Making our bus stops come alive with beautiful work
Working with our local bus company, ‘Liberty Bus’ and the very kind help of a new innovative tech company, we will be using the ‘Loka’ app to bring interactive content to our bus station and routes out west. In addition to this, the launch of this project will be coinciding with Jersey’s first literary festival; ‘Connections, Jersey Festival of Words’. The festival is being launched on September 30th of this year.
Students will be given an anthology of writing ranging from Wordsworth to Joseph Conrad. Students will be expected to read through and analyse each piece of writing. They will need to make informed choices on which extract of text would be most appropriate for their chosen bus stop. Students need to visit their stop. They can record their thoughts as a journal, take photographs, record noise and make sketches. This work will be set at the end of the Summer term and be set as a homework task over the summer holidays.
As soon as students come back to school, they will be working on developing their extracts and personal writing into a beautiful two page spread for a book. This work will also be linked to individual bus stops using the ‘Loka’ app where passengers will be able to ‘join the story’ as they enter the bus. Passengers can explore the literary links to the landscapes our students have been investigating and their chosen text and artwork.
The purpose of this is to enable our students to make beautiful work from their reading of complex historical texts, and to make this understanding into something of real value to our community.
We have the ethusiatic green light from Liberty Bus and the new literary festival. Some additional support from local businesses and organisations would ensure that this event would leave a legacy of work for the island’s population and visitors to enjoy.
During the festival itself, we are planning to make and print a real book of the work of our students and use Liberation Bus Station as a hub for some of our creative responses. Passengers on the buses will be able to join the buses and ‘hook up’ using their phones to the digital content by the bluetooth antennas placed around the west of the island’s bus stops. We are also hoping to create printed or laser engraved content onto the buses themselves and within the bus stops.
Over the coming years, we would hope to add content to the bus stops around the island, creating a legacy of inspired literature for bus users to interact with on a more permanent basis, making the bus stops themselves a genuine tourist attraction.
At Les Quennevais School, we believe that all our students are capable of excellent work providing the conditions for excellence are being met. This project, with it’s links to a range of local businesses, exciting events and the opportunity for our students work to have a real impact on its community and visitors should be a great impetus for our students to ensure their work is outstanding. Having won a recent global competition for ‘Extraordinary Work’, we know we have the capacity for making incredible things happen! We will be underpinning this learning expedition with two principles which we know will bring the best out of our students:
An Ethic of Excellence and REAL projects
As a learning expedition, certain characteristics will be expected in the design of learning, which may be inherent in all learning, but this is about being explicit, leaving no stone unturned in our approach to ensuring all students create beautiful work. For every student to have their work exhibited, it HAS to be excellent. Exemplar work, rubrics or success criteria for each stage will need to be carefully crafted for students to deeply understand the process needed to create excellent work. The work of the Innovation Units REAL projects framework gives us a good benchmark to ensure we are designing work which matters and will develop the skills and understanding of our students.
A REAL Project is not just any project used to organise learning. A REAL Project:
Over the coming weeks and months, as the project develops, we will be posting our plans and sharing the exciting work we are hoping to create.