St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

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Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Our Artsmark Journey Blog

In January 2024, we began our Artsmark journey at St Pius X Catholic Primary School. We have identified areas of focus tailored to our school development, which have been outlined in the Statement of Commitment, which can be found below. Find out more about the Artsmark at

We are really excited to share our Artsmark journey with you!

May Procession - May 2024

We held our May Procession on Wednesday afternoon, when we crowned our statue of Our Lady and presented her with flowers.

Each class used different techniques to create flowers. There were examples of collage, 3D sculptures and paint. Our school choir had also been rehearsing for this special event during hymn practice and choir club. They sang beautifully and supported the rest of the school in doing so, too.

All the children took part and from our Littlest Lambs to our oldest Year 6, they helped to make it a joyful occasion. It was the most beautiful afternoon for it and we were delighted we could hold it on the first day of May, the month dedicated to Our Lady. 

The School’s 50th Birthday Artwork - April 2024

In the autumn term, the whole school worked with artist and illustrator, Sophie Martin, to produce a piece of artwork each, showing our Gospel Values through illustration. The children made fantastic designs, which are now up on display in our school to celebrate the school’s 50th Birthday. The Bishop was very impressed! 

PrintFest Ulverston - April 2024

In spring term, Year 5 worked with artist, Garry Gifford, to develop their printing skills and techniques. They produced some amazing artwork which will be displayed around The Coro at Printfest Ulverston for the public to see from Friday 3rd May - Sunday 5th May.

In addition to the event at The Coro, there is also Printfest Fringe celebrating the arts and culture of Ulverston over the Printfest weekend. Fringe maps can be downloaded from the Printfest website or collected from the Coro.

Writing and Performing Raps - March 2024

Year 5 enjoyed writing and performing rap music in their curriculum this term. 

Year 6 Attended The Lowry - March 2024

Year 6 had a great time at ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ in Manchester.
The children were really engaged with the theatre production of the story that they’d read last year. It was lovely to hear that some of them enjoyed the book the most!

Festival of Colours -  March 2024

Year 3 have been taking part in the Festival of Colours with Barrow Full.

On Thursday, they worked with Woo Jin, a textile artist from Korea, using pattern and symmetry to create a paper cut to celebrate the new lunar year of the dragon.

On Friday, they went to The Forum where they were able to admire their amazing artwork which will be on display for everyone during the festival weekend. They also  took part in more workshops to decorate a luck sign and make a Bulgarian friendship bracelet.

Finally,  they headed to the stage for their moment of dance magnificence.

Well done everyone!

What is Art? - January 2024

Mr McGoldrick led a whole school Prayer and Liturgy assembly based on art and artists. The children were shown images and asked to decide whether they thought it was 'art' or not. As the pictures were discussed, he encouraged us to think about the natural beauty on our earth and to think about who the artist was who created these beautiful things, including US!

We now understand that God is also an artist, who created each and every one of us and he wants us to be artists, just like him.

Statement of Commitment - January 2024