grand scale at Lord Lawson.
Team roles were decided and we all went away with lists of jobs and tasks to complete in the run-up to the big day - from painting the display boards, to baking cakes for the refreshment stall, from writing a letter to invite family and friends to designing the tickets, website and posters to publicise the event. Everyone was involved and had a big part to play in getting the show on the road.
And get the show on the road they most certainly did! When the doors opened at 5pm on Tuesday evening it was a magnificent sight to see. Superb art work right round the hall - with 3D clay work, tonal pencil observation work, watercolour landscapes, mixed media imaginative work, oil pastel portraits, games design, video installations and interactive green screen activities to name but a few.
Thank you to the many parents who visited the exhibition on Tuesday and saw what an amazingly talented bunch of students we have here at Lord Lawson. Your kind support is much appreciated, and I know how much you enjoyed seeing the student work on display from the encouraging feedback you all left afterwards.
Huge words of thanks go out to the Art department and the KS3 students for producing such terrific work in the first place and allowing us to borrow it for the evening - you stars!
More thanks go to Mr Goodwill and his Year 11 Engineers whose technical skills hinged and secured the boards together. Top marks to the gang, Mr G.
Thank you to Design Studio for printing and cutting tickets and posters, and thanks to the office staff for sending out letters and tickets to every single parent of a KS3 student - much appreciated!
Finally, and most importantly, my thanks go out to the Year 11 Creative and Media group:
.....who made the entire night possible.
Thanks go to Sheila Morris and her labelling team for making sure every piece of work that we couldn't use, because it was attached to a sketch book, was copied and labelled on time. Quite a feat! Thank you everyone for your hard work and determination in making the exhibition such a success. I'm really proud of what you have achieved as a team.