Each year the society’s members make voluntary donations to a fund to support the arts in local schools.

Each June an email is sent to all the Primary Schools in Croydon inviting bids for a grant to be used to carry out an art project. All the bids are judged for their ability actively to engage pupils, teachers and parents in the project. In the school year 2010/11 over 500 children from three schools were involved in three very different activities:

  • producing dry-point etchings
  • constructing a large mosaic for an external school wall
  • designing and making a felt wall hanging for the Parish Church.

The wall hanging commemorated not only the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, but also the re-designation of the Parish Church as a Minster. The pictures illustrate the children working on the wall hanging.

For all the projects, photographs and films were taken showing the children working. A DVD was produced for each school and for the Society.

These grants to the schools were funded by the voluntary contributions from our members and by a grant from NADFAS. These enabled a specialist artist to be employed in each case to guide the children.

Hayes School Mural

Over 40 years ago a swimming pool was built by parents of The Hayes School, Kenley. In 2011 it was linked to the main building by a covered entrance and additional facilities added. This means that pupils from special schools and community groups as well as those from neighbouring schools can now use the pool.

In January 2012, the school, held a competition for the pupils to design a mural with the theme “Water” to be put on the wall of the new entrance. Over a period of several weeks sixteen talented artists from the school, helped by three students from the Oasis Academy, Coulsdon, completed the mural. The entrance now provides an exciting and stimulating welcome to the pool.

Redgates School

The Society has also been supporting work at Redgates School, Selsdon

Redgates is a small school in Selsdon for children in the Borough of Croydon who are severely impared. An artist helped the pupils to construct a collage. all the children worked in small grroups tocomplete the collage which now hangs on a wall inside the school. As soon as the children enter the school, they are taught a sign language called Makalon. They sent this message using the sign language to thank the Society for its help