Workshop a boost for confidence of children from Sutton Bridge, Holbeach St Mark’s and Gedney Drove End

Key stage two pupils of Westmere primary school at Sutton Bridge participated in a Young Americans workshop alongside Holbeach St Mark’s primary and Gedney Drove End primary to enhance their performance skills.

Young Americans – a group of 18-22 year-old students from a performing arts college in California – travel for three months at a time, teaching around the world. Over three days they taught new skills in dance, music and drama.

Young Americans workshop.

Young Americans workshop.

The first two days were held at Westmere and the final day was at Springfields Event Centre in Spalding where the children gave a performance.

Westmere pupils have taken part in the workshops before and headteacher, Karyn Wiles, thinks they help build the children’s confidence.

Teacher, Salley Massey, said she even saw a difference in class behaviour – attitudes were more positive.

She described the final performance as “phenomenal”, “a joy to watch” and 350 people attended. The centre even put on sound and lighting for the pupils.

Westmere teachers felt the pupils learned a lot – about themselves, as well as new skills. Salley said they loved joining in and would encourage schools who get the chance to take part.

• More pictures in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.