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Gateway School take over the Roald Dahl Museum

Posted on: 05 Dec 2013

On Friday 22 November, Year 6 pupils at Gateway School enjoyed the unique opportunity to take over the Roald Dahl Museum. This was the first time the staff of the Great Missenden museum had ever handed over the reins during the national “Kids in Museums Takeover Day.”

The purpose of the day was to provide the pupils with meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. Throughout the day groups of pupils worked with the museum’s archivist, Rachel White, to curate an exhibition for the “Boy” gallery. This will remain on display until Christmas. At the same time, a rotation of pupils became ‘living waxworks’ around the museum while others created Roald Dahl character illustrations in Miss Honey’s Classroom.

The highlight for many, were the pupil performances of “The Life and Books of Roald Dahl”, a play written and directed by Gateway School’s drama teacher, Wendy O’Hare. Several performances were put on for visitors, including one for a group of 12 residents from the Abbeyfield care home in Great Missenden, who were thrilled to meet with the stars of the show, so much so that they stayed on for a cup of tea!

The idea to take over the Roald Dahl Museum was the joint initiative of Adam Atkinson and Denise Poor and the Education team at the museum. Together, they devised and realised a dynamic programme of ideas and activities for the day.

“Takeover Day with Gateway School was great fun and a real success. The museum and the school worked closely together and came up with some wonderful activity ideas for the day,” said Amelia Foster, Director of the Museum. “This was an inspiring experience for the pupils, as well as for museum visitors and staff.”

“We strongly believe in interactive learning at Gateway School. The Museum Takeover Day provided an opportunity for the Year 6 pupils to showcase their abilities and to see how an idea became an exciting project” said Headteacher, Mrs La Farge. She continued: “Our students grasped every opportunity and they demonstrated what a talented group they are, I am very proud of them all. The Roald Dahl Museum Takeover Day was certainly a success and as a result of this we have also created a lasting bond with the museum and Abbeyfield home in Great Missenden.”

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