Since 2012, Peterlee Partnership schools have organised an annual festival for the children. Each year the children learn a dance which they perform together on the day of the festival. A group of children come together before the festival to write a Festival song. This is written, performed and then taught in the schools by local folk-songwriter Katie Doherty. Children then perform the song during the Festival day. Children visit different schools each year and join together in a range of organised activities. They share a picnic lunch.
FESTIVAL 7: 4 July 2018
This year’s theme was ‘Teamwork’ and over 2500 children took part in 5 venues.
FESTIVAL 6: 5 July 2017
This year festivals included ‘Drum Cafe’ visits, circus skills and sporting activities.
FESTIVAL 5: 6 July 2016
This year’s festival was attended by almost 2500 children across 4 venues. The theme was ‘Colour’ and all schools created a rainbow-themed banner to celebrate their ethos and aims. There were some fantastic results!
FESTIVAL 4: 7 July 2015
Over 2000 children attended venues across East Durham to celebrate the theme of ‘Respect’ and children’s rights.
FESTIVAL 3: 9 July 2014
Almost 1800 children celebrated together in clusters for the 3rd annual Peterlee Partnership Children’s Festival. This year’s theme was ‘One World’ and schools made banners to represent Commonwealth Countries.
FESTIVAL 2: 12 July 2013
The second Children’s Festival took place in a number of venues across the area. Children came together to sing their new song and perform their dance to the other schools.
FESTIVAL 1: 21 September 2012
The first Peterlee Partnership Children’s Festival brought children together to join in activities, singing and dancing. The theme was friendship and the children had the opportunity join visit other schools and make new friends.